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Experiences at the Land Of Divya Desams - 2

From: Anand K Karalapakkam (anand_at_engr.uconn.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 15 1998 - 15:14:38 PDT

                                  Sri :
          
             Srimate  Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Para Brahmane Namaha

                  Srimate Sri Kanakavalli nAyikA sametha Sri-
                       VeerarAghava Para Brahmane Namaha

                       Srimate  ShatagopAya Namaha                                    

                  Srimate  Bhagavad   RAmAnujAya  Namaha      

                  Srimate NigamAntha MahAdesikAya Namaha 

             Srimate Sri Lakshmi - Nrusimha Divya PAdukA Sevaka - 
         Srivan  Shatagopa  Sri NArAyana Yateendra MahAdesikAya Namaha      

     Dear  bhaktAs of Sriman NArAyanA,
    
     Namo NArAyanA . kindly accept adiyen's pranAmams. 

   --cont--

      Adiyen alongwith  adiyen's father Sri K.G.Krishnan & cousin Sri
RAghava Simhan proceeded to ThiruvaLUr . It was a very special day since
the "serthi" (*) of VeerarAghava PerumAL &  Kanakavalli thAyAr took place.
Unfortunately , we started a bit late & were afraid whether the uttsavam
would have got over. 

 (*) serthi :  PurappAdu (ie. Uttsava PerumAL coming out to bless the
devotees) of perumAL takes place five times a month - AmmAvAsai (New Moon
day) ; Pournami ( Full Moon day) ; MAsa pirappu ( starting of tamil month
) ; EkAdasi & day with "Sravanam"  star . Adiyen is not very sure about
these five days . Sorry for the same . PurappAdu for thAyAr takes place
on every Friday . So , if it is Friday + one amongst 5 days of the month ,
"serthi" happens ie. both PerumAL & thAyAr combinedly has purappAdu . 

     We were very fortunate to have the darshan of the serti Uttsavam
,atleast in its concluding part. When we entered the temple , perumAL &
pirAtti were exactly in the entrance (on Their way back to Their
sannidhi). We became very happy & proceeded alongwith the Divya Dampati . 

    As thAyAr was going inside Her sannidhi , we also went in. Adiyen's
father told the archakar : " Parama BhAgyam. We were able to get the
darshan of PerumAL & pirAtti in their serthi uttsavam atleast in the last
minute " . Archakar replied : "  When Their dear children are coming with
full love to see Them in serthi , why won't they wait ? Infact , the
Uttsavam somehow got delayed by 45 minutes (for starting) this time .
Adiyen understood the reason now ".

    We were moved by the Divya Dampati's vAtsalyam for Their children
.Kaliyan has befittingly did the mangaLAsAsanam as "than adiyArkku Inian".
Many a times adiyen has heard in UpanyAsams & has read about the kalyAna
GunAs of  PerumAL & pirAtti . But , when adiyen experiences them
practically , the joy knows no bounds , as it was the case that day. Divya
Dampati certainly reciprocates to our devotion . No doubt about it .Only
the eye of devotion is needed to perceive it. Adiyen very well understood
that it is purely because of adiyen's Grandfather Sri AdhyApakam
GopAlAchAryA , who did enormous kainkaryam to the Divya Dampati at
thiruvaLUr, that made the special mercy of the Divya Dampati fall even
upon this worthless self..  
       
     We then proceeded to thank  perumAL for His dayA . VeerarAghavan is
our kula dhaivam & obviously we were very happy to be in His sannidhi.
Adiyen's saranAgati was going to be after two days (if alive ) . So ,
adiyen immensely thanked perumAL for giving the proper mind / J~nAnam
through His paramparA . Not everyone in this world knows properly about
prapatti . Hopefully everyone gets to know this soon & reach Sri 
Vaikuntam.

     We then proceeded to thirumalai, to get the blessings of the Lord Of
Seven Hills. We had the ArchanA sevai in the early morning ( usual
jarigandi only ). We again had the darshan in the SAtrumurai sevai .
Obviously , it is a delight for everyone to be in front of
ThiruvengadamudayAn . Adiyen was thinking about the anubhavams of AzhvArs
, kainkaryams of Udayavar (Bhagavad RAmAnujar) , Sri AnantAzhvAn ,Sri
Adivan Shatagopa Yateendra MahAdesikan & other AchAryAs . We then
proceeded to thiruchchAnUr & got the blessings of thAyAr. 

     The next Divya Desam visited was KAnchi ( "mukti tharum nagar Ezhil
mukkiyamAm kachi "). PeraruLALan  is PeraruLALan . Varadan is always
special .Adiyen deeply thought about the pastimes of various AchAryAs (
Udayavar , NadAdUr AzhvAn , NadAdUr AmmAL , SwAmi Desikan .....) .
Adiyen was very fortunate to get the darshan of the mandapam where the
illustrious AchAryA NadAdUr AmmAL delivered KAlakshebams . 
  
   This was the first pilgrimage tour after landing at chennai . Now ,
adiyen was all set to perform the prapatti . 

 -- to be continued --
   
  Namo NArAyanA

   Adiyen

   Anantha PadmanAbha dAsan  


                      Sarvam  Sri KrishnArpanamastu  

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