Embar Thirunakshatram

Today is the Thirunakshatram of Embar, also known as Govinda Bhattar. Life of Swami Embar is a part of Swami Ramanuja life. Here’s a small post on Embar.

Embar was the cousin of Swami Ramanuja and son of Kamala Nayana Battar. Following Swami Ramanuja’s footsteps, he also went to KAnjIpuram to learn under the tutelage of YAdavaprakAsar. Differences arise between Yadavaprakasar & Ramanujar when Yadavaprakasar wrongly teaches the meaning of the Vedas. Yadavaprakasar plots to kill Ramanujar on a trip to Ganges, but Govinda Bhattar alerts and saves him.  Later, while taking bath in Ganges with Yadavaprakasar and ashram mates, Sri Govinda Battar gets a lingam in his hand. Sri Govinda Battar shows the same to his guru. The advaitic scholar replied that it is the anugruham of Lord Siva and names him as Ullankai Konarntha Naayanaar. From that day, Govinda Battar becomes a pure advaitee and starts practising the same.

Swami Ramanuja decides to correct his cousin and requests Thirumalai Nambhi to do so. Thirumalai Nambhi too had been thinking of correcting Govinda Bhattar and hence immidietely leaves to Kalahasti with few of his disciples. He crosses ULangai konNarnda NAyanAr’s path and makes AaLavandAr’s shlokam fall on his ears: “SvAbhAvikAnavatikAtisayEchitrutvam”. Something in NAyanAr’s mind gets stirred when he hears the words and becomes disturbed. On another occasion, Nambigal went and sits under the tree from which NAyanAr used to pluck flowers everyday and starts teaching the meaning of TiruvAimozhi to his disciples. NAyanar forgets his task of gathering the flowers and stands there mesmerized. Nambigal explains the meaning of 3 pAsurams. The fourth one contained the following lines: “EmperumAnukkallAmal PUvum PUsanaiyum TagumE”. On hearing those words, NAyanAr throws the basket and the flowers and says realises the folly he had been committing. He falla at Nambigal’s feet and asks for forgiveness and asks for his blessings and protection. He sobs loudly and laments his wasted years. Nambi consoles NAyanAr. The local Saivaites on hearing this news surrounded Nambigal, and fight with him while questioning if this behavior was okay. Nambigal redirects them to NAyanAr, who promptly disowns them and gives them back the key and the ring that had been given to him.

Nambigal takes him to Tirupati and performs pancha samskAram for Embar. He then starts teaching him all the prabandams starting with “tirup pallANdu”. Later Embar also becomes the Acharya of Sri Parasara Bhattar.

Srivilliputhur ThiruAdipooram 10 day Utsavam Details

Sri Andal

The Thiruadipooram Utsavam to celebrate the Thirunakshatram of Sri Andal is set to start on 25th of July. Here are the details of the Utsavam.

25/07/11

Day 1

Morning Dwajarohanam / Kodi ettram
Evening 16 Vandi Chapparam
26/07/11

Day 2

Evening Sri Andal – Chandra Prabhai

Sri Rangamannar – Simma Vahanam

27/07/11

Day 3

Evening Sri Andal – Thanga Parangi Narkaali

Sri Rangamannar – Hanumaar Vahanam

28/07/11

Day 4

Evening Sri Andal – Sesha Vahanam

Sri Rangamannar – Govardhanagiri

29/07/11

Day 5

Morning Periyalwar Mangalasasanam
Evening 5 Garuda Seva
30/07/11

Day 6

Evening Sri Andal – KanakaThandiyal

Sri Rangamannar – Yaanai Vahanam

31/07/11

Day 7

Evening Kannadi Chapparam
01/08/11

Day 8

Evening Sri Andal – Pushpa Pallaku

Sri Rangamannar – Kudhirai Vahanam

02/08/11

Day 9

Morning Ekantha Thirumanjanam for Moolavar at 4:00 am

Thiruther at 6:00 am

03/08/11 Evening Rettai Tholkinniyan at 5:00

Sri Nammalwar Thirunkashatram

Sri Nammalvar

Today is the Thirunkashatram of Swami Nammalwar, the foremost of all Alwars. The greatness of the Namalvar can be known from the fact that while all other Alwars went to various Divyadesams and sung on the Perumals, for Nammalvar all the Perumals came before Alwar so that he can sing on Them. Here are a couple of Upanyasams on Nammalwar.

Upanyasams in acharya.org site

Nammalwar Vaibhavam by Sri PB Annangrachariar Swami

Thiruvaimozhi Saram by Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swami

Alwarthirunagari Vaikasi Visakam 2011 details

Alwarthirunagari Vaikasi Visakam Garuda Seva

The wonderful Alwarthirunagari Vaikasi Visakam Utsavam is set to take place from 4th June 2011 to 13th June 2011. The following are the details of the Utsavam. My sincere apologies for not posting it well in advance.

1 4th June 2011 Indhira Vimanam
2 5th June 2011 Pushpa Pallaku
3 6th June 2011 Punnaimara Vahanam
4 7th June 2011 Thirupulli Vahanam
5 8th June 2011 Garuda Seva of 9 Navatirupathi Perumals
6 9th June 2011 Yanai Vahanam
7 10th June 2011 Chandra Prabhai
8 11th June 2011 Kudhirai Vahanam
9 12th June 2011 Sri Krishna Thirukolam
10 13th June 2011 Swami Nammalwar Thirunakshatram. Theerthavari & Saathumurai

Photos of previous year Garuda Seva can be found here – Part 1 & Part 2

Thiruppaan Alwar Thirunakshatram

Thirupaan Alwar was born in Urayoor, a town near Sri Rangam. Thiruppan Alwar was well versed in playing Veena and every day he sang songs in praise of Sri Ranganatha. But since he was from a lower caste, instead of going to Sri Rangam, he used to go to banks of the Cauvery river and sing. looking in the direction of the Sri Rangam temple {Like Thiruppan Alwar, Koorathalwar though born as a Brahmin lived only beyond the 7th Agrahara of Sri Rangam. Both of them, though very devoted considered themselves ineligible of living in a divine place like Sri Rangam}. Sri Ranganatha wanted to show Alwar’s devotion to the world and so played a small drama.

Portrait of Thiruppan Alvar

Image via Wikipedia

One morning as usual Alwar was singing in the banks of Cauvery River. But this time he was too immersed in his Devotion that he did not feel the presence of a Archaka (Saranga Muni) asking him to move way, since he was from a lower caste. The Archaka had come to take water for Lord Sri Ranganatha. The archaka then takes a small stone and throws at Alwar, which brings back alwar to consciousness. Alwar immediately moved away from the place to give way for archaka. Alwar was afraid that he had commited apacharam and had delayed the service to Lord Sri Ranaganatha.

The archaka goes back to temple with the water and seeing Lord Ranganatha he is shocked. Lord Ranganatha bleeds at the exact place where he hit Thirupaan Alwar with stone. The archaka is terrified and requests the Lord to tell the reason for his bleeding. Sri Ranganatha says that the one he hit with the stone is his devout baktha. Sri Ranganatha says that He Himself was with alwar in his songs and when archaka hit him with stone He too was injured. Sri Ranganatha instructs the archaka to bring alwar on his shoulders.

The archaka then goes back to alwar and narrates the entire incident. Alwar objects to be taken on archaka’s shoulder, since he held archakas in a very high regard as they serve the Lord Ranganatha himself daily. But when the archaka says that it is the instruction of Lord Ranganatha to bring him on his shoulders, alwar accepts finally.

Saranga Muni starts walking towards him Sri Arangathan through the Cauvery river. Everyone was surprised to see this scene and stood in silence. After reaching the temple, Thiruppan Alwar could not believe his eyes because he was seeing Perumal whom he thought that could never see him in his life. He raised his hands above his head and started to sing slokas on Sri Arangathan. He then started to see the whole thirumeni (body) of Emperumaan and he sung a total of ten paasurams which explain the beauty of Sri Ranganathar from his thiruvadi (foot) to thirumudi (head). He explains in his ten paasuram called amalanAdhipirAn about the clean safron cloth which is worn on the body of Ranganathar, his jewels the thiru vayiru (stomach) from where Lord Brahma originated, the broad chest, the red lips and finally the beauty of the two broad eyes.

After singing the 10 paasurams (known as Amalanadhipiran) THIRUPPAN ALWAR merges with the Lord Sri Ranganathar.

Alwarthirunagari Vaikasi Visakam Garuda Seva Photos (Part 2)

As said in the earlier post, here is the 2nd part of  Alwarthirunagari Garuda Seva photos.

The entire village and especially the streets around the temple wear a festive look, awaiting the Lords. A dance troupe which initially had only a few onlookers, immediately gathered the attention of the people around and within moments a huge crowd gathered around to see the wonderful performance.

Wonderful performance by a dance troupe had the people mesmersied.

For the Bhaktas; a vendor selling savouries

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