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:



Sri Gopala Vimshati – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Sri Gopala Vimshati is one of the 28 stotras composed by Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan. It has twenty one verses in all, the last one being the phalastuti. In the 20 mellifluous verses, Desikan brings out his anubhava of the beautiful form of the naughty Balakrishna that are rich in sabda alankara as well.

The link to the consolidated audio file of the introduction and the first seven verses is as below.

The link to the consolidated audio file of the next 7 verses – from the 8th to 14th is as below.

The link to the consolidated audio file of the last 7 verses – from the 15th to 21st is as below.



Sri Bhustuti – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Sri Bhustuti is a stotra in Sanskrit  by Vedanta Desika on Bhudevi or Bhumi piraatti as we hail her, who is one of the consorts of Emberumaan. It has 33 verses in all, most of them in the famous vasantatilaka vrtta or metre.

Referring to a few commentaries Adiyen has given the meaning of the verses in Tamil stressing upon the basics of Sanskrit that are required to enjoy the verse from a language perspective. The anvaya or prose order of the verse and the vibhakti or case endings of the words deployed in the verse are shared in the audio recordings.

The audio recording of the first part that covers introduction and the first 6 verses is as below.

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 7 to 12 is available in the link below

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 13 to 18 is available in the link below

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 19 to 25 is available in the link below

The audio recording of the meanings of last set of verses from 26 to 33 is available  in the link below





Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya’s Summer camp for kids – 21st and 22nd of May 2018 – an update

Namaste to all,

Group photo of the participants of Summer camp with Srikaryam Swami of Srimad Andavan Ashram and Sri E.S.Mukundan Swami, convener of the camp

Adiyen is very much pleased to share that with the grace of the divya dampati and acharyas, a two day summer camp for kids on ‘sampradaya’ was successfully organised by ‘Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya‘ at the ‘Samrakshana Yoga Kendra’, R.A.Puram on the 21st and 22nd of May 2018 with an overwhelming participation from all quarters! Adiyen wishes to offer pranams and dhanyavadas to Smt & Sri E.S. Mukundan Swami and his excellent team, the kids, their parents, sponsors and volunteers. There were 35 wonderful kids in all who participated in the two day camp.

A brief account of the activities of the camp is as follows:

  1. After registration of the participants, a tasty breakfast was served to the kids and volunteers.
  2. After the breakfast the program began at 9 am. Sow.Hiranmayee Sreeram sang a prayer and it was followed by a welcome  address by adiyen. The link to the video is as below:
  3. Sri U.Ve. E.S.Mukundan Swami, adiyen’s guru, gave his welcome address to the kids and gave an overview about the activities of the camp.
    Sri.E.S.Mukundan addressing the kids

    He divided the kids in to groups that were mentored by Sri.Mukundan Swami, Smt.Rama Mukundan, Chi.Prasanna Venkatesan, Chi.Aniruddhan, Smt.Divya and Smt.Radhika (the last four being students of Swami). Smt.Poornima Shyam also volunteered and guided the kids in story telling and skit presentation.

  4. The kids were taught stotras of Swami Desika like Kamasikashtam, Paramarthastuti, Sudarshanashtakam etc.

    One of the groups mentored by Smt.Rama Mukundan
  5. The mentors narrated incidents from Swami Desika’s life and the kids had to tell them in their own words individually. The link to the videos of some story telling session is as below:  The kids had to enact skits on some of the incidents from the life  of Swami Desika. The links to some of the skits is as below:
  6. Sri E S Mukundan Swami personally mentoring adolescent kids

    Sri E.S.Mukundan Swami personally mentored kids who were above 13 years of age on the nuances of life considering their adolescent age. Some of the points that he covered in an one hour plus talk were  – ‘what should be their priorities of life, how to handle difference in opinion with parents, how to convince parents in such situations, at other times give in to parents by understanding their situation, gratitude towards parents for all the difficulties, struggle they go thru for kids, how to interact with between friends from other gender, where to set the limits in friendship, not to get carried away by wrong ideas, not to succumb to peer pressure, keeping up the pride and respect of parents at all times , etc.

  7. Madhyahnikam

    The boys performed Madhyahnikam under the guidance of Sri.E.S.Mukundan Swami.

  8. Nice lunch was served – thanks to the sincere efforts of Smt.Ramya ably helped by Smt.Lakshmi and other volunteers.
  9. Srikaryam Swami of Srimad Andavan Ashramam giving his anugraha bhashanam

    After lunch the Srikaryam Swami of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashram, Sri.U.Ve.Vaduvur Veeraraghavachar, gave an anugraha bhashanam to the kids and interacted with them.

  10. A group photo was taken with the Srikaryam Swami and Mukundan Swami being seated in the middle.
  11. The kids were asked to write ‘rama-nama’ during their free hours in the camp and the kid who wrote maximum rama-nama-s was congratulated specially.
  12. In the afternoon the stotra learning was continued and the evening was wonderfully spent with bhajans. A short video of the bhajans is as below.
  13. After the bhajans there was a dance performance by students of Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya – a complete in-house production of our vidyalaya. Song written by adiyen, set to music and sung by Smt.Anusha, adiyen’s dharmapatni, accompanied on the violin by our daughter, Sow.Hiranmayee, and choreographed and performed by Sow.Padmasani, Sow.Pooja, Sow.Deekshita and Sow.Pavithra. The link is pasted below.
  14. The boys performed saayam-sandhyavandanam under the guidance of Sri.E.S.Mukundan Swami.
  15. Games time

    Some games were played to break the monotony and the kids enjoyed it.

  16. Dinner was served at the camp and the kids returned home around 8 pm and arrived at around 8 am for a delivious breakfast.
  17. The activities were repeated on the next day in a more or less same fashion.
  18. Towards the end of 22nd May the kids gave group recitation of the stotras learnt. The link to the video is as below:
  19. A valedictory function was organised to give away mementos to the mentors, sponsors and volunteers. The kids were given a certificate of participation along with a jute bag. The link to a short video is as below
  20. Sow.Vibha gave her feedback about the camp in an excellent manner. The link to the video is pasted below.
  21. A sumptuous meal was then arranged for everyone.
  22. The camp was enjoyed by one and all and a request has been places to repeat it every year.
  23. Two of the youngest participants reveling in their company

    Two of the youngest participants enjoying their company during the camp.

  24. Rest of the photos can be viewed in the below link:
  25. This camp was made possible by the kindness of many many noble souls. Adiyen’s anathakoti pranams to them.




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Sri Hayagreeva stotram – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

பரிமுகமாய் அருளிய எம் பரமன் காண்மின்

The meanings of the verses of Sri Hayagreeva stotram, composed by Sri Nigamantha Desikan, has been rendered  by adiyen in Tamil with a special focus on sharing the basics of Sanskrit. The recording is made available in four parts.

The link to the audio of first 6 slokas is as below:

The link to the audio of meaning of slokas 7 to 15 is as below:

The link to the audio of meaning of slokas from 16 to 24 is as below:

The link to the audio of meaning of slokas from 25 to 33 is as below:



Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam – set to music

Swami Desika – a pencil sketch by adiyen

The ‘Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam’ which was composed by adiyen and shared earlier has now been set to music – composed and sung by Smt.Anusha Sreeram, accompanied on the violin by Sow.Hiranmayee Sreeram (our daughter). To suit the composition which is a pancaratnam, five ragas have been chosen. The ragas are suddha saveri, revathi, brindavani, valaji and hamsanadam – all five being audava ragas – ragas that have five notes!

The link to the audio is

The link to the original post on ‘Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam’ is as below:

Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam – a stuti mentioning the names of Swami Desika’s 28 stotras

Dedicated to the divine thiruvadi of Kavitarkikasimham literally during our visit to Satyagala. My wife and daughter sang at the sannidhi of Swami Desika at Satyagala on 25th of April 2018. This picture is of the peepul tree (perhaps not the same tree, may be a new one planted in its place or an offshoot of the old one) on the banks of Kaveri under which Swami Desika is said to have done tapas during his 12 year stay in Satyagala.

SrImate NigamAnta MahAdesikAya namaH

Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan