Thai Amavasya on 30th January, 2014 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Amavasya/ no moon day is considered as most propitious for performing homage to ancestors who holds mystic powers and have absolute authority on our lives.  Performances of special rituals to please the ancestors/Pitrus on the auspicious days of Mauni Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya, Thai Amavasya, Somavati Amavasya, Shani Amavasya, Diwali Amavasya provides commendable virtues. 


Mauni Amavasya is observed during the time of the planet sun and moon settles in Capricorn, the day Swayambuva Manu/Progenitors of humans was created by Lord Brahma.  Lord Brahma was created Sanaka, Sananda, Sanatana and Sanathkumara followed by Eleven Rudras,  Saptha Rishis, and Manus.  On this day of Mauni  Amavasya, performance of homage to ancestors, abstain from sensual pleasures and worship of Supreme of Lord would bring spiritual enlightenment salvation to the worshipper. 


Mahalaya Amavasya is the last day of Mahalaya Pitru Paksha.

Thai Amavasaya in the Tamil month Thai is propitious for the performance of oblations; it would purify mind and soul and provides abundance of devoutness. 

Somavati Amavasya fall on Mondays are equally promising to perform austerities and pay homage to ancestors that would eradicate grief and illness.   Ablation in Holy River provides salvation to the worshipper; fasting and veneration of Peepal tree will provide longevity and happiness.


Shani Amavasaya fall on Saturdays are propitious to worship Lord Shaneeswara/Lord Saturn.  Worship of Lord Shani and performance of homage to ancestors on this day would eradicate ill effects of the changes in the planetary position.


Diwali Amavasya /Lakshmi Puja bring commendable merits to the worshipper.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Significance of Circumambulation/Girivalam in Thiruvannamalai/Pancha Bhootha Kshetram !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bhootha Kshetram of Lord Shiva represent as Fire, one of the five elements of nature.  The practice of circumambulation of the temple and the mountain Annamalai with bare foot known as Girivalam, one of the effective and superior forms of Yoga considered as a sacred deed.   The Worship of Ashta Linga such as Indra Linga, Agni Linga, Yama Linga, Niruthi Linga, Varuna Linga, Vayu Linga, Kubera Linga, Esanya Linga installed by Lord Indra, Lord Agani, Lord Yama, Lord Nirthi, Lord Varuna, Lord Vayu, Lord Kubera and Lord Esanya respectively, located 14km circumference of the hill provides abundance of devoutness to the worshipper.   This holy hill of Thiruvannamalai was a symbol of ‘Fire’ in Kritha Yuga, Emerald in Thretha Yuga, Gold in Dwapara Yuga and it represents rock in Kaliyuga.  There are Eight Lingas known as Ashta Linga located on the eight directions in octagonal structure on the circumambulatory ways worshipped by the deities.  This circumambulation path ways is extended up to the length of 14km, considered as magnificent Abode of Siddhars and holy men.  Worshippers undertake the practice of circumambulation of the hill on the day of full moon/Purnima considered as one of the most propitious act, provides commendable rewards.
Worship of Indra Linga installed by Lord Indra provides longevity and fame.
Worship of Agni Linga installed by Lord Indra cures all the incurables and removes fear.

Worship of Yama Linga installed by Lord Yama provides longevity.
Worship of Niruthi Linga installed by Niruthi provides Good Health, Wealth, Fame and progeny.
Worship of Varuna Linga installed by Lord Varuna provides Good Health.
Worship of Vayu Linga installed by Lord Vayu provides Good Health.
Worship of Kubera Linga installed by Lord Kubera provides affluence.
Worship of Esanya Linga installed by Lord Esanya provides peace of mind.
Pancha Bhootha Kshetram Thiruvannamalai:
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirukattrappur Thiru Naduthariyappar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thirukattrappur/Thirukkannappur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalm of Lord Shiva located in Valivalam, Thiruvanur, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
Presiding deity – Thiru Naduthariyappar/Nadutharinathar with his consort Goddess Sri Mathumai Ammayar/Mathumainayaki
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar
Sthalavruksham – Palm
Theertham – Shivagangai Theertham
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Navagrahas, Lord Chandra, Lord Surya, Lord Shaneeswara, idols of Thiru Gnana Sambandhar & Thirunavukkarasar, Goshtamurtham – Lord Ganesha, Lord Brahma, Lord Dakshinamurthi,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram, Markazhi, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Karthikai,
Lord Shiva was pleased at the devotion of His zealous devotee, a young woman who was married to a Vaishnavaite.  She furtively worshipped Lord Shiva without the knowledge of her family members as they were passionate devotees of Lord Vishnu.  Her husband was unhappy about her devotion to Lord Shiva and slashed the statue with an axe, instantly blood started oozing from the stone and Lord Shiva appeared before them to prove His existence.  With her wholehearted devotion to Lord Shiva, both the woman and her husband got salvation.
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.00 PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sat-tila Ekadashi on 27th January, 2014 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Please follow the link below to read the glories of Sat-tila Ekadashi:
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

12 Azhwars !! Life of Sri Andal !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

 Sri Andal was found by Periyalwar in his Tulsi Garden; he used to pick flowers from this garden to make beautiful garlands for Lord Vatapatrasayee. Sri Andal was born in 9th century – Adi Month – with the birth star Pooram – An incarnation of Sri Boodevi Thayar.    Periyalwar was an ardent devotee of Lord Ragamannar and a self-less devotee of Lord Vatapatrasayee.  He makes beautiful garlands for Lord on daily basis and present before Him.  One day, while plucking flowers from his garden, he happened to listens the cries of a baby.  He rushed towards the Tulsi shrubs.  There he found a stunningly beautiful baby girl.  Periyalwar took the baby affectionately and brought up her.  He named her ‘Andal’ (Godha).  The baby girl assisted her father in plucking flowers and making garlands for Vatapatrasayee.  Andal grew up listening to the glories of Lord Krishna.  She attentively listens to His childhood pranks and she imagined herself as one of the gopis – childhood friends of Lord Krishna.  Slowly and steadily Andal’s undivided devotion towards Lord turned into desire to attain him as her husband.  She imagined herself as Gopi, Srivilliputhur as Gokulam and the villagers as Gopis.  Her yearning for Lord Krishna had no bounds.  She composed ‘Nachiyar Thirumozhi’ and ‘Thiruppavai’ out of her longing for Lord Krishna. 


Once, there arrived an orator to give speech about Lord Krishna and happened to describe the ‘Markazhi Nombu’ (fasting) to attain Lord Krishna’s grace.  The little girl Andal earnestly paid attention to the rules for fasting should be followed and assembled her friends encouraged them to   observe Markazhi Nombu. During the Month of Markazhi , Andal raise in the early morning and enthusiastically knock at the doors of her friends to take bath in the river.   Her ‘Thiruppavi’ beautiful and divine compositions are exciting and it grabs the attentions of everyone.  The thirty songs under the title ‘Thiruppavai’ is totally mesmerizing and enthralling.   Witnessing the vivacious acts of Andal, her father started to worry about the girl.  Whenever Periyalwar remind her about her marriage, she replies with innocent remarks ‘I want to marry only Lord Krishna’. It added Periyalwar’s worries about his dearest daughter, eventually   people started criticizing at her devotion to Lord. 


As the years passed by, Periyalwar continued to serve Lord Vatapatrasayee with fresh flower garlands every day.  As usual, one day Periyalwar kept ready fresh garlands for Vatapatrasayee and rushed to attend his chore.  Andal furtively hurried to the place where her father kept the fresh flower garland and took it in her hand.  She stood dreamingly before the mirror and wore the garland around her neck.  She imagined herself marrying to Lord Vatapatrasayee and kept the garland back on its place.  Periyalwar naively took the garland and went to temple.  He handed over the garlands to the temple priest.   The temple priest inspected the garland and called back Periyalwar  ‘ Your garland is not fresh today, there is a long hair entwine with this.  So please take it back.’  Periyalwar shocked to hear this.  His face reddened with anger, he came rushing to home.  There he found his lovely girl anxiously waiting to see his father back.  Thus, Andal has another name too ' soodikodutha Sudar Kodi'.   She was waiting to hear from her father that the garland she had already worn by her was accepted by Lord as a sign of acceptance to the marriage between them.  She was fully engrossed with the thoughts of   Lord; she envisioned her marriage with Lord Vatapatrasayee. 



All of a sudden, there appeared Periyalwar in a rage questioned her in harsh words and yelled at her.  Abruptly, Periyalwar went to take bath, moved to collect fresh flowers from the garden and started to construct garland all over again.  Periyalwar approached the priest with confidence regained and handed over the garland to him.  When the priest moved closer to the idol of the Lord with garland on his hand, a mysterious voice demanded ‘Bring the garland which was worn by Andal.  I don’t need this fresh garland anymore.’  At this, Periyalwar astounded and rushed back home.  There, he found his lovely girl in tears, she was crying to Lord for rejecting her proposal for marriage that she was dreamt from her childhood.  Periyalwar informed about the miraculous event happened at the temple.  He rushed back to the temple holding the garland in one hand and Andal in the other. 


Periyalwar rushed to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple weeping as he had committed an unforgivable sin.  He expressed his grief before Vatapatrasayee and lamented at his sin of offering used flowers to Lord.  Andal was crying silently and stood before the idol.  She convinced herself that she did not commit any mistake.  It was her long cherished wish to marry Aranganathar.  She was already made up her mind and gracefully walked towards the idol as if a married woman approaching her husband.   Periyalwar looked at her lovely daughter and both exchanged their views at a glance and offered farewell to each other.  Within a blink of an eye Andal disappeared from the sight and a mysterious voice heard ‘Andal is mine Periyalvar.  You need not worry about her’.


Sri Andal composed enthralling verses praising the glories of Lord Narayana in her famous work Nachiyar Thirumozhi (143) and Thiruppavai (30).


Thiruppavai Pasurams with meanings:


Kamalamudan Villiputhur Vilangavandhal Vazhiye !
Karar Nattruzhaikana Avatharithal Vazhiye !
Vimalamam Thiruvadi Poorathal Vazhiye !
Vishnuchithan Valarthedutha Ilamkizhaiyal Vazhiye !
Amala Thiruppavai Aiyyaru Alitharulval Vazhiye !
Aga Noottraindhu Moonuraithal Vazhiye !
Amudanam Aranganukke Malayitral Vazhiye !
Andal Tham Inaiyadigal Anavartham Vazhiye !
Thiruvadipoorathu Jagathudhithal Vazhiye !
Thiruppavai Muppathum Seppinal Vazhiye !
Periyazhvar Petredutha Pen Pillai Vazhiye !
Perumpudur Mamunikku Pinnanal Vazhiye !
Oru Nootru Narppathu Munnuraithal Vazhiye !
Uyar Aranganukke Kanni Ugandalithal Vazhiye !
Maruvarum Thirumalli Vala Nadi Vazhiye !
Van Puduvai Nagar Kodhai Malarpadhangal Vazhiye !

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

12 Azhwars !! Life of Kulasekharalvar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Hey Gopalaka Kripa Jalanidhe Hey Sindhu Kanyapathe
Hey Kamsanthaka Hey Gajendra Karunapareena Hey Madhava |
Hey Ramanuja Jagathrya Guro: Hey Pundarikakshamam
Hey Gopijananatha Palaya Param Janami Na Thwam Vina || (Mukundamala)


Thiru Kulasekhara Alwar/Kolli Kavalan/Koodal Nayakan/Koyikone/Villavar Kone/Cheyralar Kone was born during 8th century A.D to King Dhidavratha and his chaste wife Nadhanayaki in the year Pramadhi, Tamil month Masi with the birth star Punarvasu in Thiruvanjikulam, Kodungallur, Kerala.   The entire Chera Kingdom rejoiced over the birth of this divine child, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Kausthubam, the precious gem adorned on the chest of Lord Vishnu.   Young Kulashekara was introduced to Astra & Sastra, sacred scriptures at early years of childhood.  In a short span of time, Kulashekara mastered all the subjects and acquired profound knowledge in war tactics, archery, horse & elephant riding and the science of armaments.  In due course of time, Kulashekara was crowned as the King of Chera Kingdom. 


King Kulashekara was righteous ruler and a fervent devotee of Lord Vishnu.  The people of the Chera Kingdom expressed immense joy over their mighty King and his benevolence.  He was a wise and unparalleled ruler, conquered all the neighboring cities including the Kingdoms of Pandya and Chozha.   Later, King Kulazhekara was married to the princess of Pandya Kingdom.  This couple had a son Dhidavradha and a daughter Ila. 


One day King Kulazhekara had a dream in the Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala instructed the purpose of his life and remain unfaltering in the path of devotion and dedication.  That was the life changing event in the life of this mighty King.  King Kulazhekara grieved over the several deaths happened while achieving greatest heights in life and realized his absence in the field of spiritual progress and the missed opportunities to serve the supreme Lord.  He invited profound scholars in Vaishnavism to the palace and immersed in the study of the sacred scriptures, contributed immense wealth for the renovation of temples and its management, especially to the famous temple of Lord Ranganatha in Sri Rangam.  Gradually King Kulasekhara turned out an zealous devotee of Lord Rama, he would spend several hours listening to the glories of Lord Rama as an ideal King, dutiful son, perfect husband, affectionate brother etc….While listening to the spiritual discourse on the great epic Srimad Ramayana, King Kulasekhara was deeply perturbed at certain moments after listening to the hardships Lord Rama had to undergo and the gruesome battle with the demons, he immediately orders his men to be ready with their forces to assist Lord Rama in the battle,   often the orator had to calm down the King saying that it was Lord Rama won the battle over the demons.  The Ministers and members of the assembly were puzzled at the devotion of the King.  A beautiful idol of Lord Rama & Goddess Sita was installed in the palace and daily rituals and rituals on special occasions were performed elaborately. 


On a Ramanavami day the deities were arranged for the special rituals, King Kulazhekara noticed that the precious jewel ornament was missing from the idol, ordered his men to locate the same.  The ministers suspected the Vaishnavaite scholars and saints who used to conduct lectures and prayers.  There was a custom prevailed in those days that in case of any dispute the innocent should prove blamelessness by putting hands into a pot full of venomous snakes.  King Kulazhekara was certain that no Vaishnavaite saint or scholar could commit such a sin and slipped his hand inside the pot, shortly removed his hand from the pot unharmed.  In this way, King Kulazhekara proven the innocence and staunch devotion of the saints and scholars assembled.  Later, it was proved that the ministers constructed a ploy against the holy men; in order to cut off the association of the King with the Vaishnavaite Saints and scholars, thus put an end to King’s undue interest in spiritual activities.  This incident had cemented King’s devotion and dedication towards Lord.  King Kulazhekara lost interest in the material world, discarded all the wealth and crowned his son Dhidavardan as the King of Chera Kingdom.  Ilai/Serkkulavalli/Chera Kula Valli Nachiyar, daughter of King Kulazhekara was a staunch devotee of Lord Ranganatha.  On the auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami Sri Serkkulavalli Nachiyar married to Lord Ranganatha/Namperumal and devoted her life as a dutiful wife to Lord Rangatha and immersed in the service of Lord.  King Kulazhekara lived a life of an ascetic, composed enthralling verses like Mukundamala and Perumal Thirumozhi (105) praising the glories of Lord Rama.    Lord was pleased at the devotion of the King and bestowed him with the title Kulazhekara Perumal.


Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar visited many sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu and sung praising the glories of Lord.  In Perumal Thirumozhi Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar earnestly reveals his desire to remain close to Lord in the form of a bird or rock or fish in the sacred pond or stairs before the sanctum of Lord.   At the age of 67 years on a Swathi day, Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar attained salvation at the lotus feet of Lord Narayana.   As desired by this great Vaishnavaite saint Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar resides closer to Lord Venkateswara in the form of doorstep/Kulazhekara Padi in Tirupathi.


Vanperu Vanakam Uyya, Amarar Uyya
Manuyya, Mannulakil Manisaruyya
Thunpamigu Thuyar Akala, Ayarvu Ondrilla
Sukam Valara, Agamagizhum Thondar Vazha
Anpodu Thenthisai Nokki Pallikollum
Aniyarangan Thirumuttratthu Adiyar Thangal
Inbamigu Perunkuzhuvu Kandu Yanum
Isaindhudane Yendru Kolo Irukkum Nale? (Perumal Thirumozhi 1-10)
Namami Narayana Padha Pankajam
Karomi Narayana Poojanam Sadha |
Vadhami Narayana Nama Nirmalam
Smarami Narayana Thathwam Avyayam || (Mukundamala)
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

12 Azhwars !! Life of Thiru Nammalvar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
‘Kandu Kettuttru Morthunduzhalum Aimkaruvi
Kandavinpam Therivariya Alavilla Chittrinbam
Ondodiyan Thirumakalum Neeyume Ula Nirpa
Kanda Kathir Kandozhinthen Aadainthen Un Thiruvadiye’( Thiruvaimozhi 4-9-10)
Thiruvadiyai Narananai Kesavanai Paramchudarai
Thiruvadi Servathu Karuthi Chezhunguruhur Sadagopan
Thiruvadimel  Uraiththa Tamizh Ayirathul Ippathum
Thiruvadiye Adaivikkum Thiruvadi Sernthu Undrumine (Thiruvaimozhi 4-9-11)
Thiru Nammalvar Thiruvadikale Saranam:

Sadagopan/Maran/Parankusan/Vakulabaranan/Kuraingayar Kone/Sadari was born to Kariyar and his wife Udaya Nangaiyar on a full moon day of Shukla Paksha Chathurthi in the year Pramathi, Tamil month Vaikasi with the birth star Vishakam.  Thiru Porkariyar was a descendant of renowned King Thiruvazhudivala Nadar who was ruled the city of Kurangunadu with Kurugur/Thirukkurugur as its capital, had a son Kariyar who was married to Udaya Nangaiyar, daughter of Thiruvazhmarpar an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.  Kariyar was righteous and Udaya Nagaiyar was a dutiful wife to him.  Once, Thiru Kariyar and Udaya Nagaiyar visited Thirukkurungudi Sri Adinatha Swamy temple and offered prayers.  This pious couple had no offspring and they sincerely prayed to Lord Adinatha Swamy for a virtuous child.  At the divine instruction of Lord Adinatha, the temple priest put into words the blissful message that the couple will be soon blessed with an honorable child; Lord Adinatha will descend on Earth as their offspring.  The couple rejoiced over the compassion of Lord Adinatha, they abundantly offered alms to the priest and returned home.


In due course of time, Udaya Nangaiyar conceived with a child and gave birth to a stunning boy child, who was the personification of Lord Vishwaksena, Commander-in-chief of Lord Vishnu.  The new born was neither moved its limbs nor responded to any of the sounds of the outer world.  The beautiful face has the resemblances of full moon and it was serene, refused to accept any intake.  The parents were deeply worried about the abnormal behavior of their child.  They took their child Maran to Lord Adinatha Swamy temple, Thirukkurungudi/Alwar Thirunagari.  After the usual rituals, young Maran crawled towards the Tamarind tree situated in the temple, eventually disappeared into the burrow inside the tree and underwent deep meditation for sixteen years.


Madurakavi Alwar visited Alwar Thirunagri and witnessed Thiru Nammalvar/Maran inside the tamarind tree.  Madurakavi Alwar clapped his hands standing before the burrow; consequently Nammalvar got out from the transcendental state and opened his eyes.  Madurakavi Alwar shot a question ‘Sethathin Vayitril Siriyathu Piranthal, Athu Yethai Thindru Engey Kidakkum’? (If Jeevathma enters into the body of lifeless matter, what would it do?), Thiru Nammalvar gracefully answered ‘Athai Thindru Ange Kidakkum’ (The supreme Lord dwells in the liberated soul and He will be the source of Energy, wisdom and eternal bliss).  Madurakavi Alwar prostrated before Nammalvar with a request to accept him as his disciple.  Henceforth, Thiru Madurakavi Alwar turned out an earnest disciple of Thiru Nammalavar, he wrote down all the sacred verses sung by Thiru Nammalvar in praise of Lord Vishnu.   Thiru Nammalvar remained in the burrow, all the deities of the Divya Desams assembled in Alwar Thirunagari and provided dharshan to Nammalwar and Nammalvar passionately sung praising all the deities.


The famous literary works of Thiru Nammalvar was compiled by Thiru Madhurakavi Alwar into four sections such as Thiruvaimozhi (1102) Thiru Virutham (100), Thiruvasiriyam (7), Periya Thiruvandhadhi (87).  Thiruvaimozhi consists of 1,102 verses are the essence of Samaveda, Thiruvirutham consist of 100 verses are the essences of Rig Veda, Thiruvasiriyam consists of 7 verses are the essence of Yajur Veda and Periya Thiruvandhadhi consists of 87 verses are the essence of Atharva Veda.  The exemplary work of Thiru Nammalvar emphasizes the nature of Paramathma & Jeevathma, several means to attain the Paramathma and the obstacles caused to attain the objective.


Thiru Nammalvar attained salvation at the age of 32.  Thiru Madurakavi Alwar was grief stricken at the demise of his Master.  One day, Thiru Nammalvar appeared in the dream of Thiru Madurakavi Alwar and instructed to locate his idol in the brimming water of river Tamraparni.  Later, this idol of Thiru Nammalvar was sanctified and installed for the worship in Alwar Thirunagari.


Aniyar Pozhil Shoozh Aranga Nagarappa !
Thnaiyen Ini Nin Arul Allathu Enakku
Maniye ! Mani Manikkame ! Madusooda !
Paniyai Yenakku Uyyum Vahai Paramjothi !
Jai Sriman Narayana !!