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A Krithi for Sri Ranganathan for his forthcoming ThiruadhyayanOthsavam

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 18:25:55 PST

Dear BhakthAs :

Sri Thirukkudanthai Rengarajan and I usually join together
during the occasion of special celebrations (e-g: Sri AarAvamudhan's
SamprOkshaNa MahOthsavam ) . I thought I will post  a few notes 
to compliment the special and deeply-felt  postings of
Sri Rengarajan .I take the time to thank Sri Rengarajan
for the tremendous amount of time and effort that he is 
expending to organize the NammAzhwAr Moksha Uthsavam this year
at Sri RanganAthA Temple on behalf of all BhakthAs
of Lord RanganAthA . 

Here is a small krithi on the brahmANDa tattvam 
revered by all of us as Sri RanganAthA , who in 
the uthsavar form is worshipped as Sri RamachandrA
at Srirangam . The Moolavar (Periya PerumAL) is
recognized as DamOdhara KrishNan with SiRutthAmpu
marks on His waist .

ThOdi Raagam
*************

(Pallavi):    Raaghavam BhajE anisam ,
              Veera Raaghavam BhajE

(Anupallavi): SaraNAgatha Vathsalam 
              Saadhu Hrudhaya Vaasinam ( Raaghavam
              BhajE , Ranga-Raaghavam BhajE )

(CharaNam ):  Chandra PushkaraNi Tatastham
              AajAnu Baahum , KodhaNda PaaNinam
              Sura Sevitham  RavaNAnthakam 
              Parama Purusham Vasumathi Naatham 
              ( Ranga-Raaghavam BhajE )

(Meaning ): I meditate on Sri Raaghavan of 
Srirangam always; I worship Him as Sri
Veeraraaghavan there . His fondeness for
those , who sought refuge at His feet is
legendary .He resides in the heart lotuses
of BhagavathAs . I meditate on that Supreme
Lord with hands reaching up to His knees 
(one of the 32 SaamudrikA lakshaNams ). 
He takes His residence also on the banks of
Chandra PushkaraNi at Srirangam . He has 
the mighty bow of KodhaNdam in His right hand.
He is worshipped by all the DevAs . He is 
the destroyer of the adharmikan , RaavaNan 
and is the celebrated Lord of Vasumathi Piratti . 
    

(Comments):There are 247 paasurams by eleven AzhwArs as
MangaLAsAsanam to the Lord of Srirangam .NammAzhwAr gives
a clue to the Raama-KrishNa svarUpam of Sri RanganAthan 
as Uthsavar and Moolavar in his Kangum pahalum 
Paasurangal ( ThiruvAimozhi 7.2.3):

" --unnaik KaaNumAi aruLAi KAAKUTTHA-KANNANE yennum  
                           *************************
    thitkodi MathiL soozh ThiruvarangatthA --" 

In the ninth paasuram of this same decad , NammAzhwAr 
salutes Sri RanganAthan as the Lord of Vasumathi,
Raamachandran ( Lord of Bhumi Piraatti/Nila makaL) 
and as KrishNA , the Lord of Nappinnai ( Aay MakaL ).

"-- Nila makaL kELvanE yennum , anRuruvEzhum tazhuvi
    **************************
nee koNDa Aai MakaL anbanE yennum Thenn Thiruvarangam
          ************************
Koil KoNDAnE ---" 

These are the words of the Mother of ParAnkusa Naayaki 
describing the sad plight of her daughter over separation
from the Lord of Srirangam , who is saluted as 
Raama and KrishNa avthAran .

The thoughts of Swami NammAzhwAr are captured partially
in this krithi dedicated to Uthsava moorthy of 
Sri RanganAthA worshipped as Sri KasthUri Rangan .

Sri RanganAyaki SamEtha Sri RanganAthAya nama :
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan