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Padhuka Sahasram-285

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Thu Sep 07 2000 - 15:02:58 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

285. thvathsanghamAnnanu sakrudhviDhisamprayukthA
     shuDdhim parAmaDhijagAma shivathvahEthum
     rangADhirAjapadharakshiNi! kIdrushI sA
     gangA bhaBhUva BhavadhIyagathAgathEna

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! When Brahma poured ablution water on the
foot, bearing You, then too, the water came down as the Ganga; by
contact, it became holy to make Siva holy too; what should have been 
the added holiness to the Ganga because of the walks You had through 
it, to and from, the forest?

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Satakopan (V.S) :

1)Sri Abhinava Desika UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:

Oh RangarAja PaadhukE! When BrahmA washed Your Lord's ascending
feet as they  approached His abode, He performed AarAdhanA to it.
The water associated with the Sri Paadham  became sanctified and
those  waters  (Sacred GangA)were received by Paramasivan to purify
Him further. The waters of GangA held thus in His(Sivan's) matted 
locks were released to Earth later and flowed through Utthara Kosalaa 
nation. When Lord RanganAthA incarnated as RaamA and crossed GangA 
back and forth, She got doubly sanctified. Swami Desikan hints here 
that the PaadhukA theertham ( water used for the bathing of the 
Paadhukais) of AchAryAs is more powerful than the waters of GangA 
originating from the Thirumanjanam of the Lord's Paadham by Brahma 

2) Srimath PeriyANdavan's anubhavam: During ThrivikramAvathAram , 
BrahmA served paadhyam ( Water for washing the Lord's foot as one of
the rites of AarAdhanam ) . That landed on the jatai (matted locks)
Lord  Sivan . Prior to that sambhandham with the PaadhOdhakam , 
He was Sivan by name only ; now , He became Sivan ( most auspicious)
by meaning as well. That was the power of sanctification of Your 
Padha theertham , which Is GangA pravAham . That Gangai  had 
the sambhndahm of  Sri RanganAthAvathAra Raamachandran , when
He crossed Gangai twice . How much more sanctity has Gangai acquired
now is clear for all.

3) Oh RangAdhraaja Padha RakshiNi! Brahma washed the Lord's thiruvadi 
once ( sakruth) and made the sambhandham of the Lord's Foot with 
Gangai (sakruth samprayukthA). That Sangamam (association) made Her 
and LordSivan supremely sanctified (Sivathva hEthum parAm suddhim 
adhijagAma). As Lord RamachandrA crossed you in the subsequent 
RaamaavathAram and related to You through the observance of His 
anushtAnams with Your waters , Your sanctity multiplied many folds 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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