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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Fri Jan 14 2000 - 16:57:12 PST
Dear BhakthAs of Thirumalai-appan : The Sri VenkatEsa SuprabhAtham composed by Sri PrathivAdhi Bhayankaram ANNA is a splendid Sri Sookthi that is recited every morning in front of the Sayana Mantapam at Thirumalai. This was composed by Sri ANNA at the request of his AchAryan , Sri MaNavALa MaamunigaL . The divine inspiration for ANNaganrAryA came from ThoNDardippoDi AzhwAr's ThirupaLLyezucchi Paasurams and some of GodhA Piratti's ThiruppAvai Paasurams . There are 29 slOkams in this SuprabhAtham composed by ANNangarAryA for ThiruvEnkatamudayAn .AdiyEN would give the general meaning for the individual slOkams and add brief comments on them .May Lord SrinivAsan bless this Kaimkaryam ! The structure of Sri Venkatesa SuprabhAtham ******************************************** In the first slOkam , the Lord of ThiruvEnkatam is awakened as Sri Raamachandran ( KousalyA Suprajai) and in the second slOkam as Govindhan; The third and the fourth slOkams awaken Sri MahA Lakshmi. >From the fifth slOkam onwards , ThriuvEnkatamudayAn is awakened . In the fifth and the sixth slOkmas , the arrival of sages like Adhri and Gods like Paramasivan to participate in the SuprabhAtha darsanam of the Lord of seven hills is described. The seventh focuses on the fragrant , morning breeze and the eighth covers the parrots in house cages bestirring themselves . The tenth slokam talks about Sage Naaradha playing deva ghAnam in praise of the Lord.The tenth verse describes the bees emerging from their flower beds to be of service to the Lord. The eleventh verse takes us to morning activities in the house of cowherds , where churning for the curds is taking place. The twelfth slOkam reverts to the bustle of the bees competing with the blue lotuses to settle the issue of who has a better blue hue. The thirteenth slOkam is a naamAvaLi of the great Lord of ThiruvEnkatam. The fourteenth slOkam describes the devAs and demi-gods waiting eagerly to enter the ardha- mantapam to join in the suprabhAtham function. The fifteenth slOkam lists the seven hills associated with the Lord. The sixteenth talks about the different Lords of directions (Dhig PaalakAs) jostling to get into the temple. The seventeenth slOkam is about nithyasooris like Garudan, AdhisEshan waiting to perform Kaimkaryam for their Lord.The eighteenth slOkam focuses on the nava grahams waiting for the darsanam of the Lord.The ninteenth slOkam refers to the navagrahams looking for oportunities to perform Bhaagavatha Kaimkaryam as a way to gain the approbation of their Lord. The twentieth slOkam recalls the power of Gopura darsanam at Thiruppathi.The tweny first to the twenty third slOkams are beautiful naamAnjalis to the Lord to cajole Him to awaken and bless the world . The twenty fourth slOkam is a celebration of ThiruvenkatamudayAn as dasAvatharan . The twenty fifth slOkam deals with the kaimkaryaparALs engaged in carrying the Thirumanjana theertham. The twenty sixth slOkam covers the scene of Sri VaishNavAs waiting to perform mangaLAsAsanam for the Lord.The twenty eighth slOkam describes the Gods and the great Yogis ( Sanaka-SanathkumArALs) waiting in the forecourt with auspicious objects needed for the suprabhAtham in their hands. The twenty eighth slOkam is a beautiful assembly of the NaamAs of the Lord invoking Him to awaken and bless the world. The twenty ninth verse is the Phala sruthi slOkam listing the benefits of reciting this auspicious SuprabhAtham of Lord venkatEsA . Sri VenkatEsa SuprabhAtham **************************** (1) KousalyA suprajA Raama poorvA sandhyA pravarthathE uthtishta narasArdhUla karthavyam dhaivamAhniakm Oh blessed child of Mother KousalyA ! praatha: sandhya kaalam is fast approaching . Oh tiger among men! Oh PurushOtthamA ! Please wake up. The divine nithya karmAs have to be performed . (Comments): This slOkam is from Adhi Kavi VaalmIki's Srimadh RaamAyaNam . During the journey with sage VisvAmithrA , both RaamA and LakshmaNA had rested for the night on the banks of GangA river .As the dawn was about to break, Sage VisvAmithrA endearingly awakens the brothers to perform SandhyAvandhanam . The affectionate address of RaamA as "Kousalyaa SuprajA " reminds one of KulasEkara AzhwAr's paasura vaakyam : " Mannu pukazh Kousalai tann maNi vayiRu vaaytthavanE " . (2)UtthishtOtthishta Govindha Utthishta Garudadhvaja Uthishta KamalAkAntha ThrylOkyam MangaLam kuru Oh GovindhA , the Protector of all souls ! Oh Lord with Garudan on Your flag staff! Oh Lord of MahA lakshmi! Please wake up from Your sleep and make all the three worlds auspicious . (Comments): If the Lord does not open His eyes and look at His creation , there will be no auspiciousness . Hence this prayerful request. (3) Maatha: samastha jagadhAm madhukaiDabhArE: vakshOvihAriNi manOhara dhivyamUrthE ! SrisvAmini! srithajanapriya dhaanaseelE Sri VenkatEsa DayithE ! tava suprabhAtham Oh MahA Lakshmi , the Mother of all the worlds! Oh the most beautiful One playing in the chest region of VishNu , the destroyer of the demons Madhu and Kaitabhan ! Oh Consort of the Lord , who charms Him with Your divine soundharyam! Oh Sri Devi , the dearest One to Your Lord ! Oh the most generous One , who hs the natural disposition to grant the wishes of those , who seek them from You ! May this be an auspicious dawn to Thee! (Comments): This is a prayer to Sri PadmAvathi ThAyaar . It is similar to ANDAL's prayer in the 20th verse of Thiruppaavai: "Nappinnai nangAi ThiruvE thuyil yezhAi". (4) tava suprabhAtham AravindhalOchanE ! bhavathu prasannamukha chandramaNdalE ! Vidhi SankarEndra vanithAbhir archithE! Vrusha saila naatha dayithE! dayAnidhe! May it be an auspicious dawn to Thee , the dear consort of the Lord of Vrusha giri! Oh MahA lakshmi with a beautiful face like the full Moon ! Oh the most exalted One worshipped by the consorts of BrahmA , Sivan and Indran ! Oh Treasure house of dayA ! May this dawn be an auspicious one to Thee! (Comments): Vrusha Sailam is one of the seven hills . The names of all the seven hills will be described in the fifteenth slOkam . To Be Continued .