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Nainacharyar's Pillai Anthaadhi - Introduction

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Sep 03 1999 - 01:55:19 PDT


Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Sri Nainacharyar, the only son of Swami Vedanta Desikan, was born on AvaNi 
Rohini (the same Nakshathram of Kutti KaNNan)- (today..) He is also known as 
Kumara Varadacharya. He studied Vedas, and other traditional literature 
along with Brahmatanthra Jeeyer, who later established the  Parakala Mutt at 

After Swami Desikan attained Paramapadham, his son, went all over India, and 
defeated several scholars of other faiths in debate, clarified doubts in 
practice in certain temples and helped propagate and recite Swami Desikan’s 
works on appropriate occasions. He is
credited to have performed miraculous deeds to win against magicians and 
evil-minded persons.

Sri Nainacharyar wrote several works such as “Pillai Anthaadhi” (Tamil), 
Adhikara Chinthamani, Sri Desika Prapatthi, Sri  Desika Praarthanasathakam, 
Sri Desika Vigrahadhyanam, Sri Desika Mangalam, etc.. (in Sanskrit). Pillai 
anthaadhi is 20 verses of Tamil Prabhandham..

A great one, where he pours out his indebtedness and bhakti to his father 
and AchArya Swami Desikan in high lyrical terms. Scholars claim that it is 
in the lines of Ramanuja NooRRandhaadhi.

Englisg translation of these twenty verses is based on Oppiliappan Koil 
Swami U Ve Sri Ramadesikacharyar’s Tamil commentary..

Before we start off:

Thaniyan (Dedicatory verse) on Sri Nainacharya (Sri Kumara Varadcharya):

seeraar_thoop puRpiLLai yandhaathi yenRu sezhundhamizhaa
NnEraaga vEdhaantha dhEsigar thaaLiNaik keezhmozhindhaa
NnEraar maRaipporu Lellaa medutthiv vulaguyavE
seeraa giyavara dhaariyan paadhan^ thuNain^amakkE.

Let Varadacharya’s Feet be our guide, who wrote in Tamil, at the Lotus Feet 
of his great father, the unparalleled Swami Sri Vedantha Desika, a 
prabhandham called “ Pillai anthaadhi”.

We will see the twenty verses in the next post...


Swami Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Narayana Narayana

Narayana dAsan

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