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 7th verse is available in the link below

The second part that contains the meanings of verses from 8th until the 15th verse is available in the link below

The third part that contains the meanings of the verses from 16th until the 25th is available in the link below

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