வழுத்தூர் ஆண்டவன் ஸ்ரீமத் வேதாந்த ராமானுஜ மஹா தேசிகன்
Vazhuthur Andavan-VEdhantha Ramanuja Maha Desikan
Thirunakshatram: Aavani PoorattAdhi
GOpaala dEsika pathaabhja madhuvrathasya
Pragnyaa virakhthi karuNaa muKHa sath guNaabhDHe:
VEdaantha lakshmana munE sritha BHaagha DHEyam
Paadhaara vindha yugaLam sharanam prapadhyE
Vazhuthur Andavan - was born in the month of Avani with Pooratadhi as his nakshathram in the tamil year Rudrothkari ( 1744-1745 AD) to Srinivasachar in Vazhuthur.
He took sanyAsam from the then Paduka Sevaka Ramanuja Maha Desikan, and became a fitting successor to Sri Thirukkudanthai Desikan with the name Srimad VEdhantha Ramanuja Maha Desikan also called as Vazhuthur Andavan and lived in a small hut on the southern bank of coleroon doing sidhantha pravachanam at srirangam.
Many bhagavathas became sishyas of Srimath Vazhuthur Vedhantha Ramanuja Maha Desikan during these pravachanams. It is told that Sri Gopalarya Maha Desikan blessed Vazhuthur swamy that "Neeray num sampradhaayathai Aala vandha Andavan" meaning you alone are going to guard, rule and spread our sampradhaayam". From that day he was known to be called as Vazhuthur Andavan and sampradhaayam was called as Srimath Aandavan Asramam Sampradhaayam.
From Him, sampradhaayam spreaded through his disciples to many branches. Prominent among them are as follows:
- Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Desikan - Thiruthuraipoondi Andavan also known as Vilakkudi andavan (Andavan asramam)
- Annarya Maha Desikan - also known as Navalpakkam Swamy who was in gruhasthasramam spreading sampradhayam at Thirukkudanthai, Thiruvaheendapuram and Navalpakkam.
- Vangipuram Vedhantha Ramanuja Maha desikan (Aandikadu Swamy in Srirangam)
Through these 3 acharyas who were sishyas of Srimath Vazhuthur Andavan, the sampradhaayam has spread to a very great extent like a big banyan tree. In the next Chapter, adiyEn will continue with the history of achAryAs starting with Srimath Thirutthuraippoondi Andavan.
Srimath Andavan Thiruvadi
Perungadambanur Parthasarathy Sreenivasan
(of Besant Nagar,Chennai)