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asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE GuruparamaparAm- 11

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 03:52:35 PST

SrImathE Gopaladesika mahadesikaya namah:

Dearest Srivaishnavas,
Please accept adiyEn’s dhaNdavath praNAmams at your feet.

We have been enjoying the unparalleled, avicchinna (uninterrupted) AchArya 
vamsa vruksham of Srivaishnava Sampradayam.

Late tuners, please go through the previous posting under the same title for 

Sri Tirukkudanthai Desikan- Sri Gopalarya Mahadesikan
Sri Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan (Sri VazhutthUr Andavan)
Sri Srinivasaramanuja Mahadesikan (TirutthuRaippUNdi Andavan)
Sri Srinivasa Mahadesikan (PeriyANdavan)

We are blessed to read upto this AchAryan last week. Sri PeriyANdavan had 
Sri PadhukAsEvaka Ramanuja muni (also called Sri Chinna Andavan), from whom 
Srirangam SrImad Andavan lineage. (Prakrutham Andavan is H.H Sri SrimushNam 

Let us continue with asmadhAchAryan vamsa vruksham’s branch: (these are 
branches of the same tree- We are just proceeding on one branch.. – I 
request other sishyas of other branches /mutts to continue later with their 
respective branch and the glories of Acharyas.

SRI VELIYANALLOOR ANDAVAN (Sri Narayana Mahadesikan):
(Courtesy: Sri Anbil Ramaswamy mama)

Among  the distinguished disciples of Periya Andavan was one Vedaanta
Tatachariar of Sankarapuram. The Tatachariars who belong to hadamarshana 
Gotram are  descendants  of  Sri  Nathamuni. Down their lineage we find such 
celebrated Savants  as  Periya  Tirumalai  Nambi,  grandson  of  Sri  
Yaamunaachaarya.  The Tatachariars  distinguished  themselves by devoted 
service to the temple notably the  Tirumalai temple. They settled in five 
different places viz., Sankarapuram, Bukkapattinam,  Satyamangalam and 
Surapuram. It was from the Sankarapuram branch
that  Sri  Vedaanta Tatachariar Swami came and sought the feet of Periya 
Andavan and studied the Vedanta Sastras under him.

Sri Krishna Tatachar Swami alias Tirup Putkuzhi Swami expressed his 
inability to assume  Sannyasa  Asrama  on  account  of  his  hereditary  
trusteeship  of Lord Varadaraja  temple  at  Kanchi.  Vedaantachariar  Swami 
was considered. He was a Naishtika  Brahmachari  (Confirmed  bachelor),  who 
  knew  no other God than his Acharya.  He  prayed  for  admission to the 
ascetic order, so that the remaining part  of  his  life  could be fully 
placed at the service of his Acharya. Periya Andavan  acceded  to  his  
prayer and took him into the holy order. He was named Sri  Narayana Maha 
Desikan_. Soon afterwards, Sri Narayana Maha Desikan left on a tour of 
Divyadesas and reached Attiyur where he remained discoursing on Ubhaya 
Vedanta  Sastras  and  administering  Pancha  Samskara,  Bharanyasa to those 
who sought his feet.

On  hearing  that  Periya Andavan had attained the lotus feet of his 
Acharya, he returned  to  Srirangam and prayed in his Brindavanam. He learnt 
that his cousin and  co-disciple  under  Periya  Andavan  succeeded  him  as 
  Acharya as _Chinna Andavan_  in  Periyasramam but had also passed away. He 
was greatly upset at the passing  away  of two yathis and desired to stay at 
Periyasramam to continue the work of Periya Andavan. But, as he faced many 
obstacles, he moved to Singar Koil
where  he  stayed  for  a few days. Then, he proceeded to Vennar bank, 
Thanjavur where he stayed till the end of his life. Here he organized the 
annual festivals to  Swami  Desika  whose image had been installed in 
Thanjai Neelameghap Perumal Koil  by  Nainar Acharya. He passed away in his 
Asrama on the bank of Vennar and lies  interred  there.  Since Velianallur 
Andavan was a cousin of Chinna Andavan (1825-1895  AD)  and  slightly his 
elder and outlived him by a few years, we may place him between 1825- 1900 

asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE GuruparamparAm…

adiyEn humbly requests with folded hands to each Bhagawatha of this list, to 
contribute your mite for the 81st Jayanthi celebration. Please pay your 
obeisance by contributing your mite and donate generously to the cause of 
the 81st Tirunakshatram celebrations planned for March 24-31, 2001. 
Contributions from the USA are tax exempt. Please mail your checks to:

c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan,
7821 W Alder Drive
Littleton, CO 80128

Please indicate on the memo of your check that your contribution is for 
Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam.

For those in India, please send the cheque or drafts in favour of "S.P.A.V 
Trust a/c- 81st Jayanthi  and send to Srikaryam, Srimad Poundarikapuram 
Andavan Ashramam, 43- A/13, Asramam Road, Srirangam, TRICHY.  PIN 620006, 

PLEASE PLEDGE BEFORE this month end so that we can arrange to send by Mar 
3rd to organizers. Thank you.

AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Narayana Narayana
adiyEn Acharyan Thiruvadi Narayana dAsan madhavakkannan
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