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Re: [SriRangaSri] PanchAyudham

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 05:27:13 PST

At 09:59 PM 1/28/02 +0530, you wrote:
>Swami,

>Adiyen has a doubt regarding Panchayudhams of Emperuman,
for which I seek your guidance.

>Of the five, The Panchachanniyam , Chakkaram and Banam have got great deal
prabavams in our Ithihasaas. I have not heard any prabavams of Gadhai and
Gatkam. Gathai has always been associated with Thiruvadi and Beema  though
Namperumal, Varadharajar and other Emperuman hold it. Gatkham is held by
Srinivasan and Oppiliappan. Where can I find prabavams of these two ayudhams.
>Kindly enlighten me
>Adiyen
>Baktha angari renu
>Vasu venkataraghava Dasan 

Dear Sri Vasu Venkataraghavan :

A. The one important sthOthram , where all the Five 
weapons of the Lord are eulogized is "PanchAyudha 
SthOthram ". Baanam is not one of the Five weapons
although the Bow is. Bow without BhANam is incomplete
except as alankAram. 

The order of salutations are (1) Chakram/Sudarsanam
(2) Sankham/Paanchajanyam (3) Gadhai/KoumOdhakI
(4) Sword/Nandhakam (5) Bow/Saarngam .

Beautiful descriptions and the power of these
weapons of the lord are provided in the PanchAyudha 
SthOthram. The Phala sruthi section of this SthOthram
reminds us that the recitation of this SthOthram 
daily removes all sorrows , sins and fears are immediately
removed and auspiciousness ensues ( samastha DhukkhAni BhayAni 
sadhya: paapAni nasyanthi sukhAni santhi). Whenever one recites 
these slOkams during the middle of a tractless forest ,
fearsome war, in the middle of enemies , floods, fire 
and unexpected calamities of any kind  causing great fear ,
such a recitation will banish all those fears and provide 
protection of every sort according to the Phala Sruthi :

vanE raNE sathru-jalAgni-madhyE 
yadhrucchayA-aapathsu mahAbhayEshu
idham paDan sthOthram anAkulAthmA 
sukhI bhavEth tath-krutha-sarvaraksha: 
--SlOkma 7 of SrI PanchAyudha SthOthram.

B. The second important sthOthram , where we find
salutations to not only these five weapons but also
to seven more weapons is SrI DhvAdasa Naama Panjara
SthOthram .Here the 12 vyUhAnthara Moorthys are
saluted and they are linked to their particular
aayudhams:

1. PurasthAth Kesava: Paathu ChakrI :( KESAVAN & CHAKRAM )
2. PascchAn-Naarayana: SankhI :( NaarAyaNan and SANKHAM)
3. MadhavOrdhvam GadhAdhara: (Maadhavan and GADHAI)
4. GOvindhO Dhanvi :(GOvindhan and SAARNGAM)
5. UttharE Halabhruth VishNu:( VishNu and Axe)
6. MusalI Madhusoodhana: ( Madhusoodhanan and Pestle)
7. Thrivikrama: Kadhga-paaNi( Thrivikraman and NANDHAKAM)
8. VaamanO VajrI ( Vaamanan and VajrAyudham)
9. SrIdhara: PaDDasAyudha: ( SrIdharan and the long Sword ) 
10.HrishIkEsan and Mudhgari (HrishIkEsan & Hammer or Mallet)
11.PadhmanAbhO SarvAyudha: (PadmanAbhan & All the FIVE weapons)**
12.DhAmOdhara: Paasa Hastha: ( DhAmOdharan & Noose)

** The ShOdasAyudha SthOthram dealing with Sudarshana BhagavAn
gives the list of all sixteen weapons including the above Twelve.

As Sri VaishNavAs (after SamAsrayaNam ) , we wear the twelve
PuNDrams on the upper torsos to invoke the 12 Bhagavaans
(VyUhAnthara MOorthys) with their charactrestric weapons
for our protection .

Swamy Desikan describes precisely the weapons and the hue
of these 12 Moorthys and their positions on our upper torsos:

1."Chathuscchakram namasyAmi KESAVAM Kanaka Prabham": 
  Swamy Desikan(SD).DhvAdasa Naama Panjaram(DNP) 
  describes Kesavan's hue   as " JaamBhUnadha Prabha:" .
  The PuNDram is to be worn on the Forehead .Direction 
  that the Lord faces is east.

2."NaarAyaNam ghana shyAmam chathusSANKHAM namAmyaham "(SD).
   DNP describes NaarAyaNan's hue as "Neela JeemUmutha Sannibha:"
   Direction is West. PuNDra SthAnam: Stomach.Second application.
   AndaaL has a whole section devoted to dialog with Sankham of 
   the Lord and its blessed status in Her NaacchiyAr Thirumozhi.

3. "Madhavam MaNibhangAbham chinthayAmi ChathurGADHAM"(S.D)
   DNP salutes:"IndhIvaradaLa-shyAmo MadhavOrdhvam GadhAdhara:"
   Hue: Indhra Neelam; Direction: Urdhvam or Upper .
   PuNDra SthAnam: Chest .

4. "ChandrabhAsam Chathu: SAARNGAM Govindham aham aasrayE"(S.D)
    DNP salutes:" GovindhO dakshiNO paarsvE DhanvI Chandra-prabhO 
    MahAn".Hue: White like the rays of the Moon . Direction:South ;
    PuNDra SthAnam: Front Center neck.

5. " VishNum chathurhalam VandhE Padhma Kinjalka sannibham"(S.D).
   DNP salutes: " UttharE Halabhruth VishNu:Padhma-kinjalka-Sannibha:".
   Hue: Golden hue of the pollens of lotus; Direction: North;
   PuNDra SthAnam : Right side of Stomach.

6. "Chathur-musalam-aBhjAbham SamsrayE Madhusoodhanam"(S.D).
   DNP salutes: "AagnEyaam AravindhAbhO MusalI MadhusUdhana:".
   Hue: Lotus like; Direction: South east ; PuNDra SthAnam:
   Right Shoulder.

7. "Agni VarNam Chathu: KhaDkam BhavayAmi Thrivikramam"(S.D).
    DNP salutes: " Thrivikrama: Khadka-PaaNi NirrudhyAm
    Jvalana-prabha:" . Direction: South West .Hue: Color of Agni;
    PuNDra SthAnam: Right side of the Neck.

8. " Vaamanam BhAla-SooryAbham Chathurvajram VibhAvayE"(S.D).
    DNP salutes: " VaayavyAm VaamanO VajrI taruNAdhithya 
    dhIpthimAn "; Hue: Early morning Sun; Direction: North West;
    PuNDra SthAnam: Left side of Stomach.

9. "SrIdharam PuNDarIkAbham chathush-paDDasam aasrayE" (S.D).
    DNP salutes: " EisAnyAm PuNDarIkAbha: SrIdhara: PaDDasAyudha:".
    Hue: White Lotus; Weapon : Long Sword ; Direction: North East;
    PuNDra SthAnam: Left Shoulder.

10. "chathur-mudhgaram-abhyEmi HrishIkEsam taDithprabham"(S.D).
    DNP salutes: Vidhyuth PrabhO HrishIkEsO hyavAchyAm 
    disi mudhgarI". Hue: Lightning; Direction: Lower (BhUmi).
    PuNDra SthAnam: Left side of Neck.

11. "PanchAyudham PadhmanAbham praNamAmyarkarOchisham"(S.D).
    DNP salutes:" hrudh PadhmE PadhmanAbhO mE SahasrArka-
    sama-prabha: ". Hue: Thousand Suns; PuNDra SthAnam: Lumbar
    region / Back of body).Direction : Manas/Heart.

12. " DhAmOdharam Chathush-pAsam IndhrakOpa nibham bhajE"(S.D).
    DNP salutes: " IndhrakOpaka SankAsa: pAsa-hasthOparAjitha:,
    Sa BhahyAbhyantharam dEham vyApya DhAmOdhara: STitha:".
    Hue: Sooryan at AruNOdhayam; SthAnam: Inside and outside 
    the Body; PuNDra SthAnam: Back of the Neck. 

Swamy Desikan states here that the Oordhva PuNDrams are 
the Thiruvadi of Lord VaradarAjan of Kaanchi and he(Swami)
has recorded the hues , directions , sthAnams, PuNDra SthAnams
of the 12 Devathais (VyUhAnthara Moorthys) of the 12 PuNDrams 
to be worn daily by SrI VaishNavaas in his SrI Sookthi
named " Panniru ThirunAmam". 

KaayEna VaahcA ManasEndhriyairvaa
 BudhdyAthmanA vaa prakruthE; svabhAvaath
KarOmi yadhyath sakalam Parasmai
 NaarAyaNAyEthi SamarpayAmi

Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam ,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SaThakOpan(Sadagopan).

P.S:May Swamy Desikaa's Nithya ThiruvArAdhanam  
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