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Invitation for 51st Birth centenary of Swami NammAzhwar at Azhwar Tirunagari

From: B. Narasimhan (naaranan_at_md3.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Sat May 08 1999 - 17:11:57 PDT

Dear Devotees,

We  have pleasure  in  announcing  through thismail  about the
ensuing  grand celebrations at Alwarthirunagari, Tirunelveli,
Tamilnadu  by this month end.   We append below about the details
of the function :

Sri
Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha.

51st Centenary Celebrations of Swami Nammalwar Vaikasi 13,
14,15 - May 27th, 28th and 29th.
Alwarthirunagari
Is there a day equal to Vaikasi Visakam?
Is there any one equal to Satakopan?
Is there an equal to Thiruvoimozhi?and
Is there a Kshetra equal to Thirukkurukur on the Earth?

Swamy Nammalwar was born  as the son of Kari in Alwarthirunagari
at the beginning of Kali Yuga.  Right from the day of birth he
was immersed in Bhagavath Guna Anusandhana under the famous
Tamarind tree (Adisesha himself) at Alwarthirunagari.  Known as
the Head of Alwars, he translated the four vedas into Tamil which
are well known as 'Thiruvirutham',Thiruvasiriam', 'Periya
Thjiruvanthathi' and 'Thiruvoimozhi'.  He performed Saranagathi
asthe Lotus feet of Lord Srinivasa of the 7 Hills and pleaded
eternal Kainkarya, which was  awarded to him by Sriman Narayana.
Then he was adorned in a temple by Mathurakavi Alwar.  A festival
for ten days is celebrated every year
ending  with'Thirumanjanam' and 'Theertha vari' on Vaikasi
Visakam day.  This year, Vaikasi Visakam is of great significance
because it happens to be the 51st centenary .

To celebrate the  grand occasion, a three-day celebration is
planned for May 27th, 28th and 29th.

The Jeeyars who have kindly consented to  grance the occasion are
:

Sri U.Ve. Paramahamsethyadi Vanamalai Kailyan Ramanjuja Jeeyar
Swami
                                              Thirukkurungudi
Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami
                                              Thiruthandi Sriman
Narayana Jeeyar Swami
                                              Emperumanar Jeeyar
Swami, Alwarthirunagari
                                              Thirukkovilu
Emperumanar Jeeyar Swami
                                              Sriperumbudur Embar
Jeeyar Swami

The Upanyasakas who have consented to come  are :

Sri U.Ve.Elayavalli Bhuvarahachariar Swami
Sri U.Ve.SrirangamNarasimhachariar Swami
Sri U.Ve.Srivilliputhur Kannan Swami
Sri U.Ve.Sthalasayanathuraivar Swami
Sri U.Ve.Anantha Narasimhachariar Swami
Sri U.Ve.Gomatam Sampath Kumarachariar Swami
Sri U.Ve.K.A.Manavala IyengarSwami
Sri U.Ve.Chitrakootam A.V.Rangachariar Swami
Prof. M.Varadharajan Swami
Sri U.Ve. K.B.Devarajan Swami
Sri U.Ve.Velukkudi Krishnan Swami
Sri U.Ve.Sri Vaishnava Sri Krishnamachariar swami
Thamil Kadal Gopala Iyer
Prof. D.Gnanasundaram

The following programs are also planned:

* Tamil scholars meet to discuss about 'Alwards contribution to
Tamil'
* Novel Dance drama on the life and deeds of Nammalvar
* Divya Prbhanda/veda parayana goshti
* A grand procession of Nammalwar's Srisukthis
* Thadheeyaradhana  for about 1500 people for 3 days

All are requested to participate in the celebrations on all the
three days and get blessed by Swamy Nammalwar.