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Padhuka Sahasram-324

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Tue Jan 02 2001 - 13:13:52 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

324. kusumEShu samarpithEShu BhakthaI:
     thvayi rangEshapadhAvani! prathIma:
     suBhagam yath suraBhithvamasya nithyam

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! Sage Satakopa also bears Your name. As the 
(Vakula) flowers presented to him made him exude that flower's 
fragrance, when flowers are presented to You, Oh Paaduka, we find You 
too get the special fragrance-surabhittvam=the quality that 
distinguishes the Para-devata from ordinary Devas-even as Satakopa 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special notes by V.SatakOpan(V.S):Slokam 324

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: In this slOkam ,
Swamy Desikan describes the flower worship conducted by
the other Gods in recognition of RanganAthA's status
as the God of Gods . Swami states that both the PaadhukAs
and its name sake Swamy NammAzhwAr (SatakOpa Muni) have
one thing in common. They are both successful in establishing
the primacy of RanganAthA (DevathA Saarvabhoumathvam).
Swamy says:" Oh RanganAtha PaadhukE ! Both You and Swamy
NammAzhwAr are known by the  name of SatAri Soori. Both of You
are showered with flowers. Both of You have the ability
to spread Your natural fragrance arising from Your service
to the Lord and for proving that He is the Emperor of
all Gods.Both of You have everlasting fragrance (Surabhithvam) ".
Swamy NammazhwAr is known to wear VakuLA  flower
(Mimusops Elengi)garlands .VakuLA flowers have the property
of maintaining their fragrance for a long time without
any change in the intensity of their fragrance.

(2) Swamy Desikan skillfully uses the word "Surabhithvam "
in this slOkam . This word can mean either fragrance or
differences between two entities. Here Swamy says that
the differences between the Lord of Srirangam and other
DEvathAs are like mountain and deep pond . Sri RanganAtha
as the DEvAthi-DEvan towers over them (Demigods)...(V.S)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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