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Thiruthuraippoondi Andavan Thirunakshatram - Srinivasa Ramanuja M aha Deshikan

From: Balaji CG (CG.Balaji_at_blr.spcnl.co.in)
Date: Sun Oct 28 2001 - 22:47:43 PST

Swamy Deshikan Thiruvadigale Sharanam !!!

Today the 29th of October, happens to be the thirunakshatram of Sri
Thiruthraippoondi Andavan, Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Deshikan.

This great acharya was born in the constellation of Uttara Bhadrapada in the
month of Aippasi in a village called ViLakkudi.near Rajamannar Sannidhi and
hailed from IyuNNi Bharadhvaja gothram.

He studied all the samanya shastras, Ubhaya Vedanta and Rahasyas at the feet
of Sri Vedanta Ramanuja Maha Deshikan or Vazhutur Swamy who was very well
known as "Srimad Andavan" at Srirangam and also performed.prapatti at the
feet of Sri Vazhuttur Andavan. Sri Vazhuttur Andavan chose him to be his
successor for sampradaya samrakshanam and initiated him into the fourth
order of Sanyasam, with the title Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Deshikan.
During his stay at Thiruthuraippoondi, Sri Vazhuttur Swamy conferred the
title "Andavan" to Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Deshikan and from that day
onwards Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Deshikan came to be known as
Thiruthuraippoondi Andavan. He was a scholar of great calibre and lived in
an Ashramam with utmost vairagyam and anushtanam on the banks of the river
Kollidam at Arangam.

He conducted vedantic debates and kalakshepams. He had many shishyas, prime
amongst them being Sri Srinivasa Maha Deshikan (Periyandavan) who studied
all esoterics at the feet of Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Deshikan. He
remained deeply dedicated to the sampradayam and placed Srimad Andavan
sampradayam on a firm footing and as a beacon light to thirsty aspirants.

His taniyan reads as follows -

shrImadgopAlasUrerniravadhikaruNAvApta satsampradAyam
shrImadvedAntarAmAnujayatinrupati: sarvata: sthApayitvA |
yasmin satsampradAyam sakalamupadishan amshatonupravishta:
shrImachChrIvAsa rAmAnujamunimanagham tam bhaje deshikendram ||

"I pray at the lotus feet of that blemishless great acharya Sri Srinivasa
Ramanuja Maha Deshikan in whom Sri Vazhuttur Swamy did anupravesham and who
recieved the wealth of satsampradayam from Srimad Vedanta Ramanuja Swamy who
(Sri Vazhuttur Swamy) propagated this wealth after obtaining it from the
boundless mercy of the great Gopalarya Maha Deshikan (Thirukkudanthai
Deshikan)"

vAzhi vyAkhyAmuddirak kai !!!


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