Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar’s Upanyasam on Godastuti at Desikan Thirumaligai, Thiruvahindrapuram

U.Ve Devanarvilagam Paruthipattu Vangipuram Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar rendering Upanyasam at Desikan Thirumaligai, Thrivahindrapuram

As a part of the ongoing celebrations of the 750th birth anniversary of Swami Desika the astikas of Thiruvahindrapuram had invited Sri.U.Ve.Dr.S Padmanabhachariar, Srikaryam of Sri Ahobila mutt on the 15th of August 2018, to deliver an upanyasam on Sri Godastuti, an excellent stuti on Goda piratti by Swami Desikan.



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

The recording is not of a much sophisticated quality as it was an open ambience and also it rained heavily in the middle.

Swami has verily nicely given the gist of each of the 29 verses in the given one hour 15 minutes duration.

The link to the recording of the upanyasam is as below:


It was a memorable experience for adiyen to have had darshan of Lord Devanathan and his consort Hemambujavalli Thayar, Lord Hayagreevan and Swami Desika in the presence of adiyen’s Guru after the upanyasam was over.



Sri Varadaraja Panchashat – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Sri Varadaraja Panchashat is one of the most mellifluous stotras composed by Sri Vedanta Desika on the Lord of Kanchi, Sri Varadarajan, also hailed as Devadhirajan, Devarajan, Perarulaalan etc, his ishtadevata so to say. There are 51 verses in all, most of them are composed in Vasantatilaka metre. He briefly describes in the first sloka how the Paramatma descends to Kanchi, also known as satyavrata kshetra in archai form. Then he begins his stuti proper by expressing his naichyanusandhana in the next 5 verses.

He then describes the beauty of the Lord in para, vyuha, vibhava, antaryami and lastly in the archa form. The glory of Lord Varadaraja, the description of his Brahmotsavam, the processions etc are all brought out beautifully in some of the verses. Swami even claims that he is not interested in moksha, i.e attaining Sri Vaikuntha instead continue to live in Kanchi enjoying the archanubhava.

Finally the 50th verse describes the archa form of Lord Varadaraja and the 51st verse, the final one, is phalastuti.

With limited intellect, adiyen has tried to give the meanings of the verses in Tamil in short recordings with some emphasis on Sanskrit so as to assist beginners to enjoy the anvaya and pratipadarthas.

The consolidated recordings of the audios are shared in parts.

The first part of the recording that contains the introduction and meanings of the first 5 verses is as below.


The second part of the recording that contains the meanings of verses from  the 6th to 11th is as below.


The third part of the recording that contains the meanings of verses from the 12th to 17th is as below.


The fourth part of the recording that contains the meanings of verses from the 18th to 23rd is as below.


The link to the fifth part of the recording consisting of the verses 24th to 30th is as below:


The link to the sixth part of the recording consisting of the verses 31st to 37th is as below:


The link to the seventh part of the recording consisting of the verses 38th to 44th is as below


The link to the audio of the final part that covers the meanings of verses from 45 to 51 is as below: