. aanaatha selvathu aram-paiyar_kaL thaRkuzha
vaanaaLum selvamum maNNakamum yaan vENdEn
thEn-aar_pooN-chOlai thiruvEngada sunaiyil
meenaay piRakkum vithi yudaiyE naavEnE
Perumal Tirumozhi – 4.3
This is a pasuram of Kulashekhar Azhwar in his monumental work, Perumal Thirumozhi. Here he pleads with Srinivasar to grant him the privilege of a boon, a boon not of the soaring wealths and kingdom of skies, but to be a born a fish in the pushkarni of Tirumalai and be involved forever in the service of bhagawan and bhakthas.
I was deeply humbled by Azhwar’s humility and infinite love to Ezhumalai-appan,The Rig-Veda says ” Sirim Peetthasya Girim Gachcha” in context to imply “If you are in fear of samsara, make haste to the Hills of Sri Peetha”. The Lord is also called Sridhara, but here the Shruthi proclaims Him as the very institution of Sri Devi Nachiyar, hence Sri Peetha.
Tirumalai finds mention in various puranas like Varaha Purana, not to forget epics like Srimad Ramayanam as well. It is known by various names viz Sheshadri,Garudadri,Anjandri,Venkatadri, Tiruvenkatam ….
Speaking of Tiruvenkata Mahatmyam, Thoindaiman a paramabhagavatha of the Lord had to face a war with an asura and he prayed of the Lord for aid. Emperuman has this habit of sharing everything with His Bhakthas, and heartfully gave away His Shankham and Chakram and refused to accept it on return and said He would accept it from one another bhagawatha. In the meanwhile our brothers and sisters from different cults fitted the Lord’s vacant lotus hands with different weaopons, thus making Him Ganesha, Skanda, Devi and so on. It was Jagadguru SrimadRamanujar who through a transparent challenge re-established the sankha-chakram in the Lords lotus hands, as willed by Him and thus revived this divya desam.
To this day, people are left with many claims that this not Srinivasa, but some other deity and put forth some of the following arguments : Eyes and slender waist of the Lords indicate it is a female deity, Jata of the Lord, Kadabu distribution on ganesha chaturthi, Brahmotsavam during gauri and ganesha festival, Sri chakram established by Shankaracharyar responsible for the prosperity, Navakshari mula mantram and many more. I need to limit my blog to not bore the reader.
The Lord’s eyes and slender waist : The sunderkandam in the Srimad Ramayanam, shows an episode of Hanuman’s eulogy of Sri Rama to Sita peratti, where he mentions both the eyes and slender waist.
Jata: He is keshava so i don’t find this valid, since even in Brindavanam(Tiruvaryapadi) the Lord has long hair. In fact He where even nose rings and toe rings in kshetras linke Kumbhakonam and Puri.
I have been to Tirumalai and Tirupati during ganesha festival and there has been no report of kadabu distribution. Even if so, Ganesha is grand festival for people in Andhra Pradesh, so does that intervene and make Emperuman; Ganesha?
Divya desams following pacharatra agamam, follow tamizh or solar calender and Tiruvenkatam Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of Perattasi, which occurs during bhadrapada masam. How evere it corresponds to Shravana masam of the lunar calender, shravan or perattashi is considered distinguishdly auspicious to Emperuman.
Navakshari Mula mantram says Om Namo Venkatehaya clearly indicating a male declination in sanskrit. “esa” in sanskrit means Lord and Emperuman is the Lord of Venkatam. Srinivasa is a name commonly found in major works including the Sriman-Mahabharatham and as already mentiong the Rig-Veda itself. Not one of the bhakthas making opposing claims have been able to comment on the SriVatsa, the golden streak on the Lord’s chest and the abode of Sridevi Nachiyaar. Doesn’t that indicate a bigger sense in itself.
I kept this point for the last :
“Adi SankaraBhagwathpada established a Sri-chakram which is responsible for the wealth and this is a shakthi-peetham”
Swami is a Lokacharya. There is no second thought about it or Bhagawthpada’s immense infinite and undiluted bhakthi for emperuman. But there is no mention in the authentic records of some such happening. If it were one of the 51 shakthi peethas, Bhagawathpada would certainly have composed shlokas or mention it somewhere in the ocean of His works. Even His followers, with no objection bow to Srinivasa Perumal, in ideal gurubhakthi and bhagawadbhakthi. Why should we adulterate the avatara charitram of such a paramabhagavtha with our illegetimate claims? Indeed this is bhagawath apacharam, and Emperuman will never approve of this.
Also, the humongous offerings in the form of money to the Lord; everything belongs to Him and He has this innate quality(guna) of attracting everyone towards Him and follow to His lotus feet in surrender. Even Srinath ji in Nathdwara, has huge offerings. Does that mean there is a Sri-chakra there also? or in Vatican City? Why should be so monitory, why should assess the sampat of sakshath samptkumar Himself !!!
For all the bhagawathas who disagree with adiyen, i extend adiyens’ hearty namaskarams. Adiyen Ramanujadaasan.
If the bhagawathas who opine me right feel helpless, when faced with such claims, you may always structure your opinion or even better close your eyes and thinks of the Cute little Srinivasa, with his Lotus eyes, innocent and sweet smile, The Panchajanya Shankham, repository of Veda, the Sudarshan Chakram, repository of Time(Kala chakram), Mahalakshmi thaayar adorning His chest and our guru-paramaparai and bow to the person opposite, as Sri Vaishnava Dharmam prescribes.
This post is a samarpan to Sri Manavala Mamunigal on the occassion of Swami’s Triunakshatram.
Adiyen Ramanuja Daasan
Manaval Mamunigal Tiruvadigale Sharanam
Desikar Tiruvadigale Sharanam
Emperumanar Tiruvadigale sharanam
Azhwargal Thriuvadigale Sharanam
Thaayar Tiruvadigale Sharanam
Emperuman Tiruvadigale Sharanam