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From: Vaide Venkatakrishnan (vv_at_grove.ufl.EDU)
Date: Sat May 27 1995 - 15:12:58 PDT
This is in response to a couple of mails - I was out of town and could not reply earlier. One was on the info Arun wanted - I guess he has gone to India already, but for those interested: No Math has to the best of my knowledge its hqrs in Madras. There is a Ahobila Math running on a skimpy budget in Car Street in Triplicane. The celebrtae grandly Sri Vedantha Desikan function coinciding with his Janma nakshathram for 10 days. There are a couple of other days celebrated, but I don't remember which ones - definitely Nrisimha Jayanthi. The daily pooja goes on, but otherwise except on some special days, you don't even see Vedaparayana Goshti there. At any given day though a few of them gather at its footsteps. Must have seen grander days - have special vahanams gathering dust. dust. Mainly run by the efforts of one persons family - he must be atleast 75 now. My grandparents house shares its front wall with the back wall of this math and we used to come into it or commute through it to Car Street! The saththumurai and rendering is done very loudly and great unison during the 10 day festival. Gets special attention when Jeer or Andavan visit Trip. Has no book stall. There is a Yathugiri Yethirajar Mandap across the temple by the side of the Hanuman Temple. has more funds and a lot more active. I believe it has a book stall, not completely regulated though. Used v often as a Kalayan Mandap. Here's is Sri Nrisimhashtakam. When I saw the mail, I realized I had not recited in a very long time. Since I only recite them silently, I had to try several times before I could write down the words. I cannot guarantee that it is without errors- but this is what I know: yasya bhavath bhaktha jaNnaarthi hanNthu: pithruthva maNnsEshva vicarya thoorNam sthambhEva thaaras sthamaNnaNnya lakyam lakshmi nrisimha[D[D lakshmi nNrisimha charaNam prapathyE srimatha kalaNGka paripoorNa sasikOdi sridhara maNnOhara chataapatala kaanNtha paalaya kripaalaya pavaamputhi nNimakNnam thaythya varakaala nNrisimha nNrisimha paatha kamala vathaNna pathaki jaNnaaNnam paathaka thavaNnala pathathri varakEthO paavaNna paraayaNa pavarththi harayaamam paahi kripayayva nNrisimha nNrisimha thuNGka nNagapaNGthi thaLithaasura varaaskrith paNgka nNavakuNgkuma vibhaNGkila mahOra G G paNditha nNithaaNna kamalaalaya nNamastE paNGkaja nNishaNNa nNrisimha nNrisimha mouLishu vibhooshaNa mivamaravaraaNaam yohi krithayaseshu sirassu nNigamaaNnam rajatharavinNtha ruciram patha yugamthE thehi mamamoorthNni nNrisimha nNrisimha vaarija vilOchaNna masanNthima thasaayaam klEsa vivaseekrutha samastha haraNaayam yEhi ramaya sahacharaNya vihakaaNnam nNaatha mathiruhya nNrisimha nNrisimha haataka kreeta varahara vaNnamaala thaara racannaa maharakuNtala maNeethraihi pooritha masEsha nNilayam thavavapurmE cEthasi sahaasthu nNrisimha nNrisimha inNthu ravipaalaka vimOcaNna ramaaya: manNthira mahaapuja lasathvara rajaaNGka sunNthara siraaya ramathaam thvayimaNnomE nNanNthitha surEsa nNrisimha nNrisimha maathava mukunNtha mathusoothaNna muraarE vaamaNna nNrisimha charaNam pavanNathaaNnaam kaamatha kriNim nNikilapaathayugamthE kaalama marEca nNrisimha nNrisimha (read 3rd line last words .. paathakayugamthE) ashtakamitham sakala paathaka payakNnam kaamatha masEsha thurithaamaya ripukNnam yaphpatathi sanNthaNna masesha nNilayamthE kaccathi pathamsa nNrisimha nNrisimha. (I counted 9 stanzas apart from palasruthi - so I don't know whether this is indeed called nNrisimhashtakam - but that's my best recollection) If someone has time please post the meaning. Om Sri Lakshmi nNrisimha parasmai brahmaNE nNama: Vaidehi V.