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thiru vaay mozhi vyAkyAnam sponsor project - part 2 - Sri Sudarsana iyengar's vaibavam

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Tue Oct 21 1997 - 05:09:44 PDT

Dear bAgawthAs, this is in sequence to Sri varadhan's post two weeks ago on
this project. We are attempting to present the vaibavam of our beloved Sri
Sudarsanam iyengar in this and the coming posts. Please stay tuned.

bAgwatha kaimkarya rupam
adiyEn
Sampath Rengarajan
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Sri  PuththurSwamigaL's ancestors and his vaibavam - part 2

Among the *ancient* SriVaihsnavas, there are two sArArs or groups known
as "poorvasika srivaishnavas and aparasika Srivaishnavas". They are
distinguished with the way their sigai or kudumi is dressed up. They
are also popularly known as chozhiyars. There are no differences in
sampradhAyam amnong these two distinct sections of Srivaishnava
bAgwathALs. One of this group of SrivaishnavaLs, tie up their kudumi in
front and are popularly known poorvasika srivaishnavaL. Among azwars
periyazhwAr, thoNdaradip podi azwar and madura kavi are poorvasika
Srivaishnavas. Among poorvacahryars, vyAkyAna chakravarthy periya
vAchchAn pillai, Vishnuchiththar who was capable of reciting
Sribashayam everyday and also known as engaLAzhwAn are pooravsika
SrivaishanavAs. More of these Srivaishnavas resided in chola and pandya
kingdom.

	During 18 th century, a poorvasika Srivaishnava named as Sri
	Rengaraja iyengar lived in puththur agrahAram, on the southern
	banks of Srirangam Kuveri. As similar to thoNdar adi podi
	azhwar, he also had his own nandhavanam here and it was his
	resolve to prepare a garland for lord
	Ranganathar by his own hand using the various flowers grown in his own
	nandavanam (nursery). He was known for this kaimkaryam as
	pookkArar. Due to his bagwath kaikaryam and his emotional
	attachment to lord Ranganathar, all the discendants in his
	family were blessed to be sincere Srivaishnavas. Sri Rengaraja
	iyengar's grandson Sri Srinivasa iyengar, constructed his own
	temple in puththur agraharam for Sri Ramar, Sri Krishnar and was
	a very devout SrivaishnavaL. Sri Srinivasa iyengar's grand son
	is also Sri Srinivasa iyengar. He had his panchasamskaram under
	Sri U.Ve. thiru vEnkatAcharya swami. He has
	excellent profienciency in tamil and sanskrit poetry. He
	created a trust from his own savings and family funds in 1946,
	known as Sri Sudarsana trust, and he started a monthly journal
	in 1948 known as srivaishnava sudarsanam. His son is currenlty
	known as Sri Sudarshanam iyenagar and he is running the monthly
	journal and the press currently. He is an advocate by
	profession. He is very knowledgeable in tamil poetry and
	sanskrit poetry as well. He served as an advocate for
	Srivaishnavam itself as he argued and proved his prathi vAthis
	wrong each time they falsify our sidhantham through their
	journal. Sri Krishnaswamy iyengar had his samAsrayEnam in his
	bAlyam itself at the feet of Srimath paramhamsa pundareekAksha
	Ramanuja Jeer. He learnt the sAshtra pramAnam and Swami
	vedantha desikan's grantham at the feet of Sri u.ve. kozhiyAlam
	Ranganth aacharyar. He has also learnt the sampradhayam at the
	feet of various others such as Sri U.Ve.Sri Kanchi thirumalai
	eechambAdi Srinivasa ragavacharyar, kAarapangadu mahavidhvan
	venkatacharya swami, vELukkudi varadhacharya swami, kovil
	sadhabishekam govinda narasimAcharya swami.

The family tree of Sri Sudarsanan Iyengar


Sri Rengaraja iyengar (pookaarar) (nandavana kaimkaryam for Lord Arangan)
(early 18th century)
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Sri Rama iyengar (bAgawatha kaimkaryam) (1770-1845)
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Srinivasa iyengar (constructed a temple in puththur
agraharam)        (1824-1875)
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Sri Krishnaswamy iyengar (sangeethama dn shastra nyAnam)
printed Sri bAgwatha thamskantha keerththanai (1857-1929)
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Srinivasa iyengar (born in sravanam) Founded the trust and the
jouranl known as Srivaishnava Sudarshanam in 1948) (1897-1953)
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KRISHNASWAMI IYENGAR (currently knonw as Sri Sudarsanam iyengar)
(24-11-1924)

Sri thoNdar adip podi azwAR thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri Ranganathar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
adiyEn
kadagak kudi Sampath Rengarajan