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The Dhivya Desam of NaimisAraNyam

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Fri Nov 10 2000 - 20:33:56 PST

Dear BhakthAs :

NaimisAraNyam is the dhivya dEsam celebrated
by Sri Thirumangai AzhwAr early in his Periya
Thirumozhi .

After celebrating the glories of AshtAksharam
which he received as UpadEsam from the Lord 
Himself (PeethakavAdaip PirAnAr , who presented 
Himself as Brahma Guru) in the first decad of
Periya Thirumozhi , Thirumangai went on a trip to 
the HimAlayan Dhivya Desams of Thiruppirithi ,
Thiru Badari , SaaLagrAmam and arrived at 
NaimisAraNyam , where the whole forest itself
is worshipped as BhagavAn. 

Here , Thirumangai Mannan performed 
MangaLaasAsanam for Lord DevarAjan and His 
divine consort, Sri Harilakshmi on the banks of 
Gomudhi river. This was the celebrated penance grove 
of great Maharishis of Yore. This is where the sacred
grass (Dharbham /Thuppul) rolled itself into a ball
and landed to show the Maharishis that it is 
the sacred grove that is fit for their penance 
and worship of the Dhivya Dampathis. The Lord is 
in the form of a forest here .

Here , Sootha PurANikar recited the 18 PurANams
for the benefit of the Maha Rishis. Here arrived
the revered 43rd Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam , HH Sri
VeerarAghava YathIndhra MahA Desikan in a HEviLambhi
year Kaarthikai month for the  MangaLAsAsanam of this 
Dhivya Desam . After a few days of stay , HH the Jeeyar 
of revered memory ascended paramapahdam on a Sukla
ThrithIyai day . 

HH the Jeeyar known as the DevanArviLakam
Jeeyar was visiting NaimisAraNYam as the 106th Dhivya Desam
during his yAthrAs. The remainig two dhivya desams
among the 108 dhivya desams sung by AzhwArs are 
ThiruppARkkadal and Sri VaikuNTam , which are not
reachable by anyone with human body . HH Sri VaNN SatakOpa
Sri VeerarAghava SatakOpa Yahtindhra MahA Desikan 
left this earth for completion of his 108 dhivya desa vijayam
from NaimisArANyam . Today , there is a sannidhi
for this great AchAryan of Ahobila Matam at NaimisArANyam.
Because of those links , Sri Ahobila Matam sannidhi
nithyAnusandhAna Kramam includes the ten paasurams 
of Kaliyan on the EmperumAn of NaimisAraNyam for
daily recital . These ten begin with the passuram 
"VaaNilAmuRuval siRu nudha perumthOL--". 

adiyEn would summarize the MangaLAsAsana anubhavam of 
Kaliyan of the "NaimisAraNyattthuLenthAi " in the next
posting . These are beautiful paasurams of Kaliyan
worth deep reflection by us all.

Srimans Varahdan and Mani VaradarAjan have posted 
today their informative comments on a passage from
Kaliyan's Periya Thirumozhi Paasuram 1.6.9 :
"Naanudait tavatthAL ThiruvadiyadainthEn ".

adiyEn would summarize the meanings of these 
beautiful 10 paasurams , where Kaliyan with
great humility expresses his gratitude to
the Lord for His anugraham .

After NaimisArANyam , Kaliyan travelled to 
AhObilam , ThiruvENkatam , ThiruveLLUr and
arrived at the sacred feet of GeethAchAryan
at the ThiruvallikkENi KshEthram ,who said
to us : Sarva DharmAn parithyajya MaamEkam SaraNam 
Vraja , aham thvA sarva PaapEbhyO MokshayishyAmi
Maa Sucha:".

Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 
      

 


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