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Re: Request for Divya Prabhandam book and cassettes

From: Venkatesh Elayavalli (
Date: Sat May 08 1999 - 08:43:33 PDT

Dear Sri Jai Simhan,

Please refer to the comments embedded.

>I have been looking for a first class version of the full Divya Prabhandam
>for a long time. Can anyone recommend or better still send a copy to me. I
>will post the money in return.

There are many renderings on the Divya Prabhantha. Last year
TTD (Tirumalai Devastanam) has released a set, a total of
70 cassettes, complete recital of 4000 Divya Prabhantha. Iam
told that K. J. Yesudas has another collection on 4000
produced by TTD.

There is also one by Sri Velukkudi Swami and his son Sri Velukkudi

>I am looking for an encyclopaedic edition that has got the original Tamil,
>modernised Tamil, and English, together with word explanation and
>commentaries of the Acaryas.

This is absolutely vast and difficult to obtain. Sri Periyavachchan
Pillai, known as the King of Commentators, had written commentaries
on all 4000 paasurams (verses). These publications are difficult
to get and is published only by Sri Krishnaswamy Iyengar in
Trichy. English translations are difficult to come by. To my
knowledge, only Tiruppavai, Nachchiyar Tirumozi and Tiruvaymozhi
has been translated to English.

1. The Poems of Andal - by P. S. Sundaram
   publishers: Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute
   G. D. Somani Memorial Building
   Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005

2. Tiruvaymozhi - by V. N. Vedanta Desikan
   English translation based on Sri Pillans commentary
   publishers: Sri Visistadvaita Research Center.
   66, Dr Rangachari Road, Chennai 600 018

You can also search the Bhakti List archives for translation
of Tiruvaymozhi and tiruppavai by many members of this group.
All of the articles on these topics are very insightfull, in
particular, the series by Sri Madhavakannan on Tiruvaymozhi,
the other by Sri Sampath Rengarajan on Tirppavai, and
Smt Kalyani Krishnamachari's translations of Nacchiyar Tirumozhi.


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