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Volume 2, Issue No. 10
Sri Balaji Bharati
(A monthly Newsletter from our Temple)
This newsletter is issued with the Divine Blessings of His Holiness Srimad Azhagiyasingar
Pagal Patthu Satrumurai
Sri Vaikunta Ekadasi
Ira Patthu Utsavam Begins
Kudarai Vellum 108 Tada Utsavam
Thai Month Begins
Pongal – Makar Sankranti
Kanu / Mattu Pongal
Sri Andal Abhishek
Sri Padmavati Abhsihek
Ira Patthu Concludes Azhwar Thiruvadi Thozhal
Sri Kurattazhwan Thirunakshatram
Sudarsana Abhishek/ Homam
Sahasra Deepalankara Seva
Abhishek / Anna Danam
Sri Nrusimha Phulangi
Sri Padmavati Phulangi
Sri Balaji Phulangi
Bhaktas are aware that the temple organizes, every Chitra, the Birth Star of Lord Sudarshana, a Havan invoking the Divine Blessing of Lord Sudarshana. The Blessing of Lord Sudarshana relieves one from all forms of misery.
Please participate in this special event and obtain Lord Sudarshana’s Blessing. This months’ Sudarshna Homam will be on 19th January
Sri Balaji Vimshati
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This sloka is dedicated to Sri Govindaraja Swami at Tirupati.
The poet says, Lord, in the divine form of Sri Govindaraja, has made a measuring cup as his pillow and reclining here to protect the mankind. This divine form of lord fills our heart with ultimate bliss.
The Pancharatra Agama prescribes five special days or Parvas on which special poojas and procession of presiding deities should be performed. These five days or parvas are Maasa Pirappu (1st day of the Tamil Month), Amavasya, Purnima, Shukla / Krishna Ekadashi and the birth star of the presiding deity (Sravana) day. The Temple, on these days, performs an Abhishek of the Utsava Idol of Lord Srinivasa in the morning (around 9.30 AM). In the evening (around 7.00 PM), the same Utsava Idol is grandly led in procession through the temple precincts. Devotees are requested to participate in large numbers and obtain Lord Srinivasa’s Blessing. Please refer the Panchaang section for this month’s schedule.
Know Your Acharyas
18th Azhagiyasingar (Jeer) of Ahobila Mutt
The eighteenth Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt Sriman Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikan was born in the lineage of Veeravalli in Thiruvallur on a Ashlesha nakshatra day of Purattasi month. He ascended the Peetha on a Shukla Ekadashi day of Thai month, Pramatheecha year (corresponding to January, 1734 CE) at Thiruputkuzhi.
After assuming the charge of at Thiruputkuzhi he travelled to Kanchipuram to perform Mangalashasanam of Lord Varadaraja. From there he proceeded to Srirangam and performed mangalashasanam at various Divya Desas enroute.
At Srirangam the Jeer used to perform his Nitya Anushtanas on the banks of Kaveri and then perform mangalashasam of Goddess Ranganachiyar and Lord Ranganatha . Then he used give Kalekshapa lectures on Sri Bhashya and other scriptures at the Dasavatara Sannidhi. During this time Kovil Kandhadai Annan Swami whose family managed the Dasavatara Sannidhi also joined the Kalkshepa Goshti.
One day, after a completion of a Kalakshepa lecture,the Jeer told Sri Annan swami on how amenable of the environs of the Dasavatara Sannidhi was for the Kalakshepa and other activities. To this Sri Annan swami responded, “Swamin ! This sannidhi was handed over to my forefathers by Sri Adivan Satakopan. It was his divine command to our family to manage this Sannidhi, a duty which we have been doing diligently over generations. I request you to take this Sannidhi back in to the fold of Sri Ahobila Mutt itself .”
Saying so Sri Annan Swami handed over the management of Sri Dasavatara Sannidhi, and its garden to the Jeer.
Sri Annan Swami also handed over the an idol of Sri Ranganatha worshiped by his family for many generation to the Jeer . This is the idol of Sri Ranganatha that one can see even today residing along with Lord Malola in the Golden Mandap of Sri Ahobila Mutt.
The eightneeth Jeer left this mortal world for the eternal world of Lord Narayana at the Dasavatara Sannidhi on a Krishnapaksha Ekadasi day of Aadi month (corresponding to 1735 CE). He decorated the Peetham for a short but significant period of one year and six months.
His invocative verse (Taniyan) is as follows:
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SWATI ANNA DAANAM
The temple arranges Anna Danam every Swathi, (the birth star of Lord Narasimha) for one and all.
Amongst all Daanams, Anna banks Daanam is considered most superior. Devotees desirous of participating in this noble deed should do so by contacting the temple office for necessary details. This month’s Anna Danam will be 26th January
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He is possessed of great strength which distinguishes Him from other agents who are always in need of external assistance. Because of this strength He is never fatigued though engaged in unlimited activities. He stands firm on His own greatness and does not stand in need of external support. He bears all things without effort like His ever-blossoming splendor which can never be checked.
He is Maha-buddhih (possessed of great knowledge) to refute the school of thought which holds the view that the cause of the world is not omniscient. This omniscience of the Supreme Being is with reference to all objects far and near, in all places, at all times and of all nature. It is true because it is not doubtful or erroneous. It is also eternal because it is natural to Him and not tainted by pain, It is not effect of Karma or desire. It does not stand in need of eye and other instruments of knowledge. If He uses His sense organs, it is because of His free will. He is lotus-eyed and the hearer of what is pure and faultless He may use His eyes to see and ears to hear. Nor is there any restriction that the roopa (form), rasa (taste) and the like can be cognized only by a particular sense –organ since He can do al things by all sense-organs. It is well known that the serpent amongst the creatures sees and hears with the eye alone. If that is the case (with the beings of lower strata how will it be impossible for the Omnipotent God to do it?
Bhagavan has the quality of great virility by virtue of which He remains unchanged though there may be a cause for change. This quality distinguishes Him from milk and other things which became transformed into curd etc. Like the smell os the Agru (tree) the ruts of animals, musk flowers etc. He produces boundless effects byHis presence or by His virility. It is by a tiny part of this quality that the minds of the great Yogins are steady and do not get distracted.
The name Maha-sakthi signifies that He has immense power to be the material and sentient cause . This power brings about the production of all things at all times, whether there are helpful accessories or not; it is capable of putting into use all the means; it is capable of putting into use all the means; it is capable of changing the Prakriti which has been assumed as part of His body. When the capacity of insects like spider and others to be not only the sentient cause but material cause also is undisputed, how can this power of an omniscient Supreme Being be a point of dispute? The change that is going on in Pradhaana (Primordial Matter), curd, milk etc. every moment, is due to to a particle of this power of Bhagavan.
The name Maha-dyutih indicates that He has a great splendor which distinguishes Him from other causes in the world which stand in need of assistance and that He does not require such help. This efflugence is opposed to darkness (ignorance) both inner and outer and it is fascinating for those who are well-disposed and frightful others. The lusture in the Sun, gem etc. is but for a small drop of this.
By the use of the adjective ‘mahat’ (great) in these six names (173-178) it is indicated that these qualities produced by a tiny part innumerable actions great and small and the remaining parts remain unused since there is no scope for further action; and like the great rivers that flow towards the ocean carrying with them the excessive waters, these qualities shine in the Bhagavan who is unlimited.
To be continued
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