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Depicting of 'tirumaN-kAppu'.

From: Tirumanjanam Sundara Rajan (
Date: Mon Sep 10 2001 - 19:34:03 PDT


May I add my own to Sri PB Sampatkumar's appreciation of Sri Madhava
Kannan's gesture.

I had a recent occasion to address a friend separately on this very
issue (a little before Sri PBS wrote) and he had been gracious enough to
take note of it. I paraphrase what I wrote ~~ 

>I appreciate that the present publication carries on the cover >and (on the line-drawing of nam-AzhvAr on the inner cover) the >'vaDa-kalai tirumaN-kAppu' which has been adopted for the >'sabha'. The sabha has issued the publication with much effort >and as religious service.
>I am, however, distressed that in the *photo* of the sacred icon >of Sri Ramanuja ('tamar-ukanda tiru-mEni') worshipped at >Sri-perum-pudUr (appearing on the back cover), the 'ten-kalai >tirumaN-kAppu' marking the forehead has been erased.

>The 'AkAram' (graphic form) of the tirumaN-kAppu is important for >its place in the 'Agamam/purANam/history' and the symbolism of >philosophical message.

>My submission is that on an UN-identified and original graphic, >one may depict the tirumaN-kAppu of one's choice. But, to alter
>or erase the established tiruman-kAppu of an IDENTIFIED image 
>(as with the Sriperumpudur image)or structure  would not be >appropriate, and it would be a distinct disservice to our >humanistic 'sampradAyam' issuing from the vEda.<

aDiyEn rAmAnuja-dAsan
Sundara Rajan at Srirangam. wrote Fri, 07 Sep 2001:
Couple of weeks back I posted a message in the list saying that the site has an image of srIperumbUdUr
emperumAnAr with Thiruman kAppu changed as Vadagalai. In response to the
same, Sri Madhava Kannan had taken steps to change the image.
He has handled the situation efficiently and  has also clearly indicated
more than any thing else he believes in the union of both kalais. I take
opportunity to thank him and other team members.
adiyen srivaishnava dasan, sampathkumar.

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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