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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Wed Oct 15 1997 - 08:30:59 PDT
In reply to Mrs. Krishnamachari's question, Sri Srivatsarangachariar says in his Paduka Sahasram Upanyasam, quoting many stories from the Uttara Khandam that these are not read because traditionally we end Ramayana Parayanam with the Pattabhishekam, because that is the situation in which Piratti and Perumal are united in happiness, but we get a lot of (thought provoking and moral filled) stories from the Uttara Khandam. Going by this, I do not think that it would be inauspicious to keep Uttara Khandam in the house. If that were to be the case, then Valmiki would never have composed it in the first place. Also these unambiguous statements by Srivatsarangachariar put to rest any speculation as to whether the Uttara Khandam was composed by Valmiki. Regarding the thiruchinnams of Sriman Narayana on our clothes, it is best to get these doubts clarified from an Acharya. Anyone, in contact with one, can probably resolve these doubts for the rest of us. There is a lot of truth and myth closely interwoven in our practices, and only an Acharya with a pure mind can answer these questions, putting our doubts to rest. Jaganath.