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Feb 2, 2002: BaguLa Panchami Dinam: AarAdhanam for Sadhguru ThyAgarAja Swamy at ThiruvayyARu : Part I

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sat Feb 02 2002 - 06:51:21 PST

SrI:

Dear BhakthAs of SrI RaamachandrA :

Today is a blessed day. Besides being the Thirunakshathram
of Swamy KUrEsar , it is also the AarAdhanam day for one
of the greatest Raama BhakthAs at ThiruvayyARu on
the banks of Cauvery river . Sathguru ThyAgarAja SwamigaL 
is that apoorva Raama Bhakthar, who performed NithyArAdhanam 
for Janaki SamEtha Raamabhadran , conversed with Him in 
the madhura BhAshai of SangItham from dawn to dusk . 
At his resting place (brundhaavanam) on the banks  of 
Cauvery ,SrI Raama Naama SankIrthanam reverberates 
all the time. The archA Moorthy of Lord Rmachandra 
worshipped by Saint ThyagarAja is today at his relatives'  
home at Varahappiyer Lane in the City of ThanjAvoor. 

In this posting adiyEn will have a Raama Naama AshtOttharam 
(108 dhivya Naamas of Lord Raamabhadran ) culled from 
the Naamakusumams enshrined in Saint ThyagarAjA's krithis. 
In subsequent postings, adiyEn will focus on some of 
the beautiful krithis of the Saint on Lord Raama .
For Saint ThyagarAjar ,  the whole world was 
Raama Mayam.The meanings of the many naamAs 
chosen by the Saint are deep and are straight 
from Upanishads and Srimadh RaamAyaNam of Adhi Kavi 
ValmIki. It is no wonder since Saint is saluted as 
the avathAram of Sage VaalmIki.There are some strict 
VaishNavAs , who criticize Saint ThyagarAja as not 
a true VaishNava because he sang about Gods other than 
Sriman NaarAyaNan at one stage of his life . All of this 
does not hold water with me . Any one qualified enough by 
His or Her "Tapas" and NithyAnushtAnam to have had 
the parama bhAgyam of the SaakshArkhAram (direct darsanam ) 
of Lord Raamachandran with His family members 
( SitA pirAtti, LakshmaNa Swamy and HanumAn) not once , 
but twice in his life time is beyond any of these criticisms. 
Such critics commit only BhagavathApachAram to one , 
who is so dear to SrI Raamachandra Para Brahmam. 
All these aside,let us enjoy the dhivya NaamAs used by 
the Saint to salute the Lord of AyOdhyA .
 
Some 28 years ago , Sriman PurushOtthaman
of Andhra pradhEsh SangItha Naataka Academy 
wrote a beautiful monograph on the Krithis of 
Saint ThyaagarAjaa .He culled and classified 
the dhivya NaamAs used by the Saint in his krithis 
into number of categories such as :

1. RaamA as the Lord of the Universe:" CharAchArAthmaka ,
   LOkadhAra , SakalAdhAra " et al.

2. Parama Purusha ( Lord Supreme): " ApramEya , DEvadhidEvan, 
   ParAthparan, SvaprakAsan" et al

3. Lord of the VedAs and Aagamas (Veda Purushan): "Nigama-
   sArArthan, Aagama moolan.."

4. Lord as Srushti KarthA ( Jagath KaaraNan ): 
   " AkhilANDa KOti BrahmANDa Naayakan...."

5. Lord Eternal( Saasvathan):" Aadhimoolan, SanAthanan,
   PurANa Purushan..."

6. Lord Ineffable: " VaachamAgOcharan "

7. Protector of the Meek and the Good (Bhaktha Rakshakan): 
   "Aasritha ParAdhInan, Aapath BhAndhavan ,Bhaktha Sulabhan,
   Sritha Jana pOshakan..."

8. The grantor of Moksham: " Bhava Thaarakan , Bhava Roga haraNan,
   SaraNyan ..."

9. Sarva Parisuddhan: "AkaLankan , NirdhOshan , Nirmalan...
   NirvikAran , Raagarahithan..."

10. Peronification of Fullness: ParipoorNan , ParipoorNa Kaaman..

11. Source of Auspiciousness: " Sreekaran, amitha Subhakaran ..."

12. Embodiment of Mercy: " AvyAja KaruNA saagaran, DhayA Sindhu,
    GhruNAkaran, krupaalavAlan , KaruNA Jaladhi..."

13. Source of Bliss: "NithyAnandhan , Charama Phala Prahdan.."

14. Source of Sarva MangaLams:" KshEma-karan ,  SukhAspadhan ,
    Sukha-dAyakan".

15. Remover of all Sins:" Paapa VimOchanan, Paapa thimira VibhAkaran,
    AgaharanPaapa HaraNan.."

16. Souce of DharmA:" DharmAthmaa.."

17. Source of Divine Wisdom & Sanctity: "Sujn~aana  nidhi,
    PuNya SlOkan.."

18. Abode of Festivity:" NithyOthsavan, NithyOthsava Roopan.."

19: Grantor of Boons: "Kaamitha-Paladhan, Varadhan.."

20. Dweller in the heart of learned: "Budha Jana vidhAran,
    Budha ManOharan.."

Saint ThyagarAjA's celebration of the Supreme and unmatched beauty 
of Sri Raamachandran and describtion of the soundharyam of 
His limbs and faculties as  well as His dhivya guNams as 
the Son of DasaraTan, the prince of AyOdhyA , SeethA's husband 
are beautifully described by SrI PurushOtthaman in his 
scholarly book. 

As for myself , I will select a One Hundred and Eight
NaamAvaLi from the Krithis of Saint ThyagarAjA 
and place it at the sacrd feet of Lord Raamachandran
on this specail day . I would leave the mapping of 
the selected naamAms to the individual krithis of 
the Saint to the readers. I will refer to the RaagAs of 
the Krithis next to the Naamams for easy mapping. 

Selected Raama Naama KusumAnjalis of Thyaga Brahmam 
**********************************************
1-10:
*****

( PraNavam) SeethAvarAya Nama:/ DevaghAndhAri
(    "    ) AathmA RaamAya nama:/ DevaghAndhAri
(    "    ) Taaraka CharithAya Nama:/ ThOdi
(    "    ) AkhilANDakODi BrahmANDa NaaTAya Nama:/Balahamsa
(    "    ) KaruNAkarAya Nama:/SankarAbharaNam
(    "    ) SrIkAnthAya Nama:/Udhaya RavichandrikA
(    "    ) SaakEtha RaamAya Nama:/KaraharapriyA 
(    "    ) Aaptha SulabhAya Nama:/Bhairavi
(    "    ) Gaja Raaja RakshakAya Nama:/AabhOgi
(    "    ) GhAna LOlAya nama:/Kannada GowLA


11-20: (Please add PraNavam before the individual Naamams
*********************************************************
-- TaruNAruNa-nibha CharaNAya Nama:/KedAra GowLai
-- Sath-bhaktha-BhAgadhEyAya Nama:/AtANA 
-- ParipoorNa KaamAya Nama:/Poorvi KalyANi
-- Paapa HaraNAya Nama:/HusEni
-- Kuvala-DaLa NayanAya Nama:/Naattakurinji
-- SarvOnnadhAya Nama:/ Naaga-ghAndhAri
-- SrI ThyagarAja PrEmAvathArAya Nama:/ThOdi
-- Aagama MoolAya Nama:/Bhairavi
-- SOmArka LOchanAya Nama:/DharbhAr
-- SrI Raama-Raamaaya Nama:/GOpikA Vasantham

21-30:
******

-- PhaNi SayanAya Nama:/BhouLi
-- DayA NidhayE Nama:/SourAshtram
-- Asura Madha HaraNAya Nama:/KedAra GouLai
-- RaghunandhanAya Nama:/SahaanA
-- aNDaja SuvAhaNAya Nama:/Balahamsa
-- Parama-pavithrAyA Nama:/PunnagavarALi
-- Sadh-bhaktha MandArAya nama:/RavichnadrikA
-- NirupAdhikAya Nama:/Vijaya Vasanathaa
-- Parama PurushAya nama:/MadhyamAvathi
-- SrI RaamachandhrAya Nama:/NabhOmaNi

31-40:
******

-- Jaya RAmAya nama:/MadhyamAvathi
-- SrungAra RaamAya Nama:/MadhyamAvathi
-- VaradhAya nama:/PanthuvarALi
-- RamaNIya NaamAya Nama:/DharbhAr
-- DEvadhi-DEvAya Nama:/PoorNachandrikA
-- SuguNa-Vaari-nidhayE nama:/KalAnidhi
-- Raaga-rahithAya Nama:/ThODi
-- Naadha-BrahmAnandha RoopAya nama:/MukhAri
-- SeethA manOharAyaa Nama:/Raama ManOhari
-- SanAtanAya nama:/SaarangA

41-50:
*****

-- BhAnu-vamsa TilakAya Nama:/Bhairavi
-- AajAnubhAhavE Nama:/Kaapi
-- SrI-NaaTAya Nama:/VasanthA
-- KamalA KaLathrAya Nama:/BrundhAvana SaarangA
-- KousalyA SuputhrAya Nama:/BrundhAvana SaarangA
-- KamanIya GhAthrAya nama:/BrundhAvana SaarangA
-- KaruNA samudhrAya nama:/ BrundhAvana saarangA
-- DinamaNi Vamsa TilakAya nama:/Hari KaambhOji
-- Taatha vachana PaalakAya Nama:/NaarAyaNI
-- Pavana Sutha PriyAya Nama:/Mohanam

51-54:
*****

-- Taaraka NaamAya nama:/Deva GhAndhAri
-- SaraNAgatha-VathsalAya nama:/SaavEri
-- DasaraTa NandhanAya Nama:/AsAvEri
-- SeethA-Hrujjaladhi SOmAya Nama:/SaavEri

As we reflect on the meanings of these beautiful and 
auspicious names that Sathguru ThyAgara Swamy chose to
perform AarAdhanam to Lord Raamachandran, one can 
not help relate to the nava Vidha Bhakthi displayed
by this special Raama Bhakthar to his Ishta Dhaivam.

adiyEn will conclude this posting with the rest of t
he AshtOttharam in the next posting.

SrI Raamachandra ParabrahmaNE Nama:
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan   

 
    



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