Sri Devanayaka Panchashat – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

A view from the entrance of Sri Vedanta Desika Thirumaligai at Thiruvahindrapuram

Thiruvahindrapuram is one among the 108 divyadesams wherein Lord Sri Devanayaka presides over with his divine consort Sri Hemambhujanayaki in the shrine opposite the famous Aushadhagiri. The Lord is also known as  Devadhinatha or Deivanayakan (in Tamil). However His unique name is Natasatya (in Sanskrit) or Adiyavarkku meyyan (in Tamil) that glorifies His nature of being true to his devotees.

The kshetra assumes even more significance as the Acharya Sarvabhauma Sri Nigamantha Mahadesika did penance atop the Aushadhagiri and had vision of Hayagreeva murthi by chanting the Garuda mantra. He lived in this kshetra for many years. The house that He lived in stands even today (please see the picture atop this article) as a testimony and it has a well which the Acharya is said to have constructed with his own hands!

The stotra, Sri Devanayaka Panchashat, composed by Sri Vedanta Desika, contains 53 verses in all that glorify the form and qualities of the Lord Devanayaka. It also describes the punyatirthas among many other aspects about the kshetra.

Adiyen, with whatever limited intellect bestowed upon, has tried to render the meanings of the verses one by one with some emphasis on the basics of Sanskrit so that listeners can appreciate the beauty of the verses.

The link to the audio files in parts are as below.

The first part that contains the introduction and meanings of verses until the 6th verse is available in the link below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19IR606EV1X9DnHKMvSBGWiABYOBLSwtT

The rest will be updated as and when the recordings are completed.

DAsan

Sreeram.

Srimad-Rahasyatraya-Sara-adhikara-namavali – a metrical composition

Swami Desika – a pencil sketch by adiyen

Srimad Rahasyatraya Sara, considered to be the magnum opus of Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan, is a comprehensive work in manipravala, a mix of Sanskrit and Tamil, and is about the three rahasyas or mantras that are very central to the philosophy of Vishishtadvaita. There are 32 adhikaras or chapters in this work. Adiyen was requested by a bhagavata to compose a metrical work mentioning the names of those 32 adhikaras in anushthup metre (sloka metre) so that bhagavatas can easily memorise and remember them. There should be a work available already in this regard already composed by our poorvacharyas. Adiyen has also done one, whatever be its worth. The link to the document is as below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IclyoR1cFZANGRVBK7uk4JhbDnnFacNh

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Sreeram.

SRV’s Stotrapatha Ghoshti – Swami Desikan’s 750th birth year celebrations

SRV Ghoshti photo Swami Desikan 750th year Thirunakshatra celebrations

The 750th birth year Thirunakshatram of Swami Desikan was celebrated by Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya on the 21st of September 2018 with a stotrapatha ghoshti by its students and their parents – Madhavan Setlur, Srivallabhan, Abhinav, Amrit Narayan, Varshini, Aparajit Narayan, Deekshita, Madhavan L, Madhavan NS, Harshita, Hiranmayee, Padmasani, Pooja, Hrishikesh, Badri Narayan, Smt Lakshmi,  Sri Hari, Smt Ramya, Smt Anusha, Smt Sudha and Sri Lakshmi Nrsimhan.

The following stotras were recited by the students – Vegasetustotram, Ashtabhujashtakam, Kamasikashtakam, Paramarthastuti, Nyasadashakam, Godastuti, Sudarshanashtakam and Desika mangalam.

The link to the photos and videos of the event is available here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OokPE2oezH6J-_3CsxidJSxfC5qR0Otn

DAsan

Sreeram.