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Padhuka Sahasram-404
Date: Fri Jun 22 2001 - 11:37:04 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

404. lakshmIkAntham kamapi tharuNam raThyayA niShpathantham
     rAgAdh draShtum thvarithamanasAm rAjaDhAnIvaDhUnAm
     prathyAdhEsham Bhajathi maDhuraI: pAdhukE! shinjithaIsthE
     chEthOhArI kusumaDhanuSha: shinjinImanjunAdha:

Oh Paaduka! The young damsels of the city have lost their hearts for 
the Lord of Mahalakshmi, Lord Ranganatha, who is a perenially 
youthful lad. They long to see Him as He walks fast through the 
streets. Were they won by the tinkling sound from the bow-chord of 
God Manmatha? Not so; they have been more successfully seduced by 
Your melodious music.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Satakopan (VS): Slokam 404

(1)	Utthamur Swamy's anubhavam: In the previous verse , Swamy
Desikan explained that PaadhukA naadham is responsible for the 
devotion Of the scholars for RanganAthA. Here, he states that the 
sweet sound(nadham) emanating from the Lord's PadhukAs is responsible 
for the kindling of the affection of women for the Lord. He says: " 
Oh PaadhukE!The  eternally young Lord of Yours is carried by You 
around the strrets of Srirangam . The young girls of Srirangam flock 
to see Him during these occasions (festivals). The naadham arising 
from You overcomes the sound made by ManmathA's drawing of the chord 
of his bow to send the flower arrows to kindle the love of maidens 
for mere mortals. Your naadham overpowers the sound of the drawing 
of  ManmathA's bow and makes them fall in love with Your Lord . At 
the same time , RanganAthA , who is beyond the influence of 
ManmathA's arrows falls in love with the maidens of Srirangam due to 
the amorous powers of Your naadham. 

(2)	Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Sri RanganAthan has unparalleled
beauty . When He has sanchaaram on the streets  of Srirangam on His
Paadhukais , the naadham generated during these travels enchant 
the minds of the young girls . They do not want to return to their 

(3)	Swamy Desikan describes here the hurry with which the young 
girls of  Srirangam throng to have the darsanam of the eternal youth ,
Lord RanganAthan ( TaruNam rAgAth dhrashtum thvaritha manasAm
RaajadhAni VadhUm ). The arrows of Manmathan attempt to steal
their minds. Swami Desikan suggests tha the sunAdham of the Paadhukais
pushes away the power of the Manmatha `s pushpa bhANams and takes

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