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Padhuka Sahasram-426
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 13:32:06 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

426. prAyENa sahyadhuhithurnadharAjakanyA
     manjupraNAdhasuBhagaIrmaNipAdhukE! thvA
     mantharyithAmakrutha yoUthakarathnaKhandaI:

Oh Manipaaduka! The Lord walks to the Kaveri. The gemstones inset in 
You produce a music, sweetest to the ears, and auspicious, Could we 
not say that Mahalakshmi sent You with the gems having been her 
father's gift to her? The sound now is a timely announcer of 
the Lord's arrival to His mother-in-law that Kaveri is. 
Note: Like all rivers, the Kaveri is also regarded as the wife of the 
ocean. Mahalakshmi is the daugher of the ocean. Ranganatha is, 
therefore, the son-in-law to the ocean as well as to Kaveri.

Special Notes by V.Sadagopan (V.S):

SlOkma 426:

1) This slOkma relates to RanganAthA's arrival at the banks of river 
Cauveri during festival times and describes the service that the 
PaadhukAs do during those occasions. Swami Desikan says that the 
sweet sound arising from the brushing of the many bells tied to the 
Kumizh helps to alert Cauveri about the arrival of her son-in-law , 
RanganAthan. Cauveri is the wife of the king of Oceans and her 
daughter is MahA lakshmi., who arose out of the milky ocean, when it 
was churned for nectar. Swami Desikan hints playfully that the 
daughter (MahA Lakshmi) wanted to provide some advance notice to 
Her mother Cauveri  so that she will be ready to receive her son-in-
law with due reverence. Swamy hints that MahA Lakshmi attached many 
bells encrusted with gems to the Kumizh to serve as an early 
announcement system to alert Her mother. He says: " Oh PadhukE! Sri 
Devi wishes to provide advance information about Her Lord's arrival 
to Her mother. For accomplishing this purpose , She attached a number 
of gem encrusted bells to the Paadhukais. She received these pieces 
of jewelery form Her father, SamudrarAjan, at the time of Her 
marriage to the Lord. The sweet sound that you generate through these 
jewelery is indeed helpful to alert Cauveri, the mother-in-law.

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam : The inner meaning is that Jeevans 
commit Sins. PerumAl is angry and decides that they should not have 
awareness of auspicious matters leading to sadhgathi.  MahA Lakshmi, 
the ever compassionate devi decides to help the suffering jeevans , 
who have incurred Her Lord's anger. She blesses Swamy NammazhwAr with 
the boons of DayA , reverence for Her Lord and Jn~Anam in the form of 
gems . When those gems collide against each other to produce the soul-
awakening sweet sounds , the erring jeevans are Saved and become 
objects of mercy of the Lord. 

3) MahA Lakshmi is " nadha Raaja kanyA " ( daughter of Samudhra 
Raajan ). Cauveri is " Sahya Duhithu:" ( daughter of Sahya parvatham 
in the Western Ghats and is the wife of the Samudhra raajan ) . Lord 
RanganAthA is the son-in-law of  CauvEri and Samudhra Raajan ( Sahya 
Duhithu: JaamAthu : ). The  parents of RanganAyaki give the dowry 
(youthuka : ) of  gems from the depths of the oceans to their  
daughter . What does the daughter do with some of those gems ? She 
places them inside the Kumizh of Her Lord's paadhukais to alert Her 
Mother about the arrival of Her Lord , when He visits His Mother-in-
law's house . The gems collide against each other and make a sweet 
sound that provides advance intimation (aagaman soochanam ) for the 
Mother –in-law…(V.S). 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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