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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Mar 29 1996 - 05:47:24 PST
Dear Members: Sri Satish Bukkapatnam was kind enough to check on the correct number of a pasuram in my list attributed to Sri Rama. I thank him for this quick feedback. The item is the Pasuram related to Thiruvallikeni. The verse should be 2.3.7 instead of 2.3.8 My counting needs improvement . Satish had another question on the two chitrakootams and who is the presiding deity at Tillai Thiruchitrakootam. Sri Govindarajan is the presiding deity at the southern (Tillai ) Chitrakootam. In Kulasekhara"s eyes, he appeared as Sri Rama. Kulasekhara as the great Rama Bhaktha saw Rama everywhere. Utsavar is seated. Moolavar is in Sayanam pose. Thirumangai"s pasurams on the Lord of this temple are infused with lilting dance steps, since this Ksethram is known for dance(Nataraja ) . jatis are woven in Thirumangai"s Pasurams. He describes the beauty of this Ksethram to add to the Kulasekhara"s verses concentrating on Sampoorna Ramayanam. Thirumangai's describtions of the Neeva river and the natural beauty of Tillai Thiruchitrakootam are beautiful indeed. The northern Chitrakootam gets a lot of attention from Valmiki. Here Rama had a very happy life with his beloved Sita .Lakshmana built the parnasala for both of them and served them . The Rajopacharam of Sita covered by Saint Thygaraja took place here. It is the high point of Rama"s Vana Vaasam at Chitrakootam.Sri Rama"s describtion of the beauties of Chitrakootam in canto 94 of Srimad Ramayanam are beautiful . He gives Sita a graphic describtion of the special features of the Chitrakootam. His describtion of the flora and fauna of Chitrakootam and river Mandaakini are simply beautiful . Sri Rama's life at Chitrakootam on the banks of Mandaakini is a blessed story to remember .Here the Padhukas were given to Bharatha. SARABHANGA Moksham takes place here.The poet says that Sri Rama lived at Chitrakootam like Kubera in his private garden. SUBHAGASCCHITRAKUTOSOU GIRIRAJOPAMOGIRI : YASMIN VASATHI KAKUTSTHOH KUBERA IVA NANDANEH Chitrakootam is considered superior to Meru and Himaya Malai . Hence the poet Narayana Bhattadhiri salutes it as GIREENDRA: The special status of Chitrakootam arises because of the residence of Rama with Sita and Lakshmana here . The vigraham of Sri Rama with Jatai and Maravuri is seen at Kazhiccheerama Vinnagram (Sirkazhi TaadaaLan ) divya desam in a side sannadhi. This vigraham is that of the Chitrakoota Nivasan. Thanks Satish , Sadagopan My apologies for not being able to catch these mistakes as I write fast during the late evenings. Atleast I know, fellow members are reading these postings seriously and are catching these slips. I welcome it. Sri Ramaarpanam asthu.