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From: S . Srinivasan (mannar_at_icici.com)
Date: Fri Nov 06 1998 - 09:44:46 PST
Dear Bhagavathaas : SRimathE raamanujaaya namaha I thank Shri Mani for admitting me to the mailing list. I take this opportunity to introduce myself . My name is S.Srinivasan. I am a native of Serangulam village, which is located amidst sylvan surroundings on the banks of river Pamani. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Mannargudi town, on the Mannargudi- Muthupet road. As some of you may be aware, Mannargudi, located in the erstwhile composite Thanjavur district (currently in Thiruvarur district), is popular for the beautiful temple of Lord Rajagopalaswami. Legend has it that Lord Krishna gave darshan to Gopralaya Rishi at Mannargudi (known as Jambakaranya Kshetram) at the end of Dwapara Yuga, when the rishi did penence seeking His darshan, pleading his inability to visit Dwaraka owing to his old age. The Lord also accepted the Rishi's plea to bless all devotees in this place by assuming archavatara. The 18 day annual bramhotsavam of Lord Rajagopalaswami is celebrated in a grand manner during the tamil month of Panguni (March- April). The Lord is mounted on different Vahanas everyday, dressed up in different alankaraas. There are a group of priests serving the Lord. It's a viewer's delight to worship the Lord in different alankaras. Ramanuja dikshitar 's (one of the priests) archanai of the Lord in a raga and the way he explains the sthala purana evokes all round admiration from every one. Even today, festivals are held on almost all the tamil months. As some of you may be aware, Serangulam is one of the Panchagramams, with a rich Srivaishnava tradition. The Lord Srinivasa temple in Serangulam was renovated recently and the Samprokshanam was celebrated in a grand manner on May 27th, 1998, in the benign presence of H.H. Sri Vanamamalai Kaliyan Ramanuja Jeeyar. Serangulam is one of the few villages still having a sizeable Srivaishnava population. I was born and brought up in Serangulam and had my school education (upto 12th standard) at National Higher Secondary School, Mannargudi, which is celebrating centenary in 1999. Thereafter, I did my B.Tech at IITM and MBA at IIMC. I am working as Vice-President in ICICI Ltd, a leading financial institution in India. I was in Chennai for the last seven years and moved to Bangalore in August 1998. I am also the founder trustee of a trust called "SERANGULAM CHARITABLE TRUST". One of our main activities is sponsoring Dhadhiyaraadhanam and Divyaprabhandam/Vedam recital during the annual Bramhotsavam/ Pavitrotsavam of Serangulam Srinivasar temple held during the tamil months of Purattasi and Aippasi respectively. I feel I am extremely fortunate to become a part of this group, which will enlighten me on the Srivaishnava philosophy and literature. Regards. Azhvaar Emperumaanaar Jeeyar thiruvadigale saranam Dhasan Srinivasan. PS : Some of you may be knowing me already - Shri Vijay Triplicane, Shri Venkatesh Elayavalli - both of whom have some Serangulam connection.