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Volume 2, Issue No. 10

January, 2017

 

Sri Balaji Bharati

(A monthly Newsletter from our Temple)

This newsletter is issued with the Divine Blessings of His Holiness Srimad Azhagiyasingar

Andal Thirukalyanam

 

 

The grand finale of Dhanur Masa (Margazhi) month – Andal Thirukalyanam would be held in our temple on 13th Jan.

On that the there will be Thirumanjanam for Utsava moorthies of Lord Balaji, Ubhaya Nachiyar and Sri Andal in the morning around 8.00 AM.

The Andal Thirukkalyanam will  be held in afternoon from 4.30 PM  onwards.

 

15th Avatara Utsavam (20 January,2017 - Friday)

The 15th Avatara Utsavam of our temple will be celebrated in a grand manner on 20th  January 2017. On that day, the  Visvaroopa Seva will be held at 6 AM, followed by 108 Kalasha Abhishek for Moola Murthy of Lord Balaji and Utsava Moorthi of Lord Balaji, Sridevi, Bhudevi, Padmavati Devi, Lord Lakshmi Nrusimha, Nammazhwar, Periyazhwar and HH 45th Jeer who established this temple. This  will be followed by divine feast for all devotees. In the evening  a grand Kalyana Utsavam for Lord will be conducted.

Also,   a special program named Thiruppavai Arngam  for children will be held in the evening. The aim of the program is to encourage children and youngsters to delve in our grand spiritual and cultural heritage.

Annakoota Utsavam (29 January,2017 – Sunday)

 

Annakota Utsavam of Lord Balaji would be celebrated on 29th Jan. between 6 PM to 8 PM during which Lord will be offered Raj Bhog and Maha Aarati. This will be followed by Anna Dan for all devotees. Devotees are requested to attend this Utsavam in large numbers and obtain the blessings of Lord Balaji.

Special Sevas

 

 Following special sevas are being conducted in our temple

àSahasra Deepa Alankara Seva wherein Lord Balaji and his consorts gives darshan on a swing in a special Mandap decorated with 1008 oil lamps. This seva would be usually  conducted on first Sunday of every month. This month due to other programs it will be held on 22nd January.

 

à Phulangi sevas (decoration of deities with various flowers) have been introduced for benefit of Devotees. Every month Phulangi Seva for various deities would be conducted as follows in the evenings (This month due to various programs some of the dates have been adjusted , and they are in given bracket).

First  Friday of each Month : Sri Padmavati Devi (27  January)

Swati Nakshatra of each Month : Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha (26 January)

Last Saturday of each Month : Sri Balaji ( 28 January)

à Netra Seva  is conducted every Thursday evening ( 5.00 PM onwards)

à Ashtadala Padamarchana Seva  is conducted  every Saturday evening

 

January, 2017

Durkmukhi Panchang

Margazhi

 

01.01.2017

 

07.01.2017

 

 

08.01.2017

 

 

11.01.2017

 

 

12.01.2017

 

13.01.2017

 

Thai

14.01.2017

 

 

15.01.2017

 

 

16.01.2017

 

17.01.2017

 

 

 

 

18.01.2017

 

 

19.01.2017

 

22.01.2017

23.01.2017

 

26.01.2017

 

 

27.01.2017

 

28.01.2017

 

29.01.2017

 

 

Sravanam

 

Nachiyar Thirukolam

Pagal Patthu Satrumurai

 

Sri Vaikunta Ekadasi

Ira Patthu Utsavam Begins

 

Kudarai Vellum 108 Tada Utsavam

 

Pournami

 

Andal Thirukkalyanam

 

 

Thai Month Begins

Pongal – Makar Sankranti

 

Kanu / Mattu Pongal

Go Pujan

 

Sri Andal Abhishek

 

Sri Padmavati Abhsihek

Ira Patthu  Concludes Azhwar Thiruvadi Thozhal

 

Sri Kurattazhwan Thirunakshatram

 

Sudarsana Abhishek/ Homam

Sahasra Deepalankara Seva

Ekadasi

 

Sri Nrusimha

Abhishek / Anna Danam

Sri Nrusimha Phulangi

Sri Padmavati Phulangi

Thai Amavasai

Sri Balaji Phulangi

 

Annakoota Utsavam

             

 

 

SUDARSHANA HOMAM

 

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.

 

 

PANCHA PARVAS

 

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

 

Sri Ramanujacharya : Life & Works

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On returning to Srirangam, Sri Ramanuja went to Sri Periya Nambi’s residence and explained to him in detail what transpired at Thirukkotiyur. Periya Nambi was overjoyed. He then advised Ramanuja, “Now that you have begotten the rare gems of knowledge of the great mantras, it’s time you approach Thiruvaranga Perumal Araiyar who can bless you with some hidden nuggets of knowledge of our Sampradya and the Thiruvoimozhi.”

 

Sri Ramanuja immediately accepted the command of his Guru and approached Thiruvaranga Perumal Araiyar. Araiyar also accepted Sri Ramanuja as his disciple. From then on for a period six months Sri Ramanuja learnt at the feet of Thiruvaranga perumal Araiyar performing various  services to him.

 

One day, Sri Ramanuja prepared a turmeric paste himself for Sri Thiruvaranga Perumal Araiyar’s bath. On seeing this offering from Ramanuja, Araiyar was moved by the devotion of Sri Ramanuja towards him. Araiyar said, “Oh Ramanuja ! You have captured me and everything that I have by your dedication and devotion. I shall share  the nuggets of knowledge given to me by my Guru Sri Alavandar, which I treasure the most,  with you.”

 

So saying, Thiruvaranga Perumal Araiyar  said, “Know then, that Gurus  or Acharya on earth are God Himself visible in that form.Our Sastras hence proclaim :  The Guru is Parabrahman Himself; is one’s real wealth; is the Object of love, and our Refuge. He is our wisdom and the way. Who preaches a Saviour, is the Saviours”

 

He continued . “Know God who is asleep (in Srirangam), is the Guru awake. God invisible and moving. The Gurus bring messages of God. They are God’s mouthpieces. Through them, God chooses to teach mankind. Look upon the Guru then as God Himself in earth. Look upon him as Sri Madhurakavi Azhwar  looked upon Sri Nammazhvar as Lakshmana looked up Lord Rama and how Shatrugna looked upon Bharata.  From the mantras and the meaning that the Gurus teach us one would get all fruits in this material world as well as the ultimate salvation beyond this world. With Blessing of ones Guru one can get all the purusharthas. This is  the crux of Alavandar’s teaching!”

 

Sri Ramanuja thus learnt  this special teaching of Alavandar and all of the Thiruvaimozhi from Thiruvanga Perumal Araiyar. After completing  his  studies under Araiyar, Ramanuja went back to Sri Periya Nambi and reported his learnings to him.

Sri Periya Nambi was pleased and then advised Ramanuja, “ Oh Ramanuja ! You must now proceed to learn to study the detailed meanings of Thiruvaimozhi under Thirumaalai-Andan, another disciple of Alavandar who has expertise in this field.”

As directed by Periya Nambi, Sri Ramunja sought  Thirumaalai Andan’s  acceptance to teach him the detailed  meanings of Thiruvaimozhi. Thirumaalai Andan agreed readily. From then on, Sri Ramanuja began to attend the  lecture (Kalakshepam) on meanings of Thiruvaimozhi by Thirumaalai Andan on a regular basis.

 

During one of these lectures,  Thirumaalai Andan started explaining the  verses of  second hundred’s third Thiruvaimozhi (decade). As he strated explain the third pasuram (Thiruvaimozhi 2.3.3) “Ariyakaalathu Ulle..”,he said, “In this verse Azhwar says during says when I was Ignorant ,you have me knowledge of my relationship to you but then you bound me in this mundane body.”

On hearing this Sri Ramanuja remarked, “Sire ! that can’t be the meaning.” Then added quickly, “If you consider the trend of the whole decade (Thiruvaimozhi 2.3), it is an acknowledgement of all the manifold god that Lord has done for Nammazhwar. That being the trend this one verse cannot be a complaint about God. If we transposition the words is the verse we can get the meaning : While I was confined in this mundane world being ignorant you gave me the knowledge of my relation with You, Oh God!”

Thirumaalai Andan  recounted this incident when he chanced to meet Sri Periya Nambi and Thirukottiyur Nambi during Thirukttiyur Nambi’s visit to Srirangam. To Thirumalai Andan’s surprise, both Sri Periya Nambi and Thirukkotiyur Nambi told him they have indeed heard such an explanation from Sri Alavandar himself !

“Ramanuja indeed is has special spiritual connection with our great Acharya Sri Alavandar! No doubt he would fulfill all his unrealized wishes!”, they concurred.s

 

 

 

-To be continued

 

 

 

 

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Sri Vishnu Sahasranama

 

  1. Maha-balah :- He of immense strength

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.

 

  1. Maha-buddhih :- He of infinite knowledge

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?

 

  1. Maha-viryah :- He of great virility.

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.

 

  1. Maha-saktih :- Of immense power

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.

 

  1. Maha-dyutih :- He of great speldour

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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