Thirukachi Nambhigal Vaibhavam e-book

Thirukachi Nambhigal, Kanchipuram

Today is Swami Thirukachi Nambhigal’s Thirumnakshatram. And as promised here is the Thirukachi Nambhigal Vaibhavam e-book, the second e-book of Sri Vaishnava Digital Fund.

Thirukachi Nambhigal Vaibhavam

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Thirukachi Nambhigal 1000th Thirunakshatram

Today is the 1000th Thirunakshatram of Swami Thirukachi Nambhigal. The occassion has been celebrated with fanfare at Poonamalee {Thirukachi Nambhigal’s birth place, near Chennai}. Today is the 10th & final day of the celebrations at Poonamalee. Another acharya, Swami Koorathazhvan 1000th year Thirunakshatram falls next year {2010}.

Swam Thirukachi Nambhigali used to do Thiru Aalavatta Kainkaryam to Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal. Sri Thirukachi Nambi was blessed with the rare privilege of conversing with Lord Sri Varadaraja while performing the kainkaryam to the Lord. Here’s an interesting incident from Thirukachi Nambhigal’s life.

During the times of Thirukachi Nambhigal, a bagavatha had a daily routine of taking some sand from the footsteps of Nambhigal and place it on his head. He asked Nambhigal to ask Perumal, if he would attain Moksha. The next day Swami Nambhigal narrated the incident to the Lord, to which the Lord replied that since the person had His Adiyar’s sambhandham {related to God’s disciple} he will definetely attain Moksha. Nambhigal conveyed this to the bagavatha, who was really happy about it. The bagavatha then made an interesting request to Nambhigal. He requested Nambhigal to ask Perumal, if he {Nambhigal} would attain Moksha. Thirukachi Nambhigal was amazed at the request and he asked Perumal about it. Perumal’s reply shocked Nambhigal, “Neer Veesineer, Naan Pessinen” {You fanned, I spoke}. Nambhigal asked the reason for him not attaining Moksha to which Perumal said that he had not yet had any Bagavatha Sambhandham. Nambhigal immidietly left and hiding his identity worked for Thirukostiyur Nambhi as a maatukaaran {Cart man}. Once Thirukostiyur Nambhi addresses Thirukachi Nambigal as “Namma maatukaaran” {Our Cart man, which earns Thirukachi Nambigal bagavatha sambhandham and makes Nambhigal eligible for Moksha. This incident shows the imporatnce of Adiyar & Bagavatha sambhandam.

Koorathalwar Thirunakshatram

Today is the Thirunakshatram of Swami Koorathalwar, a disciple who gave his very eyes for his Acharya Sri Ramanuja. This year marks the 999th year of Swami Koorathalwar. The next year, 2010 marks the 1000th year of Swami and there are many plans to celebrate it very grandly in various Sri Vaishnava temples and more importantly in Kooram, Swami’s birth place. We will soon have a post on the celebrations planned so you can participate and help in whatever way you can.

Swami Koorathalwar

Swami Koorathalwar was born as Kuresan in the small town of Kooram {near Kaanchipuram}. He hailed from a well-off family, but lead a life of simplicity & charity. Kuresan had a gem of a person in his wife, Sri Andalamma. Eveyday he fed the poor & needy in his home. During this time Kuresan became a disciple of Swami Ramanuja in Kanchipuram. They developed a very close relationship and had great regard for each other. But soon Sri Ramanuja decided that he has to move to Sri Rangam to further spread Sri Vaishnavam and left Kanchipuram.

Koorathalwar & his wife continued their daily life of charity and feeding the poor. One such day, as they closed the doors of their home after the daily alms, the sound was so loud that it was heard in by Lord Vardaraja & his divine consort Perundevi Thayar in Kanchipuram. Thayar queried the Lord as to the cause of the gong reverberating through the night air. The Lord turned to his chief priest, Kanchipurna or Thirukachi Nambhi who answered that it was Sri Koorathalwar closing his doors after the daily alms. The Lord and Perundevi-piratti, very pleased to know of Kuresa and his piety and charity, commanded that Kuresan be brought to their Presence. Swami Thirukachi Nambhi hastened to Kura to bring Koorathalwar.

At Kura, when Koorathalwar came to know from Thirukachi Nambhigal the purpose of his visit, he became extremely indignant with himself. “What?! Did the clanging of my doorway disturb the Lord and His Consort in Kanchi?! What a conceited wretch am I that I should let my charity be announced thus to the whole world! What a vain sinner am I!”. The very instant Koorathalwar decided that he had to renounce all his wealth and surrender to his Acharya, Sri Ramanuja at Sri Rangam. Koorathalwar left for Sri Rangam with his wife Andalamma and became a disciple of Sri Ramanuja.

UPDATE – Swami Koorathazhvan 1000th Thirunkashatra Celebrations – Click to Read about Swami’s Thirunakshatra Celebrations and about the Committee organising the Utsavams to donate & help.

More about Swami Koorathawar’s life can be read here – www.saranagathi.org/acharyas/kuresar/life.htm