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Swami Sri Desikan's 733th Thirunakshatram

From: nadadurmathavan (nadadurmathavan_at_email.msn.com)
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 23:11:44 PDT

                                    Sri: 
         Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha 
          Srimathe Nigamantha Mahadesikaya Namaha 
    Srimathe Bhagavathe Bhashyakaraya Mahadesikaya Namaha 
        Sri Ranganatha Divyamani PadukabhyAm Namaha


Dear Bhagavathas,

Prathishtaapitha Vedantha: Prathishipthabahirmatha: |
Bhooyaa: Thraividhyamaanya: Thvam Purikalyanabhajanam ||

Swami Sri Desikan was thus blessed by Sri Nadadur Ammal (Vatsya Varada
Guru) the nephew of Sri Ramanujar, when Swami Sri Desikan was five years old.  
A free translation of this is "You will establish Vedanta on a firm basis and
refute the doctrine of its opponents.  May scholars well versed in the
Vedas hold you in great esteem.  May you be the recipient in a great
measure of all that is auspicious." (Note:  A mural depicting this incident can be seen on the ceilings of Sri Varadaraja Swami Temple in Kanchipuram even today).  

Swami fulfilled the blessings of his pracharya (acharya's acharya) and
went on to establish himself as KAVITARKIKASIMHAM (the lion among poets
and logicians); VEDANTHACHARYA  (foremost in exponent of Vedanthic
teachings) and SARVATHANTRASWATANTHRA (full independence in all
sciences). Swami Sri Desikan's greatness in the field of Vedanthic
literature has no parallel.  Swami has composed over 127 works in
various languages including Sanskrit (67), Tamil (24), Manipravalam
(35), and Prakrit, a simple form of Sanskrit(1).  Swami Sri Desikan was a devout follower and systematic exponent of Sri Ramanuja Siddhantham.  It is in the works of Swami Sri Desikan that the system of Sri Ramanuja Siddhantham shines in its philosophical glory and ethical excellence.  

This year Purataasi Thiruvonum marks the 733rd thirunakshathram of Swami Sri Nigamaantha Maha Desikan, one of the greatest acharya's of Sri Vaishnava Sath Sampradhayam.  This Thirunakshathram falls on Friday, September 28, 2001.  To commemorate the Thirunakshathra Celebrations, an "Acharya Vaibhavam Conference" is being planned on September 29, 2001.  Along with The Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York and Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam (SDDS), Sri Ramanuja Mission is pleased to invite all Bhagavathas to seek the blessings of the Lord and our Acharyas during the Thirunakshathram celebrations to be held at Buffalo, New York on Saturday September 29th.  The program includes Bhagavad Bhashyakara and Paduka Thiruvaaraadhanam, speeches, plays, and various group recitals.  The tentative program is as follows:   

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SWAMI SRI DESIKAN'S THIRUNAKSHATRAM 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH 2001.

7.30 am to 8.00 am:  Suprabatham.
Playing Audio recordings of the rare Hayagrivar Suprabatham and Swami 
Desika Suprabatham composed by Thritheeya Parakala Swami
+ Group recitation of Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham.

8.00 am to 9.30 am: Sudarsana Homam
A 10 minute talk on Sudarsana Homam by Sri Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan + Group recital of Sudarsana Ashtakam.

9.30 am to 11.30 am: Tirumanjanam, Alamkaram and Poolangi Seva
Group recital of Sikshavalli and  Purusha Sooktham
+ * At Tirumanjanam: Periyazhwar Tirumozhi 2.4 "Neeraattal" containing 
"Vennai Alaintha kunungum",
* At Alamkaram: Nammazhwar's Tiruvoimozhi 4.3 "Kovai Vaayaal"
containing "Poosum Santhu enn nenjame" and
* At Nivedanam: Andal's Nachiar Tirumozhi 9. "Sinddora Sempodi containing
"Naru Narum pozhil"

11.30 am  to 12.30 pm: Paduka Aradhanam and Sattrumurai.  A 10 minute talk on the importance of Paduka Aradhanam by Sri Muralidhar Rangaswamy 
Group recital of Iyal sattrumurai, Vazhi Tirunamam, Acharya Thanians and
Acharya Sambhavanai.

12.30 pm to 2:00 pm: Prasadham

2.00 pm to 2.30 pm: Keynote address on Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja
by Sri Poondi Vijayaraghavan Swami

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm: Keynote address on Swami Desika (to be finalized)

3.00 pm t0 3.20 pm: Talk (to be finalized) + Desika Mangalam.

3.20 pm to 3.30 pm: Break

3.30 pm to 4.00 pm:  Childrens' play arranged by "Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York" (Host organization).

4.00 pm  to 6.00 pm: Kalyana Utsavam: Group recital of "Varanamayiram"

6.00 pm to 7.00 pm: Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam - Group recital

7.00 pm to 8.00 pm: Prasadham

8.00 pm to 9.30 pm: Kalakshepam of "Srimad Rahasya Traya Saram" by Sri Anbil Ramaswamy + a Question and Answer group discussion, if time permits.

Nadadur Madhavadasan
Secretary, Sri Ramanuja Mission,
Srirangam Srimad Andavan Periashramam





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