Sri Ashtalakshmi Sthothram !! Lyrics & Its meaning 1 – 8

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Victory to Goddess Sri Adi Lakshmi! Who is the primeval female force of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, venerated by the virtuous, sister of Lord Chandra, and has the appearance of mesmerizing gold.  She is worshipped by the Rishis and Sages, she is the provider of liberation to the souls, she has the nectar like speech and she is eulogized by Veda.   She resides in lotus flower, worshipped by the deities and she is the personification of peace and grant virtues in worshipper.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Dhanya Lakshmi! Who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, destroyer of evil effects of Kali era and desirable to Lord, she is the quintessence of Veda and personification of Veda, and she is initiated from the milky ocean and has possessed all the auspiciousness.  She is the embodiment of sacred hymns and resides in it.  She resides in lotus flower; showering auspiciousness to her worshipper and her lotus feet is worshipped by the Deities.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Dairya Lakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu,  she is portraits as  victorious and provider of victory as well, she is the female energy of Lord Vishnu, she is the daughter of Sage Bhargava, she is the embodiment of sacred chant and remains as sacred chant.  She is worshipped by the deities/Suras and she grants boon instantly.  She is the provider of wisdom and intelligence, she is the personification of Sastras, and destroys fear and sins of her worshipper.  She is worshipped by the virtuous; I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Gajalakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, she is the remover of ill fate of her worshipper and desirable to Lord.  She is the embodiment of all Sastra and provider of boons.  She is surrounded by the army of chariots, elephants, horses and cavalry; she is venerated by the virtuous.  She is worshipped by Lord Hari, Lord Hara and Lord Brahma and whose feet are capable to eradicate the grief and sufferings of the worshipper.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Santhana Lakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, she rides on a swan and she is desirable to Lord, she is the consort of Lord Chakradhara who holds the auspicious wheel, she personifies various emotion, she is the embodiment of Intellect & wisdom, she is the provider of virtues and desired for the welfare of the Universe.  She is worshipped by Sapthaswaras of Music, all Suras/deities and Rishis, Asuras/demons and humans.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Vijayalakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Mahdusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, victory to who resides on the lotus flower, she is the provider of liberation to the souls, She is the embodiment of Wisdom &  Knowledge and Music.  She is venerated by the saffron powder on daily basis, along with the divine musical instruments and pleased by the Sri Kanakadhara Sthuthi of Sri Sankara Desika.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Vidyalakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, pleased by the deities and venerated by Sage Bharatha, She is the daughter of Sage Bhargava, She is the remover of grief and miseries, and she is adorned with precious stones and gems.  She has precious ornaments on her ears, she has serene face with a smile on it, she bestows nine kinds of wealth to the worshipper, and she is the remover of evil effects of Kali era.  Her hands are capable to fulfill the desires of her worshipper.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Victory to Goddess Sri Dhanalakshmi, who is the beloved of Lord Madhusoodhana, the slayer of the demon Madhu, complete with the divine sounds of the drums and magnificent sound of conch.  She is worshipped by Veda, Ithihasa and Puranas/sacred scriptures and recommends the Vedic path of belief to her worshipper.  I shall earnestly pray to protect me always.
Sumanasa Vandhitha Madhavi Chandra Sahodhari Hema Maye |
Muni Gana Manditha Moksha Pradhayini Manjula Bashani Vedanuthey ||
Pankajavasini  Deva Supoojitha Sadguna Varshini Sandhiyuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Adilakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Ayi Kali Kalmasha Nasini Kamini Vaidhika Roopini  Veda Maye |
Ksheera Samudhbhava Mangalarupini Manthranivasini Manthranuthey ||
Mangaladhayini Ambujavasini Devaganarchitha Padhayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Dhanyalakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Jaya Varavarnani Vaishnavi Bhargavi Manthra Swaroopini Manthramaye |
Suragana Pujitha Sheegra Phalapradha Gnana Vikasani Shasthranuthey ||
Bhava Bhaya Harini Papa Vimochani Sadhu Janarchitha  Padhayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Dhairya Lakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Jaya Jaya Durgathi Nasini Kamini Sarva Phalapradha  Sastramaye |
Rathagaja Thuranga Padhathi Samavrutha Parijana Manditha  Lokanuthey ||
Hari Hara Bhrama Supujitha Sevitha Thapanivarani Padhayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Gajalakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Ayikhaga Vahini Mohini Chakrini Ragavivardhini Gnanamaye |
Gunagana Varidhi Loka Hithaishini Swara Sapatha Bhooshitha Gananuthey ||
Sakala Surasura Deva Muneeswara Manava Vandhitha Padhayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Santhana Lakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Jaya Kamalasini Sadhgathi Dhayini  Gnana Vikasini Gnanamaye |
Anudhinam Architha Kumkuma Dhoosara Bhooshitha Vasitha Vadhyanuthey ||
Kanakadhara Sthuthi Vaibhava Vandhitha Shankara Desika Manyapathey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Vijayalakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Pranathasureswari Bharathi Bhargavi Shoka Vinasani Rathnamaye |
Manimaya Bhooshitha Karma Vibhooshana Shanthi Samavrutha Hasyamukhey ||
Navanidhi Dhayini Kalimala Harini Kamitha Phalapradha Hasthayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Vidhyalakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Dhimidhimi Dhindhimi Dhindhimi Dhindhimi  Dhundhubhi Nadha Supoornamaye |
Ghumaghuma Ghumaguma Ghumaguma Ghumaguma Shankha Ninadha Suvadhyanuthey ||
Veda Purana Ithihasa Supujitha Vaidhika Marga Pradharshayuthey |
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini Dhanalakshmi Sadha Palayamam ||
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Soundarya Lahari !! Verses & Meritorious reward 91 - 100

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Soundarya Lahari was composed by Sri Adi Shankara is famously known as Wave of Happiness.  Each and every verse has abundance of devoutness in it; recitation of these glorious verses would provide copious commendable reward to the worshipper.  The following are the meritorious reward of verse:
Please check the link below to read the Lyrics and Meanings of verse 91 – 100
91. Provides affluence
92. Provides the power to rule
93. Provides infinite Virtues
94. Fulfillment of desires
95. Provides self-realization & Achievement in Yogic practices
96. Provides eternal wisdom & knowledge
97. Complete renunciation
98. Perpetual wisdom & Flawless command over speech
99. Attainment of Dharma/Righteousness, Artha/Wealth, Kama/Desire & Moksha/Salvation
100. Complete surrender at the lotus feet of Goddess Sri Shakthi
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Life of Thirumangai Alwar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Thirumangai Alwar/Parakalan/Neelan was born to Thiru Alinadudaiyar and Vallithiru Ammaiyar  as an incarnation of the bow /Sharngam of Lord Vishnu, with the birth star Karthikai in 8th Century, in a village called Thirukuraiyallur, Sheerkazhi, Nagapattinam Dist. Tamil Nadu.   The King who was ruled this city was overwhelmed at the valor of Neelan and appointed him as the chief of the army and later he was crowned as the King of Thiruvali in Thirumangai.    There was a celestial Apsara Amangala was cursed by Sage Kapila, due to the curse Amangala was born as Kumudavalli Nachiyar on Earth.    Thirumangai Alwar was mesmerized at the fame and intelligence of Kumudavalli Nachiyar and earnestly desired to marry her.  Kumudavalli Nachiyar put forward a condition that Thirumangai Alwar should serve 1008 Vaishnavas with food on daily basis.   Thirumangai Alwar sincerely follower her instruction, soon it affected the financial condition of the city.  The Chola King who was ruled the city ordered his men to collect tax from the Thirumangai, but he was refused to pay and detailed them about the pitiable state of the city.  King ordered his men to detain Thirumangai Alwar, but they were failed to perform their duty.  Finally King was pleased at the valor of Thirumangai arrived with his men to capture him and detained him in a temple for three days with no food and water.     Thirumangai had a dream in that Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram instructed him that if he serves Lord and follow the divine instruction, Alwar can have the money to pay off his taxes.  Thirumangai Alwar returned to Kanchipuram with the permission of the King and conducted an excavation process as per the instruction of Lord and found a pot full of gold coins,  with these golden coins Thirumangai alwar paid off his debt and kept the remaining for the service of Vaishnavaites.  The King refused to accept the gold coins and returned them to Alwar for the smooth functioning of his service.  Shortly, Alwar found shortage of fund for his service, decided to filch money from the wealthy people, in this way Thirumangai Alwar relentlessly served the Vaishnavaites.  Once, Lord Narayana and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi appeared before him, disguised in the form of a newly wedded couple in a dense forest.  Alwar and his men threatened the couple and plundered all the jewels and money from them.  They snatched all the jewels except the ring on the feet of Lord Narayana, pretended that it was difficult to remove and instructed Thirumangai to remove the ring.   Thirumangai clasped the ring with his teeth; Lord Narayana whispered the sacred hymn Ashtakshara on his ears.  Soon, Thirumangai realized the presence of Lord Narayana and begged for forgiveness.   Thirumangai Alwar never utilized the money ransacked for his personal use; he had spent it all for serving the devotees of Lord.    
Thirumangai Alwar composed sung 1253 verses praising the glories of Supreme Lord know as Periya Thirumozhi, Thirukkurnthandakam, Thirunedunthandakam, Thiruyezhukootrirukkai, Periya Thirumadal, Siriya Thirumadal.   Alwar visited 46 sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu and 36 shrines with other Vaishnavaite saints who were lived during that period.
Details of the sacred shrines visited by Thirumangai Alwar are Thiruppullani, Thirumayam, Uthamarkovil, Thirukandiyur, Naimisharanyam, Thiruppiruthi/Nandaprayag, Ahobilam/Thirusingavelkundram, Thiruvannur, Thirunindravoor, Thiruthanka, Thiruparameswara Vinnagaram, Thirupavalavannam, Thiruneeragam, Thirukaragam, Thirukkarvanam,Thirukkalvannur, Thirunilathingal Thundan, Thiruputkuzhi, Thiruvanthipuram/Thiruvaheendrapuram, Kazhicheera Vinnagaram, Thirukkavalampadi, Thiruvellakulam, Thirukeezhaichalai/Thiruthevanarthokai, Thiruparthanpalli, Thirumanikkoodam, Manimadakkovil, Ariyameyavinnagaram, Thiruvanpursharthamam, Thiruthetriambalam, Thiruvaikundavinnagaram, Thirusemponsei Koyil, Thiruthalaichangadu/Thalaichingananmathiyam, Thiruinthalur, Theramundhur,  Thiruchirupuliyur, Nagai, Thirukkannangudi, Thirukkannamangai, Thiruccherai, Thirunaraiyur, Thiruvelliangudi, Nanthipuravinnagaram, Thiruadhannur, Thiruppullabhoothangudi, Thirukkadaloor, Thirukkozhi,
Thirumangai Alwar visited 36 shrines with the other Alwars who were lived at that period of time.  Those temples are:
(Thirumangai Alwar & Thiru Bhoothathalvar) Thiruneermalai, Thiruvidanthai, Thirukadalmallai, Athigiri,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Poikai Alwar) Thiru Ashtabujam,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Peiyalvar ) Thirukkadigai,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruoorakam, 
(Thirumangai Alwar & Nammalvar) Thirumohur, Thiruppuliyur, Thiruvallavazh, Thirumoozhikkalm, Thirunavai,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Periyalvar) Badrinath, Salagramam, Thirukkoodal
(Thirumangai Alwar & Kulazhekara Alwar) Thiruchithrakoodam, Thiruvazhi Thirunagari,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Boothathalvar) Thiruthangal,
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peyalwar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruvallikkeni
(Thirumangai Alwar, Poikai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar ) Thirukkoyilur
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peialvar & Nammalvar) Thiruvinnagaram
(Thirumangai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar & Nammalvar) Thiruvennatrangarai/Thanjaimamani Koyil
(Thirumangai Alwar, Nammalvar, Periyalvar & Andal) Thiruvadamathurai/Mathura, Dwaraka
(Thirumangai Alwar, Poikai Alwar, Peiyalvar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruvekka
(Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Periyalvar & Nammalvar) Thiruppernagar/Koyiladi, Thirukkurungudi,
(Thirumangai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar, Peiyalvar & Thirumazhisai Alwar)  Thiruppadagam
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Kulazhekara Alwar, Nammalvar) Thirukkannapuram
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Kulazhekara Alawar, Nammalvar, Thondaradipodi Alwar) Ayodhya
(Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar, Periyalvar, Peiyalvar) Thirukoshtiyur
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Bhoothathalvar, Peiyalvar, Nammalvar) Thirumalirumcholai
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Boothathalvar, Peiyalvar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Nammalvar) Kumbakonam
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Peiyalvar, Bhoothathalvar, Poikai Alwar, Nammalvar, Kulazhekara Alwar, Thiruppana Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thirumalai/Thiruvengadam, Thirupparkadal
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peialvar, Periyalvar, Andal, Bhoothathalvar, Poikai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Thiruppana Alwar, Nammalvar, Kulazhekara Alwar, Thondaradipodi Alwar) Thiruvarangam/Srirangam
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Life of Sri Ramanujacharya !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Sri Ramanujacharya/Udaiyavar/Ilayaperumal/Bashyakara/ Ilayazhvan/Emperumanar/Thiruppavai Jeeyar/ Ethirajan was born to Asuri Sri Kesava Somayaji and Kanthimathi Ammal , a pious couple in the tamil month Chaithra with the birth star Arudra in the year 1017 A.D, in the village of Perambadur, Chennai/Madras.    Asuri Sri Kesava Somayaji and his chaste wife Kanthimathi was ardent follower of Thirukacchi Nambi.  At the divine instruction of Thirukacchi Nambi a fire sacrifice was performed to please Lord Parthasarathy of Thiruvallikkeni.  In due course of time, Kanthimathi Ammal gave birth to a stunning male child named Ramanuja.    Periya Thirumalai Nambi, maternal uncle of the child instantly realized the auspicious signs of the new born.   
Ramanuja mastered in Vedas at the age of 16 and then proceeded to Kanchipuram to pursue the study of Veda and Advaita philosophies under the guidance of Sri Yadavaprakasha.  The interpretations of Veda/Vedantha by Yadavaprakash often made studious Ramanuja unsatisfied, thus it raised differences of opinion between the two.   Ramanuja expressed his justifications with poise about the sacred texts were highly appreciated and accepted by the pupil gathered; it created immense hatred in Sri Yadavaprakasha towards Ramanuja.  Eventually, the enmity towards Ramanuja forced Yadavaprakasha to ploy against him; he deputed Ramanuja and his cousin Govinda Bhatt, fellow student and favorite of Yadavaprakasha to Varanasi.  Govinda Bhatt was already known Yadavaprakasha’s treacherous plan against Ramanuja, eventually he was saved by the divine grace of Lord Varadaraja.   Ramanuja was married to Thanjammal, it was lasted only for few years.  Ramanuja accepted Sanyasashrama and served Lord Varadaraja, Mudaliandan and Kurathalwar were the initial disciples of him; shortly Yadhava Prakasha regretted at his folly and returned to Ramanuja, realized his greatness and became his disciple. Thirukacchinambi honored Ramanuja with the title ‘Ethiraja’ at the command of Lord Varadaraja.  Periayanambi sang ‘Divya Prabandham’ praising the glories of Lord Varadaraja and attained a boon; he obtained the permission from Lord Varadaraja to take Ramanuja to Srirangam.  Kanchipuram was in grief at the departure of Ramanuja and Srirangam was in ecstasy to receive the great seer, Lord Ranganatha honored him with the title ‘ Udaiyavar’.
Ramanujacharya relentlessly served Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram.  In the meantime, Yamunacharya was pleased at the teachings & principles of Ramanujacharya and desired to appoint him as his successor, consequently Mahapurna, one of the disciples of Yamunacharya was assigned to bring Ramanujacharya to Sri Rangam, but Yamanucharya attained the lotus feet of Lord before the arrival of Ramanujacharya to Sri Rangam.  Yamunacharya’s mortal coil was observed and found that three fingers on the right hand were firmly folded to palm.  Ramanujacharya realized that his Master had three unfulfilled desires and those were the command to teach the doctrines of Vaishnavism for enriching humanity and the ways to surrender to supreme Lord, conservation of Vedas and the composition of commentaries on Vedanta/Sutra for the welfare of the humanity, lastly enlighten the souls about the knowledge of supreme Lord and the relation to the souls and the path of liberation.  Instantly, the three fingers of Yamunacharya’s mortal coil remained wide open.  Shortly, Ramanujacharya was initiated to Vaishnavism by Mahapurna according to the Pancha Sansakara rite.  Goshti Purna, one of the disciples of Sri Yamanucharya was introduced the most sacred Ashtakshari hymn ‘Om Namo Narayana’ to Ramanuja, a most powerful hymn which provides Salvation that was instantly announced to the public against the will of Goshtipurna/Thirukottiyur Nambi by standing on the temple tower of Thirukkotiyur, this incident added admiration to Ramanujacharya and honored with a title ‘Emperumanar’.
Ramanujacharya had many followers and travelled extensively to the sacred places of Varanasi, Kashmir, Badrinath, Puri, Thirupathi etc.. and returned to Sri Rangam.  Later, Ramanuja was returned to the Kingdom of Hoysalas,  King Bhatti Deva was an ardent follower of Ramanujacharya.  At the divine instruction of Ramanuja, a magnificent temple was built at Melkote.  Before leaving Melkote to Sri Rangam,  Ramanujacharya sanctified an image of him for the worship due to the pleadings of his disciples at Melkote.    During his stay at Sri Rangam, Ramanjuacharya wrote commentaries on Vedanta/Sutra and various compositions like Gadhya/prose based on Vedantha, Vedantha Sangraham, Sri Bashyam, Vedantha Deepa, Vedantha Sara,  Saranagathi Gadhya, Sriranga Gadhya,  Vaikunta Gadhya, Gita Bashyam and Nithyagrantham.   At the age of 120 years Sri Ramanujacharya attained salvation at the lotus feet of Lord Narayana.  Sri Ramanujacharya’s sanctified image can be seen as ‘Than Ukandha Thirumeni’ at  Sri Perambadur, ‘Thamar Ukandha Thirumeni’ at Thirunarayanapuram/Melkote and ‘Thaman Thirumeni’ at Sri Rangam respectively.
Abhimana Kshethram !! Sri Perambadur Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple:
108 Divya Deasam !! Thiruvarangam/Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple:
Jai Sriman Narayana !!