srIrangam - 2014 - amAvAsyai and samvathsarAdhi


srImathE satagOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:

srImadh varavaramunayE nama:
srI vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama: 
srIrangam is the root dhivya dhEsam for srIvaishNavas. In general kOyil mean srIrangam in our sath sampradhAyam. Here srIranganAthan is the emperor. Naturally, all the focus is on namperumAL here. srIranganAthan is glorified as "padhinmar pAdiya perumAL" (one who is glorified by all 10 AzhwArs). Most of our pUrvAchAryas spent a good portion of their life time in this dhivya dhEsam performing mangaLAsAsanam to emperumAn and also nurturing the sath sampradhAyam.
emperumAnAr is glorified as the one who reformed this and other dhivya dhEsams to ensure emperumAn is taken care off with the highest quality of services with kainkaryams given to wide range of his devotees. He firmly establishes srIrangam as the head-quarters for our sath sampradhAyam during his days.
Later on, mAmunigaL also arrived at this dhivya dhEsam to reinstate the lost glories of this dhivya dhEsam and our sampradhAyam. That was the time period after invaders tortured the temple-town and caused great damage to the sampradhAyam and the followers. Eventually, mAmunigaL reinstated "rAmAnujArya dhivyAgyA" (the divine orders of srI rAmAnujAchArya) and also fully brought out the divine glories of thiruvAimozhi and its vyAkyAnams. srIranganAthan orders mAmunigaL to lecture on thiruvAimozhi using the commentaries of  nampiLLai and others. At the end of the lecture series, srI ranganAthan himself accepts mAmunigaL as his AchArya and presents the most glorious "srI sailEsa dhayApAthram" thaniyan (glorificatory verse). All of these happened in the chandhana maNdapam (the maNdapam in front of dhvAra pAlakas) after the east/west steps (kIzhap padi and mElap padi).

Though there are many sannidhis inside the temple compound, all sannidhis anushtAnams happen in line with namperumAL 's schedule. Whenever namperumAL comes out of his sannidhi, all other sannidhis nithyAnushtAnams are completed before that.
It is in this same chandhana maNdapam, two eventful days of celebrations were observed on March 30 and March 31. Here is a quick listing of the various events happened on these 2 days at this wonderful dhivya dhEsam.

  • March 30th - panguni amAvAsyai
    • Morning 
      • dhivya prabhandha gOshti at udayavar  (emperumAnAr) sannidhi - daily routine (thiruppallANdu, thiruppAvai, amalanAdhipirAn, kaNNinuN chiRu thAmbu, rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi)
      • namperumAL puRappAdu to chandhana maNdapam
      • snapaNa thirumanjanam - elaborate event with arayar sEvai with cymbals (thALam)
      • thirumanjana kattiyam by vEdha vyAsa bhattar (descendant of AzhwAn's son vEdha vyAsa bhattar)
      • sahasra dhArA thirumanjanam with arayar sEvai and archakas reciting purusha sUktham
    • Evening
  • Mar 31st - ugAdhi - samvathsarAdhi (telugu year beginning)

      • AzhwAn returns to his sannidhi.
      • emperumAnAr returns to his sannidhi followed by piLLai lOkAchAryar.
      • piLLai lOkAchAryar returns to his sannidhi after emperumAnAr enters his sannidhi.
      • sthOthra pAtam gOshti (sthOthra rathnam) continues at emperumAnAr sannidhi until emperumAnAr steps out of the pallakku and returns to mUlavar sannidhi.
      • thIrtham, milk, mudhaliyANdAn (emperumAnAr's pAdhukA) and prasAdham distribution to all.

  • Also during dhIpAvaLi and adhyayana uthsavam, All AzhwArs/AchAryas arrive to see namperumAL together and performs mangaLAsAsanam to him. 
  • Thanks to Rajagopal Kannan swamy for pointing it out some errors in the recording of the events (which are duly corrected now). He also notes that whatever happened outside AzhwAr sannidhi usually happens outside kArthigai gOpura entrance. 

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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  1. After Nammazhwar returns to sannidhi, it is periazhwar blesses Emperumanar, Koorathazhwan and Pillai lokachariar, not Thirumangai azhwar. Actually thirumangai Azhwar Goes inside the sannithi prior to Nammazhwar.

    1. oh yes - thanks swamy. quite a bit of events - its overwhelming sometimes. updated accordingly.
      adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan