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Re: mangalagiri

From: Mohan Sagar (msagar_at_uswest.net)
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 17:50:58 PST

Dear Sri Prasanna,

The wondrous temple of Mangalagiri is within driving distance of
the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.  The area of this state
has been home to SriVaishnavas of Tamizh origin for many
generations, many of whom are still practicing the nuances of our
satsampradAyam.  As a result, temples like Mangalagiri are
maintained with similar standards as abhimAna sthalams in Tamizh
Nadu.

While I have not visited the temple personally, what I have
learned from my parents and from books is that the second
statement is the correct one.   The Lord stops partaking the
pAnakam when exactly half of it is offered, irrespective of
whether a cup or a 108 kalasams are presented before Him.
Indeed, devotees say that they are able to hear the Lord
expressing His Pleasure with a loud roar when this halfway point
is reached.

Others may be able to offer more.

Ramanuja Dasan
Mohan



----- Original Message -----
From: prasanna kannan <prasannakann@yahoo.com>
To: <bhakti-list@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2001 3:05 PM
Subject: mangalagiri


> Hi everyone,
>            I am really curious about the mangalagiri
> temple.From reading the articles on the web i found
> that the offering of Panaka is made  by pouring the
> offering into the mouth of the Lord with a Sankha or a
> conch and only half of the quantity is accepted by the
> Lord while the rest is left to the devotee as prasada
>
>  I would like to know which of thes statements is
> right
>
> 1) only half of every conch full of panaka is accepted
> .
> 2) the panaka offering starts to overflow only when
> the total quantity of panaka is halved.
>
> Thank you in advance for answering my question
>
> Prasanna
>
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