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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Thu Sep 17 1998 - 08:29:24 PDT
Mohan had written: > I am the novice when it comes to the sanskrit vs. tamizh names of our > pUrvachAryans. But, I have not yet heard the revered Manavalamamuni > referred to as srImat-sundara jAmAtramuni as Sri Datta claims that he is in > this context. But, as Sri Datta seems to be fairly accurate his > translation of the rest of the text, I presume that he is correct when says > that this muni is Sri Manavalamamunigal. Dear Mohan, He is correct. "sundara jAmAtR" is the literal translation of "azhagIya maNavALan", the full name of maNavALa mAmuni. Here: sundara = azhagIya, meaning beautiful or handsome jAmAtR = maNavALan, meaning bridegroom azhagIya maNavALan is one of the names of Lord Ranganatha in utsava form [*]. Another synonym for "sundara" is "ramya". This form of maNavALa mAmuni's name should be more familiar, since it comes in mAmuni's taniyan: yatIndra-pravaNam vande ramya-jAmAtaram munim Mani [*] This is from memory. Please correct me if the name azhagIya-maNavALan is also applied to the mUlavar.