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Re: Sri KurEsar's VaradarAja Sthavam: Part I
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 21:40:10 PDT

Srimathe Ramanujaya namaha

Just to add to Sri Sadagopan's  excellent preface on Sri Devaperumal,
vyAkhyAna chakravarthi Sri Periyavachhan pillai, attributes the First 10
pAsurams of Thiruvaimozhi and also the first pAsuram of Thiruviruttam to
this perumal only.

In the first decad, Sri Nammazhwar starts, "..... ayarvarum amarargaL
adhipathi yevan avan thuyararu sudaradi thozhudhezhu en manane". "amarargaL
adhipathi" means Devathirajan. He is none other than Varadarajan of Kanchi.
Also as Sri Nammazhwar says "thozhudhezu EN manane", the vigraham of Swami
Nammazhwar in Kanchipuram is having the "Gnana mudra" point to his heart.
It is said that when the Vigraham was made, with the "Gnana mudra" in usual
position, the hands turned towards his heart, no matter how many times it
was repeated only to glorify the first pAsuram of ThiruvAimozhi.

Similarly in Thiruviruttam Azhwar says, "..... ImayOr thalaivaa..." which
also is attributed towards this perumal only.

One more important leela of this perumal is, when Thirumangai Azhwar was
arrested by the then King for using all the funds towards building the
"MadiL" for Srirangam temple, it was none other than Sri Varadaraja Perumal
who came in Thirumangai Azhwar's dreams and asked him to take the necessary
wealth from Vegavathi. Immediately, Thirumangai Azhwar came to this
Satyavratha Kshetram and found the treasure and paid the king his dues and
constructed the remaining part of the "MadiL".

Such is the contribution of Sri Devaperumal towards our Srivaishnavam.

AzhwAr emberumAnAr jeeyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam

adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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