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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sun Oct 27 1996 - 11:30:46 PST
Verse 5 : Oupacchandasikam Metre chaturaanana saptha tanthu gopthA saritham Vegavatheemasou nirundhan I Paripushayathi mangaLaani pumsAm bhagavaan bhakthimataam Yathokthakaaree II (meaning ) : Here at this Divya desam , the Lord stood as a divine dam to arrest the furious flow of Saraswathi in the form of a river and saved the Yajnam of Brahma . When his Bhaktha (Thirumazhisai AzhwAr ) commanded Him to roll up his bed of Adisesha and accompany him , He did so ; afterwards , when the Azhwar requested Him to return to His divya Desam and spread his bed back again to rest there , he did obey the instructions of the Azhwaar and earned therefore the name " Sonna VaNNam Seytha PerumAL / YathoktakAri " . This Lord of ThiruvehhA blesses all those , who worship Him at His divya desam with devotion . Verse 6 : Vasantha Tilakaa metre SrimAn pitAmaha vadhU paricharyamANa: Setheh bhujanga sayaneh sa mahAbhujanga : I pratyAdisanthi bhava samcharaNam prajAnAm bhakthAnuganthuriha yasya gatAgatAni II In this Divya Desam , the humbled Sraswathi Devi is seen at the foot of the resting Lord (Vishnu Sethu ) with folded hands. She has a pose that suggests her readiness to serve her father-in-law in a chastened mood. Swami Desikan also uses a pun(sledai ) on the word Bhujanga in this verse . The two meanings are : (1) the Lord resting on a snake (Adi Seshan ) as Bhujanga Sayanan (2) One who has intense desire for those devoted to Him such as the Gopis of Brindavanam and Azhwaars like Thirumozhisai . At this Divya desam , the Lord with His consort receives the Kaimkaryam of Saraswathi and protects His devotees in many ways. Those devotees , who meditate and reflect upon the comings and goings ( gathaagathaani ) of the Lord at the request of Thirumazhisai Azhwaar here would be blessed fully to be saved from the terrors of Samsaaraa. His attitude as he rests on his serpent bed seems to be like that of a intensely desirous one , who wants to associate with similar minded bhakthaas , who have intense desire for Him . **** BHUJANGA AND OTHER SAYANAMS OF THE LORD Incidentally , the Bhujanga Sayana Sevai at this Divya Desam is one of the 8 sayana poses that we have the Darsanam of the Lord in Archa form at the 27 divya Desams. The Bhujanga Sayanam has been chosen by the Lord in the following 20 Divya Desams : 1. Thiruvehha 2. Thiruvananthapuram 3. Srirangam 4. Thiru Anbil 5. Thiru Aadhanoor 6. Thiru YeVuuL 7. Thirukkarambanur 8.Thiru Kabisthalam 9. Thirukkoshtiyur 10 . ThirukkoLur 11. Thirucchirupuliyur 12. Thiru Terriambalam 13. Thiruppaarkadal ( Apraakrutham ) 14.Thiruppirithi (Jyoshi mutt) 15. ThiruppuLingudi 16. ThirupuLLam Bhoothamgudi 17. Thiruppernagar 18. Thiruvaataaru 19. ThiruveLLiIangudi The other Sayana Kshetrams and the types of sayanam are : 1. Bhoga Sayanam/ Tillai Thirucchitrakootam 2. Maanikka sayanam / Thiruneermalai 3. Vata Patra sayanam / Srivilliputthur 4.Veera sayanam / Thiru IndaLUr 5. UdyOga sayanam/ Thirukkudanthai 6. Darba Sayanam / ThirupullaaNi 7.Sthala Sayanm / Thirukkadanmallai . When the 108 Divya Desam CD --ROM project gets completed , the Bahkthaas would have a chance to see all the 8 sayanams at one place .