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SrI UtthamUr SwAmi's Thirunakshatram Celebrations

From: Anand K Karalapakkam (kgk_at_md2.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 02:07:54 PST

SrI:
SrI PadmAvati SamEta SrInivAsa ParabramhaNE namaH
SrI abhinava dESika UttamUr VIrarAghavArya mahAdESikAya namaH

 namO nArAyaNa!

 Dear devotees,

 The Thirunakshatram celebrations of "abhinava dESika" -
 SrI UtthamUr VIrarAghavAchArya went on very well
 for 10 days (26th Jan to 4th Feb 2002) as organized by
 SrI Uttamur Viraraghavachariar Centenary Trust. The GIta
 BhAshya Sadas, UpanyAsams by eminent vidvAns,
 VEda-Divya Prabandha PArAyanam and endownment lecture
 (Deptartment of  VaishNavism) by SrI SrIvatsA~nkAchArya (*)
 at University of Madras were the main highlights. 

 (*) SrI NS RAmAnuja TAtAchArya was the original speaker;
       But couldn't attend due to ill-health.

 As a part of the function at the University of Madras, Certificates 
 and Cash Awards (Rs.1000/-)  were distributed to students of 
 SrI VaishNava sampradAya (selected after recommendations from 
 various pATasAlas) excelling in NyAya, MImAmsa, VyAkarana, 
 ViSishTAdvaita VEdAnta, Sanskrit SAhitya, VEda adhyayanam, 
 Divya Prabandha and DESika Prabandha adhyayanam and DESika Stotra 
 adhyayanam. A special cash award (Rs.1000/-) and certificate was 
 issued for those Ph.D.candidates who register the thesis topic on 
 any of the works by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi. After the completion of 
 their Ph.D., the Trust  shall award Rs.4000/- for such students. 
 These activities for the encouragement of students excelling in 
 various fields are being carried out by the Trust for the past few 
 years. 

 In order to encourage and honour young, talented 
 upanyAsakas, the Trust conferred the title 
 "abhinavIya Pravachana MaNiH" and cash award of Rs.1000/- to 
 SrI U.Ve. Mukundagiri V Ananthapadmanaban, the current
 Sub-Editor of SrI Nrusimha PriyA.

 All the awards were sponsored by various abhimAnis of 
 SrI UtthamUr SwAmi. 

 All the awardees were presented with a Gold-Plated Silver 
 Medallion enshrined with the image of SrI UtthamUr SwAmi,
 sponsored by GR Tahngamaligai {Jewellers},T Nagar.
 
 SrI SrIvatsA~nkAchArya SwAmi, a premier sishya of SrI UtthamUr 
 SwAmi was honoured by the Trust for being one among the 
 prestigious President's Award Winner for scholarship in Sanskrit,
 for this year. Incidentally, the first recipient of this 
 award soon after it was instituted by the Govt.of India in 
 1960 was none other than SrI UtthamUr SwAmi.
 
 The following books were re-printed and released on the eve
 of the thirunakshatram celebrations : 

 1. ThiruvAimozhi (5,6,7 patthu in one book) :
    The stock got over; Other patthus are available 
    from 100 to 200 copies as minimal. Hence, for balancing the 
    deficit and to complete the availability of ThiruvAimozhi set,
    this was re-printed alongwith a short one page Introduction 
    by SrI PayyampADi VE~nkaTavaradAchArya.

 2. Bhagavad-GIta - Tamil Commentary by UtthamUr SwAmi
    {Sponsored by SrI Madhavakannan and SrI Achutaraman}.
    The additional features in the re-print are 

   (i) A four page life-sketch of SrI UtthamUr SwAmi in English
       by aDiyEn.

  (ii) One page Introduction by SrI PayyampADi VE~nkaTavaradAchArya.

 (iii) Enlisting of some of the Awards and Titles of SrI UtthamUr
       SwAmi at the back cover.

 3. Upanishad-SAram - Tamil treatise by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi on
    the salient teachings of various authoritative Upanishads.
    Sponsorship : Devotees from Bahrain.

 4. SrI-BhAshya SAram - Tamil treatise by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi.
    Its for the first two adhyAyas.

 This year is also special in some of the following ways, apart from 
 the 105th thirunakshatram of SrI UtthamUr SwAmi :

 * 120th (60+60) Thirunakshatram of SrI KozhiyAlam SwAmi
 
 * 70th Thirunakshatram of SrI PayyampADi VE~nkaTavaradAchArya swAmi  
   (Successor of UtthamUr SwAmi)

 More books have been planned to be re-printed on the 
 eve of the above two forthcoming celebrations and also
 on the next thirunakshatram of SrI UtthamUr Swami. The  
 work in progress are for the following  :

 1. BhEda-SAmrAjyam : KOzhiyAlam SwAmi's scholarly work on
    ViSishTAdvaita. 

 2. Parapaksha-NirAkruti : KOzhiyAlam SwAmi's polemic work 
    against advaita. Mainly aanandamaya-adhikaraNam is the topic 
    of discussion - a very highly regarded work. 

 3. VaikhAnasa Vijayam - Short Skt work by UtthamUr SwAmi, on
    VaikhAnasa Aagama.

 4. NayadyumaNi bhUmika by UtthamUr SwAmi.  
    
 5. Bhagavad GIta with GIta BhAshyam, TAtparya Chandrika and 
    SrI UtthamUr SwAmi's TippaNi and detailed Introduction.
 
 6. Tamil Trans of Bhagavad GIta BhUmika by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi 
    {everything in the tAtparya-chandrika edition prior to the 
     starting of the actual GIta} by SrI SrIvatsA~nkAchArya.
     It is not a verbatim translation, but brings out the 
     author's message.
 
 7.  BhAvaprakASika edn by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi.
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 Acknowledgement : Though aDiyEn is not a member of the Executive 
 committee of the Trust, aDiyEn thanks them for kindly approving
 all of my suggestions and plans especially for the Books 
 Publication Scheme.

 President SrI K.G.Krishnan (aDiyEn's father) and 
 Secretary SrI U.Ve. T.V.Rajagopalan {SrI UtthamUr SwAmi's son}
 needs special mention for their efforts in making the 
 celebration a grand success.
 
 aDiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
 Anand.


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