Sunday, January 29, 2012

                      Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Yesterday I had the opportunity to be in Poundarikapuram Asramam, Srirangam, to take part in the 3 day function in connection with the Asramam Sweekaaram function of Sri U.Ve.D Rajagopalachariar Swamy. The main function is on 30/01/2012.But yesterday preliminary functions was held and I took out movie clips of some important events of the same. In the early morning Maalai Mariyaadai from Srimath Andavan has been specially brought from Chennai by Sri Eytex Rajagopal and presented reverentially to the new Swamy, who was present Dhampathi Sametharaai. Perumal and Paduka aaraadanams were carried out by Asramam aaraadakars and Theertha Prasaadams were received by hundreds of devotees assembled there.

Thereafter Homam and other functions started the details can be visually seen in the attached youtube movie clips. Please enjoy viewing. Poundarikapuram Asramam , Srirangam, Event on 29/01/2012--- Part 1 Poundarikapuram Asramam Srirangam, Event on 29/01/2012--- Part 2 Poundarikapuram Asramam Srirangam, Event on 29/01/2012--- Part 3

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Invitation from Srimad Andavan Poundarikapuram Swami Asramam

                   Invitation from Srimad Andavan Poundarikapuram Swami Asramam
Please find attached the invitation
Srikaryam of Srimad Andavan Poudarikapuram Swami Asramam invites devotees to attend the Asramam Sweekaaram function of Vidwan Sri U Ve Rajagopalachariar Swami on the morning of 30th January, 2012. I am pleased to attach the invitation made out for that occasion for information to all
R Srinivasan

Invitation from Sri Andal Tiruppavai Mahothsava Sabha

                          Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Andal Tiruppavai Mahothsava Sabha has sent the attached invitation for the 22nd Tiruppavai Mahothsavam and Naachiyaar Tirumozhi Tiruvizha. This is being held for 4 days starting from 7th Feb., 2012, at Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam, Discurses by eminent Ubhaya Vedantha Vidwans during the day time and carnatic vocal music performances in the evenings.

R Srinivasan

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Significance of Kalyana Uthsavam

                                         Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
“Mangalyam tantunanena Jagath rakshana hetuna:
kanthe badhnami subhage lokanam mangalam kurum||”
The above shloka aptly conveys the very purpose behind the Kalyana Mahotsavam of Lord . The sole purpose of Kalyana utsavam is the protection and prosperity of the world. Everyone from THE LORD AND HIS CONSORTS , the Archakars and the devotees, with single minded focus, channel their thoughts to create global harmony. Yes, The lord and His consorts too are in this list since they,by the means of Kalyana utsavam , explicitly declare their intentions to the hordes of believers and non believers that they too, the ever most divine and loving parents are all attention to the slightest need of us,their children.
Tirumala Hills (seven hills) situated at Tirupati, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, is the abode of Lord Balaji (Sri Srinivasa Bhagavan). It is one of the most sacred & precious places among 108 Divya Desams (sacred Sri Vaishnava kshetras) in India.
It is said, “ut” means grief & “savam” means to remove it – hence performing or participating in a celestial wedding of Lord Balaji removes all difficulties. The name Kalyanam itself bestows all sorts of goodness (subham). The Kalyanotsav of Lord Balaji who is Pratyaksha Bhagavan in Kaliyug has the power of leading mankind to the right path and ultimately to salvation
Srivari Kalyanotsavam is performed to the utsava murti - Lord Sri Malayappa swami (instead of the main deity) and his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. A purohit conducts the marriage and an archaka is consecrated to perform other rituals on behalf of the bridegroom. The wedding ceremony is held according to Vaikhanasa Agama rituals and starts with the Panchamurthi Puja. This is followed by recitation of Vedic mantras and pronouncing the family pedigree of the brides and bridegroom. The idols of the Lord and his brides face each other with a thera (screen) in between them. After the priests perform appropriate homas, the bridegroom and the brides are allowed to see each other at the appropriate auspicious moment as the screen is removed. This is followed by Mangala sutra dharana, Thalambralu and then Lord and his consorts are garlanded.
This seva is not performed on important festivals like Srivari Brahmotsavam. Pavitrotsavam, Pushpayagam etc. and on the days of solar and lunar eclipses. The duration of the seva is about one hour. Previously each ticket entitled two people; nowadays each ticket entitles only one person to attend this arjita seva and they are awarded one silver Pendant (2 grams), one big laddu, one vada, one vastra bahumanam (Cloth Gift consisting of one silk Uttariyam for gents and one cotton blouse for ladies), along with Lord's akshantalu ('sacred rice' used for blessing). At the conclusion of the seva, the ticket holders are also sent for the darshan of the main deity in the sanctum sanctorum.
The practice of Kalyana utsavam started in 1536 AD when Tallapakam Tirumala Ayyangar conceived the idea of celebrating the marriage festival of Lord Malayappa swami and the ceremony was conducted over five days in the Tirumamani mandapam.
Paancharatra aagamam prescribes an elaborate procedure for Thirukkalyanam. All the elements of marriage in our marriages are taken from what is prescribed for Emperuman Himself. We are just listing a few things followed by the children in this Thirukkalyanam :
  • Bhoota shuddi , Dwadasaksharam – assuming an aprakrutha shareeram by archaka for doing the Thirukkalyanam.
  • Shataksharam, Manasa aaradhanam
  • Bakyaham – Pathara sthapanam
  • Vishvaksena aaradhanam, Punyaha vachanam
  • Bhagavad anugnya, Rakshabandhanam
  • Mangalya pooja – aavahanam of SriDevi on Thirumangalyam with Srisooktha japam
  • Thiruvadi alambudhal , Pidi sutri podudhal
  • Maalai maatral,Agni Prathisthtai and 16 upacharams to Perumal and Thayar
  • Honey,milk,curd and Ghee samarpanam
  • Aachamaniyam, alankara aasanam, Dhoopam, mai idudhal, thilakam, Vasthra, Gandham, Akshadhai, Divya parimala pushyam, Darpanam ( mirror on which SriMahalakshmi aavahanam is made is shown to Perumal)
  • Bhojyasanam, Argana paneyam
  • With the completion of the Thiruvaradhanam, Purushasooktha homam and Svishtakrit havanam was conducted . Them Emperuman was adorned with Brahma sootram i.e a set of poonal. Following this was Mangala shatakam, Vasthra daranam, Maha sankalpam and Thaitriyaupanishad parayanam.
  • Then Emperuman did His abhivadanam ( yes just as we do) which is called Pravara Vishayam.
Finally the Thirumangalya dharanam with chanting “ Mangalyam thantunanena” and the Lord ties the divine knot to his consorts.This was followed by Sapthapathi and other post-Thiumangalya ceremonies. Then comes the Thengai uruttal (during Anandyanana kalam not done owing to the restriction) with recitation Vaaranam aayiram. Next comes the Shanthi Homam and Poorna Aahuthi.
Aasheervadam is the final act in the Thirukalyana Mahotsavam.
Daily 7.30 pm to 9 pm
20 jan 2012 Fri SRI ANDAL KALYANAM
VENUE - Sri Balaji Mandir Hall, Dombvili
@ Kalyan Sports Club,
Adharwadi Chowk,
Birla College Road, Kalyan West.
Programme – 26th January, 2012, Thursday:
8.00 am Receiving Sri Balaji & His two consorts at Durgadi Killa with Poornakumbam. Proceeding to Kalyan Sports Club Hall
8 to 12.00 Darshan of Sri Balaji
& 2 to 4.00
4.00 pm Annamacharya Kirtan / Bhajan at the Stage
4.30 pm Sri Sridevi & Sri Bhudevi samedha Sri Balaji proceed to Kalyanostav Stage
6.00 pm Kalyana Utsavam
9.30 pm Departure for Pune
Sri Krishna Sabha


(for srivaishanava boys & girls)
On 26th January 2012
Time ; 3 P M to 6 PM

Diamond Garden)Registration
: latest by 22 January 2011 @ 6 PM
Received from Sri Rangaraj Ramaswamy in andavanyahoogroups

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

                              Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam Calendar for Thai Month

Ashramam Panchanga Sangraham—Thai Month, by Our Ashramam Srikryam Swamy, Sri U. Ve. Vaduvur Verravalli Desikachariar.

15/1/2012, Sunday Thai Maasa Pirappu, Hastham,Uththaraayana Punya Kaalam begins. Makara Sankaranthi, Pongal Pandigai, Tiruppavai Sathumurai-- Auspicious time for Pongal Paanai is between 7 00 to 8 30 AM.

16/1/2012, Monday Chithirai-- Kannuppongal-- Kanuppidi auspicious time between 6 30 to 7 30 AM

19/1/2012, Thursday Sarva Ekadasi

20/1/2012, Friday Dwadasi, Maha Pradosham

21/1/2012 Saturday Srimath Periandavan Kainkaryam

22/1/2012 Sunday Thai Sarva Amavasai

23/1/2012 Monday Sravana Vratham

30/1/2012 Monday Ratha Sapthami, Srimath Chinnandavan Kainkaryam

03/2/2012 Friday Sarva Ekadasi

05/2/2012 Sunday Maha Pradosham

07/2/2012 Tuesday Pournami

09/2/2012 Thursday Thai Magam, Tirumazhisai Azhwar Tirunakshatram

11/2/2012 Saturday Thai Hastham, Kooraththazhwan Tirunaksharam

13/2/2012 Monday Maasi 1, Maatha Pirappu

14/2/2012 Tuesday Maasi 2, Ashtaka Sraadhdham

15/2/2012 Wednesday Anvashtakaa Sraadhdham

18/2/2012 Saturday Vaishnava Ekadasi, Srimath Kaadanthethi Andavan Kainkaryam
19/2/2012 Sunday Maha Pradosham

R Srinivasan

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Article appeared in TAMBRAS magazine, Jan.2012

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Subject: Wonderful Editorial by Shri N.Narayanan

அன்பார்ந்த சகோதர சகோதரிகளே!


தற்போது பல்துறை நிபுணர்கள், கவலை தெரிவிக்கின்ற அம்சமாக இருப்பது நல்ல படிப்பறிவும், நுண்ணறிவும் உடைய மாணவ, மாணவிகள் ஆரம்பகட்டத்திலேயே நிறைய சம்பளம் கொடுக்கக்கூடிய IT துறையிலேயே பணியாற்ற மிகப்பெரும் எண்ணிக்கையில் செல்வதால் இந்த தகுதியுள்ள மாணவ மாணவிகளின் பங்களிப்பு IAS, IPS போன்ற துறைகளில் மிகவும் குறைந்து கொண்டே வருவது பற்றித் தான். IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS போன்று 54 துறைகள் உள்ளன. அதே போன்று அடிப்படை விஞ்ஞான ஆராய்ச்சியில் (Basic Science Research) ஈடுபடும் தகுதியுள்ள மாணவ மாணவிகளின் எண்ணிக்கையும் குறைந்து வருகின்றது, இதற்கு கணிதமும் விலக்கல்ல. 26.12.2011 அன்று சென்னையில் கணித மேதை ஸ்ரீநிவாச ராமாநுஜனின் 125-வது பிறந்த நாள் விழாவில் கலந்து கொண்ட பாரத பிரதமர் டாக்டர் மன்மோகன் சிங் அவர்களும் இந்த விஷயத்தை குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார். இந்த விஷயத்தில் நாம் நம்முடைய இளைய தலைமுறையினரிடம் கலந்துரையாட வேண்டும். நல்ல கருத்துக்ளை எடுத்துச் சொல்லிட வேண்டும். நமது இளைய தலைமுறையினர் IT துறைக்கு மட்டும் செல்லுகின்ற கண்மூடித்தனமான அணுகுமுறையை கைவிட வேண்டும். அதே போன்று வெளிநாடுகளுக்கு செல்லுகின்ற, செல்ல விரும்புகின்ற நமது பெண்களின், பிள்ளைகளின் மோகமும் குறைக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

பெற்றோர்களின் அணுகுமுறைகளிலும் ஓர் மாபெரும் மாற்றம் கொண்டு வரப்பட வேண்டும். அவர்கள் சில யதார்த்த சமூக, சமுதாயக் கடமைகளை மறந்து விடக்கூடாது. பிராமண சமூகத்தினரை பாதிக்கின்ற இன்னொரு பெரிய விஷயம் நமது பிள்ளைகளுக்கும், பெண்களுக்கும் கல்யாணம் செய்து வைக்கின்ற விஷயமாகும். திருமண விஷயத்தில் ஆண்களுக்கும், பெண்களுக்கும் எண்ணிக்கையில் இருக்கின்ற ஏற்றம் இறக்கம் நமது பிள்ளைகளின் திருமணத்திற்கு பெரும் தடையாக உருவாகி வருகின்றது. நமது பாரம்பரியத்தின்படி கல்யாணம் என்பது ஆண்-பெண் சம்மந்தப்பட்ட விஷயம் மட்டுமின்றி இரு குடும்பங்களும் இணைவதும் அதில் முக்கிய பங்கு பெற்றிட வேண்டும். இன்றைய தினம் தமிழகத்தில் 32 வயதுக்கு மேல் 45 வயதிற்குள் இருக்கக்கூடிய மிக அதிக எண்ணிக்கையிலான பிராமண இளைஞர்கள் கல்யாணம் செய்து கொள்ள முடியாமல் தக்க வாழ்க்கைத் துணை கிடைக்காமல் அவதிப்பட்டு வருகின்றனர். தாம்ப்ராஸ் தலைமை அலுவலகத்திற்கு வருகின்ற தகவல் அடிப்படையில் நோக்குவோமேயானால் திருமணத்திற்கு பெண்களை வைத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் பல பெற்றோர்கள் பொறுப்பற்று திருமண விஷயங்களை கையாளுவதாகும். திருமணம் புரிய உள்ள பிள்ளைகளின் பெற்றோர்கள் அவர்களை அணுகினால் சிலர் மரியாதையுடன் நடத்துவதில்லை என்றும் தெரியவந்துள்ளது. மிகவும் சில பெண்களின் பெற்றோர்கள் பெண்களின் மாதாந்திர வருமானத்தை குடும்பத்திற்கு பயன்படுத்தும் நோக்கத்தோடு பெண்களின் திருமணத்தை தள்ளிப்போடுகின்றனர் என்றும் தெரியவந்துள்ளது. Marriage as a system is facing a major crisis.

இன்றைய சூழ்நிலையில் நம்முடைய மாணவ மாணவிகளுக்கும், இளைஞர் இளைஞிகளுக்கும் ஓர் தவறான மனப்பான்மையினை நமது சினிமா கதைகளும், தொலைக்காட்சி தொடர்கதைகளும் மற்றும் ஏனைய ஊடகங்களும் உருவாக்கி வருகின்றன. ஒவ்வொரு இளைஞனும், ஒவ்வொரு இளைஞியும் அவசியம் Normal லான இளைஞர் / இளைஞி இல்லை என்கின்ற மனப்பான்மை செயற்கையாக உருவாக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றது. இது நமது பாரம்பர்யத்தை வேரறுக்கும் தன்மை கொண்ட ஒன்றாகும். தற்போது ஒவ்வொரு குடும்பத்திலும் ஒரு திருமணமாவது பிரச்சனைக்குரிய திருமணமாக, புயலடித்து தாக்குகின்ற தன்மையினை உருவாக்கி நிறைய குடும்பங்களின் பெற்றோர்கள் மன உளைச்சலுக்கும், கௌரவக் குறைவிற்கும், அவமானத்திற்கும் ஆட்படுத்தப்படுகின்றனர்.

தமிழ்நாடு பிராமணர் சங்கம் நம் சமூகத்தினரின் இந்த முக்கியமான வாழ்வு பிரச்சனையில் சரியான அணுகுமுறையினை கையாண்டு சமூகத்திற்கு ஆறுதலையும், தேறுதலையும், ஆதரவினையும் நல்கி, பக்கபலமாகவும், தக்க துணையாகவும் பல சேவைகளை செய்து வருகின்றது. இரு குடும்பங்ள் இணையும் நல்ல நிகழ்வாக, சுபமாக, சோபனமாக, மங்களகரமாக, லக்ஷ்மீகரமாக "திருமணங்கள்" அமைந்திட பெற்றோர்கள் தாம்ப்ராஸ் இயக்கத்தை எந்த நேரத்திலும் அணுகலாம். தாம்ப்ராஸின் சேவைகளை நமது சமூகத்தினர் இன்னமும் அதிக அளவில் பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

அனைவருக்கும் எனது சங்கராந்தி / பொங்கல் நல் வாழ்த்துகள்

உங்கள் அன்பு சகோதரன்,

N. நாராயணன், மாநிலத் தலைவர்
தமிழ்நாடு பிராமணர் சங்கம் (THAMBRAAS)
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From the Editorial of Shri N. Narayanan ( நரசிம்ஹதாத்தாச்சாரியார் நாராயணன்) published in the January 2012 issue of THAMBRAAS Magazine
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Karnataka Sri Vaishvite shrines, pictures

Sri V K Rajagopalan has toured Karnataka Sri Vaishnava Temples and he has taken some excellent photographs of them. I am taking the previlege in posting to our Ashramam Blog spot, for the spread of information to all of you.
R Srinivasan


With God's grace & Poorvacaryaa's Anugraham we had darshan of many vishnu temples in and around Mysore.

Kengal Anjeneyaswamy(Bangalore-Mysore Highway)

Ramar at Kengal

Kalkunte Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Kolar district.
Kalhalli - Sri Bhoo Devi Sametha Pralaya Varaha Swamy Temple
Thondanur - Sri Nambi Narayana Swamy Temple
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Doddamallur- Sri Apprameya Swamy Temple- Report by Sri V K Rajagopalan

Doddamallur - Aprameya Swamy Temple
About 60Kms from Bangalore, on the Mysore - Bangalore Highway (one mile from Channapatna), the tall tower of a famous temple peeking through the swaying coconut palms seems to beckon your attention. The highway road sign identifies the place as Mallur Agrahara. The curious traveler who pulls over to explore this tower, would have reached the temple of Lord Aprameya, His Consort Aravindavalli and the renowned ‘Ambegal’ Krishna.
This is a Divya Kshétram and a Punya Bhoomi. The verdant greenery, Punya Theerthams, the temple complex and its āvaranams all provide for an atmosphere conducive for religious piety.
“MALLUR” has an interesting story to its name. Sārangadāra, a King, had his limbs amputated by his enemies, who threw them in the Nirmala river, which flows near this place. Though suffering from immense pain, he chanted the Bhagavath nāmā incessantly and approached the temple where he was blessed with a darshan of a Divya Jyothi. With the Lord’s bountiful grace, his limbs grew back to their original form. “Growing” in Tamil is “Mulaithathu” and since Sārangadāra’s limbs grew back, this Kshétram got its name ”MULAITHOOR” (Tamil) and as time passed , “Mulaithoor” became today’s “Mallur”.
This sthalam is also referred to by other names in our ancient sacred texts, a few being:
Sri Aprameya swamy Temple is a very ancient structure. Some historians date it back 3000 years, but local historic documents date it not less than 1500 years. There is evidence that this temple existed even before Lord Ramanuja’ s Digvijayam in Karnataka and it will not be a surprise if it was built much before Lord Ramanuja’ s Birth. There is a written document preserved to date, which mentions the Kainkaryam of lighting Nanda Deepam to Lord Aprameya in the year 980. This is a proof of the temple’s existence in that period.
Legend has it that Lord Rāma stayed here, in Dakshina Ayodhya, for many years and during this time, he worshipped Lord Aprameya. Hence Lord Aprameya is also known as Sriramaprameya. Lord Rāma also performed Homams and other rituals in this place and even to this day, there are remnants of the structures where he conducted the Yagnams. In kshetram Mahatmiyam Kandam of Brahmanda Purana there is a description of Lord Aprameya in twelve chapters.
The specialty of the temple is it is standing on sand and not on any solid foundation. It appears from the style of construction of the temple, that it was expanded during the regimes of certain kings who ruled Mallur in the past.
Standing outside the temple, one can see the towering and beautiful Raja Gopuram. Built in the dravidian architectural style, one finds sculptures from the Dasa Avataram adorning the side walls (Madal) of the Raja Gopuram. The Maha Dwaram is 30 feet high. Opposite the Maha Dwaram is the tall Deepa Sthambam made from a single stone which vies with the Maha Dwaram in height, at 30 feet. Facing the Rajagopuram, is the Purandaradasa Mantapam, a tribute to the composer of the famous krithi “Jagadoddharana Adisidalu Yashoda” which immortalizes his ecstasy on seeing the Navaneetha Krishna here, for generations to come.
This is the sannidhi of Sri Aravindavalli Thāyar. As Goddess Maha Lakshmi was born in a Lotus flower in Vishnu Theertham (to the North West of the temple), she is known as Aravindavalli. She is seated in the Padmasana posture on a Lotus. Thāyar is giving darshan with her chaturbhujams, holding Lotus flowers in the two upper hands and blessing devotees with two hands in Varadha and Abhaya postures. In the same Sanctorum you will find idols of Sri Andāl Thāyār and Sri Desikan.
As you proceed to the North Western ramparts of the temple, the next Sannidhi you see is that of the renowned Lord Navaneetha (Thavazrar/ambegal (crawling)) Krishna. This Krishna figures in a lot of Purānas. It is believed that Sage Vyasa did the Prathishta of this Vigraham. This lovely, adorable Krishna Vigraham depicts Him in a crawling pose, holding his favorite butter in his right hand. It appears as if Lord Krishna is crawling towards you to invoke the maternal instincts within you, compelling you to spontaneously shower your love on him. His face is like Poorna Chandra Bimbam, his doe-like eyes are very attractive and the curly locks of his hair are a sight to behold. This Neela Megha Shayma is crawling on a Garuda Peetam. He is adorned with a lot of jewels like amulets, chains, necklaces and anklets. He flaunts his Pulinagam (Tiger Claws dollar) as if to show off his prowess while the priests make sure he wears it to avoid Kan Dristi Dosham from his many devotees ogling at his boundless beauty! While drinking in this lovely sight, you may think you heard the jingling of bells from the cord he wears around his waist and the gorgeous anklets adorning his tender ankles, as he crawls closer to your heart!!
His beauty inspired Purandara dasa to compose the popular krithi “Jagadoddharana Adisidalu Yashoda” when he visited this sannidhi. The delicious Navaneetham he is holding in his right hand is no ordinary butter but Gnyanam (self realization) shaped like a butter ball. Parandhāman is willing to share this precious treat with you, if only you ask him for it, with a true mind. Another boon that this God is famous for granting is the gift of children to those who need it. The loads of silver and wooden cradles in the Sannidhi offered by people desirous of begetting offspring stand testimony to this fact.
You are now in the divine presence of the majestic looking moola moorthy of Lord Sri Aprameya made of Sāligrāma Shilā. It is an ancient Idol of the Lord.’ Prameyā’ means measurable quantity, Aprameyā means immeasurable and since his mercy is of immeasurable quantity, he is called so
His two upper arms are holding the Shanka and Chakra and in the lower two arms are the Gadhā and Padma in the Abhayahastam mudra. The Shukanāsika Mantapam houses Lord Aprameya’s Uthsavar in a sandal wood Mantapam. He is bedecked with jewelry. This Uthsavar is a replica of the Moolavar and is extremely beautiful. Uthsavar is accompanied by Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi thāyars. The Divine trio are accompanied by a Uthsavar Moorthy of Lord Ramanuja and it appears as if he is doing Kainkaryam to the Trinity.
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Doddamallur Aprameyaswamy Temple

Sri Aravindavalli Thāyar

Shri Ramanujar

Swami Desikar

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