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Srimath Akkur Andavan Thirunakshatram
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 19:29:04 PDT

Srimathe Rangaramanuja mahadesikaya nama:
121st Thirunakshatram of Srimad Aakkur Aandavan

Srimath vEdhaantha Raamaanuja yathi nrupathEr labdha vEdhaantha yugmam
Srimath dEvaadhinEthu Charana sarasijE thEna daththaathma Baaram
Srimath sreevaasa yogeeshwara mahitha mahaa sampradaayaika nishtam
VandhE sreevaasa yogeeshwara gurumanagam vathsalam Bhavyasheelam

Purattasi  Uthirattadhi is the holy avathaaram day of our Aakkur 
Aandavan.He was born in the Vikrama varsha, 1880.  He became the 
Andavan of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam in 1932 after 
Nammandavan Srimath Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan and was in Sanyasa 
Ashramam until 1947.  He had the same acharya thirunamam as our 
Periyaandavan and was very much like Periyandavan in Gnaana, 
vairagya, anushtaana and shanthi souseelya nidhi nature. His 
sanchaaram during the 15 year period from 1932 was all paadha 
sancharaam.  This mahan covered Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Thirupathi 
through His paadha sancharaam and spread Munithraya ashrama 
sampradyaa. His Bridhavanam is in Srirangam.

Srimath Thirukkudanthai Andavan in His poorvashramam attended the
Kalakshebam of Sri Bhashyam, Gita Bashyam and various other granthams 
by Srimath Aakkur Andavan. He had his Atma Raksha Bhara samarppanam 
with Thirukkudanthai Aaravamudham. He was a pracharya for prakrutham 
Srimushan Srimad Andavan and for many other Andavan sishyaas.

Srimath Akkur Andavan had the special kataksham of Nammandavan by
Completing the Padhuka sahasra vyaakyanam which was initiated by 
Nammaandavan. Every Ramanuja sampradya follower had bhakti and 
reverence towards Akkur Andavan and everyone affectionately called 
him "Engal Andavan" meaning "He is our Andavan".

A saantha swaroopi, and just by thinking about Him, people acquired 
mental peace. Once Akkur Andavan had to undergo a surgery to remove a 
cist from his chest. He did not take any pain killing medicine or 
anesthesia for the procedure. He performed Srimath Ramayana sloka 
paraayana anusanthaanam and was immersed in the Ramayana 
rasaaanubhavam forgetting his physical pain during the surgical 
process.  Aakkur Andavan was an acharyan who could make anyone 
immerse in his laden vedhanthic and  philosophical lectures. He was 
very modest in the way he lived.

These are the excerpts from a compilation from Naatteri Sri 
published in Sri Ranganatha Padhuka in October 2000 issue.  In the 
next few digests, adiyen will try to compile similar excerpts from 
the compilations of Sri U.Ve Saranathaachariyar swamin, which was 
published during the Shastiabdha poorthi celebrations of our Srimath 
Akkur Andavan.

Srimath Andavan Thiruvadi,
Murali Thirumalai

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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