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Abhaya Hasta of Lord

From: K Balaji (
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 21:36:16 PST

>                                     Sri:
> SrimathE RangarAmAnuja MahAdEsikAya Namaha
> SrimathE NigamAntha MahAdEsikAya Namaha
> SrimathE BhagavathE BhAshyakArAya MahAdEsikAya Namaha
> Sri RanganAtha Divyamani PadukAbhyAm Namaha
> Srimate Sri Lakshminrisimha Parabrahmane Nama:
> Srimate Ramanujaya Nama:
> Srimate Nigamantha Mahadesikaya Nama:
> Srimate Athivan Satakopa Yathindra Mahadesikaya Nama:
> Srimate Srivan Satakopa Sri Vedantadesika Yathindra Mahadesikaya Nama:
> Srimate Sri Lakshminrisimha Dhivya Padhukasevaka
> Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yathindra Mahadesikaya Nama
> Dear Bhagavatas,
> 1. Is Lord Varadarajan also known as Lord Devarajan.  Was kUrathazwAr's
> Devaraja Ashtkam sung in praise of PerarulAlan.  Since the slokam starts
> with Namaste Hasti shailEsa ..." I believe it is on Lord Varadarajan as
> word  Hasti refers to Hasthagiri perumAl.  I also heard about a Varadaraja
> Ashtakam.  Is it different fromt Devaraja Ashtakam.
> 2.  What the Abhaya HasthA of perumAl in temples indicates to BhaktAs.
> is it placed in different postures. Different interpretations
> prevail for eg., Lord Balaji shows downwards to indicate surrender to His
> feet.   And in most of the temples it is upwards to show
> His grace.  And in some tempes ( Srimushnam, Pandaripuram) no such posture
> (hands placed on His hip).  And ThayAr  is
> always in sitting posture (probably to grace bakhtAs tirelessly through
> comfortable posture) and are all always Right HastA upwards and left
> downwards.
> Is there any specific reason given in our scriptures to keep the Lord in
> such postures based on His name or purpose of ArchA AvatAr
> Please clarify.
> Adiyen
> Balaji K
> Vachakadosha kshandavya:

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