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81st TN Celebrations of H.H. Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan Swami

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 13:37:46 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Dear Bhaktas,

On this day, adiyen wishes to share the tributes of H.H. Sri 
Rangapriya Mahadesikan Swami to asmadhAcharyan, H.H. Sri Paravakottai 
Andavan Swami.

H.H. Sri Rangapriya Mahadesikan, was completely mute as a child. 
He could not utter a single word until the age of 5. One day his 
parents took the child to a Kalakshepam by H.H. Sri Srinivasa 
Mahadesikan Swami, the founding Acharya of Srimad Poundarikapuram 
Ashramam. This Mahan was known for his Jnana, Bhakti, Vairagya, and 
Mantra Siddhi. Upon completion of the upanyasam, the child ran up to 
the Acharya upon which the Acharya enquired "Un Per Enna?". The 
child's parents explained the boy's plight at which time, the Acharya 
uttered Swami Desikan's Taniyan "Sriman Venkata NathArya: ..." in the 
boy's ears. He then uttered the opening verse of the Hayagriva Stotram 
in the child's ears. Lo and behold! The child reproduced these 
flawlessly. The Acharya was filled with joy and blessed the child 
stating that he would go on to become a Parama JnAni and a Parama 
Yogi. The child who received the Anugraham of the founding Acharya 
of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam is now the great Acharya, the 
great Yogi who is the head of the AshtAnga Yoga VijnAna Mandiram in 

H.H. Sri Rangapriya Mahadesikan has been closely associated with 
Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam and its Acharyas starting from the 
founding father. His work entitled "Sankshepa Guru Charitram" is 
a marvellous eulogy to the successive Acharyas of Srimad 
Poundarikapuram Ashramam, starting from the first to the Prakritam 
Acharya, H.H. Paravakottai Andavan Swami. H.H. Swami Rangapriya 
Mahadesikan and H.H. Sri Paravakottai Andavan Swami were 
contemporaries at Parakala Matham. Both Acharyas have tremendous 
respect, regard, and affection for each other. H.H. Sri Rangapriya 
Mahadesikan Swami served as the chief patron for the 150 TN 
celebrations of the founding father of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam 
in 1997. It was adiyen's good fortune to serve under the direction 
of H.H. Swami Rangapriya Mahadesikan in this Kaimkaryam. H.H. Sri 
Rangapriya Swami is serving as a patron again for the 81st TN 
Kaimkaryam of H.H. Sri Paravakottai Andavan Swami. H.H. Sri Rangapriya 
Mahadesikan Swami pays glorious tributes to H.H. Sri Paravakottai 
Andavan Swami through the following Taniyan (laudatory verse):

thasyOthara aDhikAri mangalakAri mahAmathi yathirAt
paravakottai sujam srimad gopala desikO jIyath

In this line (of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam) came as an Acharya,
the one who was born in Paravakottai, named  Srimad Gopala Desika 
Mahadesikan, who spreads auspiciousness everywhere, who possesses 
matchless intellect, and who is an emperor among Sanyasis. Victory 
to him!

The 81st tirunakshatram celebration of H.H. has been planned for March 
24-30, 2001. Adiyen invites all Bhaktas to attend this celebration and 
receive the blessings of H.H. Several projects are being undertaken as 
part of this celebration. Details pertaining to these projects will be 
posted shortly.

Adiyen appeals to all Bhaktas to contribute generously to this great 
cause.Contributions from the USA are tax exempt. Please send your 
checks to 

c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan,
7821 W Alder Drive
Littleton, CO 80128

Please indicate on the memo of your check that your contribution
is for Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam. 

For those in India, please send the cheque or drafts in favour of 
"S.P.A.V Trust, 81st Jayanthi a/c and send to Srikaryam, Srimad 
Poundarikapuram Andavan Ashramam, 43- A/13, Asramam Road, Srirangam, 
TRICHY. PIN 620006, India.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Namo Narayana, 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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