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Sahasra Kalasa AbhishEkam at ThiruveLLUr : Feb 15-17, 1998

From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sun Feb 08 1998 - 17:36:26 PST

                                SRI : 

SrimathE Sri Lakshminrusimha ParabrahmaNE nama:

Sri Kanakavalli nAyikA Sametha Sri VeerarAghava ParabrahmaNE nama: 

SrimathE Sri Lakshminrusimha Divya PaadhukhAsevaka
SrivaNN SatkOpa Sri SatakOpa RaamAnuja Yatheendhra
MahA DesikAya Nama: 

SrimathE SrivaNN SatakOPa Sri VerarAghava SatakOpa 
Yatheendhra MahA DesikAya nama: 

SrimathE Sri Lakshminrusimha DivyapAdhukhA Seavaka 
SrivaNN satakOpa Sri NaarAyanNa yatheendhra 
MahA DesikAya nama: 

Isvara Samvathsaram ,Thai Maasam 26
Sulkla Paksha DwAdasi ( After Bheeshma EkAdasi ) 
ThiruvAdhirai Nakshthram 
Feb 8, 1998 

Dear BhakthAs of Sriman NaarAyaNA :

May I invite your attention to a very important series of
uthsavams at Sri Kanakavalli SamEtha Sri VeerarAghava
PerumAl divya dEsam at ThiruveLLUr ?

The uthsavams that I have in mind are : (1) the just-concluded 
Thai maasa BrahmOthsavam ( theerthavAri was on Thai Purattathi,
which fell on January 31 ) . {2}Ratha Sapthami followed on 
February 3 along with {3}Saarumurai for Thirumazhisaip pirAn ,
who saluted the Lord of ThiruveLLUr as : 

ThiruvevvuLL  nAhatthaNaip pARkkadalk kidakkum
adhi nedumAl aNaippAr karutthanAvAn . 

(Meaning ) :  The Lord , who normally rests on AdhisEshan 
at His abode in  the milky Ocean now rests at ThiruveLLUr 
and enters the minds of the prapannAs , who take refuge at 
His Lotus feet ) . All their samsAric ills take flight thereafter .

For three days following AmavAsyai , there was (4) TheppOthsavam 
for Sri VeerarAghavan ( Feb 3,4and 5 ) . 

(5) The celebration of an important Vaishnavite AchArya
follows next . Thirukkacchi Nampi , the one who interceded with 
Lord VaradarAjan was born not far from the kshEthram 
of ThiruveLLUr and Thirumazhisai , the birth place of 
Thirumazhishai AzhwAr . Inview of the unique greatness
of Thirukkacchi Nampi ( Kaanchi pUrNar ) , who worshipped 
often at ThiruveLLUr , there is a ten day SaaRRumuRai 
uthsavam for him starting from Maasi Mrugaseersham 
( February 7th ) . That concludes on February 17 th .

(7) These sequence of Uthsavams  provide the context 
for one of the most important uthsavams for Sri VeerarAghavan
in the month of Maasi . THIS IS THE SAHASRA KALASA
ABHISEKHAM ACCORDING TO THE INJUNCTIONS 
PRESCRIBED IN THE PAANCHARATHRA AAGAMAM .

This ancient ritual was initiated by the 37th Jeeyar of 
AhObila Mutt known as the PiLLaipAkkam Jeeyar 
( Sri VeerarAghava SatakOpa Yatheendhra Maha
Desikan ) . This MahAn received SanyAsam at the order
of Sri Bhagavadh RaamAnujAchArya of Sri perumpUthur 
and was the one the ApUrva Viadhyan requested help ,
when His arm was hurting . This jeeyar took care of it 
and received the blessings of Sri Vaidhya VeerarAghavan .


This purificatory rite of SAHASRA KALASA
ABHISHEKAM  was peformed for Loka
KshEmam by the Jeeyar . This tradition is continued 
even today . Sriman K.G . Krishnan Swamy , the son-in-law of 
the illustrious UtthamUr VeerarAghavAcharya Swamy 
has taken the  leadership in conducting this 
SAHASRA KALASAABHISHEKHAM . The dates are 
February 15-17 and the Thirumanjanam
( AbhishEkam ) itself is on February 16 . 

The prathishtai , Veda PaarAyaNam , Udhaka 
Saanthi precede the AbhishEkham . It costs $5.30 
per kalasam and the sambhAvanai , TadheeyArAdhanam
following the Sahasra KalasAbhishEkham 
( 7.15to 1.15 PM on February 16th ) . In the evening ,
there is veedhi purapaadu  by the uthsava mUrthis
to bless the BhakthAs . 

Almost 500 Kalasams have been spoken for by
the BhakthAs of Sri VeerarAghavan so far .
WE HAVE AN WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO
TAKE PART IN THIS RARE FESTIVAL AND 
TAKE UP RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONE OR MORE 
KALASAMS FOR OUR FAMILIES . 

May I request you all to support this Sahasra KalasAbhshEkam 
and send your pledges to Sri K.A. Anand at the following 
e-mail address:

anand@engr.uconn.edu 

He will advise his father , Sri K.G. KrishNan Swamy ,
who will cover the pledges at the front end . By copy 
of this note , I am advising Sri Anand about my pledge for 
FIVE kalasams . Please ask your relatives in India to
attend the festival and receive PrasAdhams in person ):

(   23X18 inch Art Photo Of PerumAL & ThAyAr ,
Dry Fruits, ThAyAr manjaL kumkumam ,
PerumAL Sandal Paste , Thirumanjana Theertham
in plastic box , ThirumAngalya Saradu& Maasi Nonbhu
Saradu < Tamil Texts of Swami Desikan's Raghu Veera
Gadhyam , Azhwar Paasurams , Kulam Tharum Paasuram
of Thirumangai ona separated laminated card , Sthala PurANam
and KimgruhEsa sthOthram on the Lord attributed 
to Swami Desikan  ) .  That is quite a list of PrasAdhams .

Here is a brief introduction to the Divya Desam and 
its EmperumAn : 

ThiruveLLUr  is one of the most celebrated of the 108 
Divya dEsams in the Sri VaishNavite sampradhAyam . 
This KshEthra mUrthy is revered as Sri Vaidhya 
VeerarAghavan , since He eliminates our disease 
known as SamsAram .

His beautiful DhyAna SlOkams start with a salutation 
to His apUrva Vaidhya VeerarAghava mahimai :

rAghAdhi rhOgAn sadadhAnushakthAn asEshakAya
prasruthAn asEshAn I
Outhsukhya mOharathidhAnajagAnayO 
apUrva VaidhyAya namOsthu tasmai II 

To that apUrva ( rare, wonderous ) Doctor , who cures 
completely the diseases like madha -mOha-mAtsaryam-
krOdham et al the slautaion is made . 

In his ten paasurams , Thirumangai salutes  

Thirumangai AzhwAr , Thirumazhisai AzhwAr have saluted
Him along with AchAryAs like Swami Desikan , 
RaamAnujA , Jeeyars of Ahobila Mutt, VadalUr 
Raamalinga Swamigal ( Thiruppanjakam ) in
beautiful Tamil . The five verses are full of devotion
and follow the path of the ancient AzhwArs . The excerpts
from  these verses are as follows :

vaNNamAmaNiyE porri ! VINNAVAR MUDALVAA PORRi !
vendavar YevuuLL vAzh VeerarAghavA pORRi ! 
Arbhutha thiruvai maarbil aNaittha pErazhagA pORRi !
vaRpuRu piNi theerthu yennai mahizhvittha VaradhA pORRI ! 

Sri Kanakavalli SamEtha Sri VeerarAghava ParabrahmaNE nama:

Daasan
Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan