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Re: The Foreword for Sri VenakatEsA Home Pages: Part 2

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Wed May 10 2000 - 14:21:28 PDT

Dear BhakthAs :

Recently , there was some disucssions on the exact
height of ThiruvenakatamudayAn Moolavar in the context of
content assembly for the new CD ROM on dhivya dEsams
and AzhwAr's sacred collect .

One of my friends said that He is a Vaamana mUrthy
and is approximately 5 feet tall .Ohter friend said
that our Lord is 10 feet tall.

I requested some expert opinion from Sri Balaji
Narasimhan of Arizona , whose family is doing kaimkaryam
for the Lord on Thirumalai. I have appended Sri Narasimhan's
response inview of its potential interst to a wider
set of audience beyond the four of us. 

ThiruvenkatamudayAn ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam,
Daasan,V.Sadagopan   
>
>                     II SRI: II
>NAMO NARAYANA
>SHRI.SADAGOPAN SWAMIN,
>dAsasya vign~yAbhanam
>
>The height of mUlavar at thiruvEngadam is not that really 
we see after all the sarvAbharaNa bhUshanAs.>During Fridays, 
before and during thirumanjanam we can see HIS real height. 
>The mUrthi is around 8-9 feets.
>
>To give a feel for it, during thirumanjanam the pradhAna bhattar 
stands on a golden stand that heights our waist. After climbing on that, 
he will be to the height of kirItam of thiruvEngadamudaiyAn.
>
>Many have told that he looks like a small kid without thiruvAbharaNams.
>
>IN A NUT SHELL, THE HEIGHT IS 3/4 TH OF THE HEIGHT WE SEE.
>THE LATERAL SPREAD OF ALANKARAMS MAKES HIM 3 TIMES FATTER THAN HIS 
REAL SALAGRAMA THIRUMENI.
>
>Every Thursday, during nEthra dharsanam, (thiruman kAppu having 
been removed and made very thin to see the eyes of perumAl) perumAl 
offers to us divyadharsanam without kirItam. During night before
thiruvArAdhanam,Thomala seva, however HE offers pUlangi sEva with 
flowers FULL of HIS body.Thursdays are good to see his real height.
>Getting tickets for Friday thirumanjanam is tough.( Booked till 
2002 atleast from now).

>dAsan,
>SRINIVASA SARMAN
>
>***************************************************************
>      sriya: kAntAya kalyANa nidhayE nidhayErthinAm
>        Sri vEnkata nivAsAya srinivAsAya mangaLam.
>
>         II SARVAM SRI SRINIVASA ARPANAM ASTHU II


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