Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Two major events of Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam in the current month went through very well.
The first one was commencement of silver jubilee of (25th year ) of Chaturmasya Sankalpam of His Holiness Sri RangaRamanuja Mahadesikan.This was on Monday, 22nd July,2013
The second event was Mangalaasaasanam of His Holiness at Tiruvenkatamudayan Sannathi. This was on 23rd July, 2013.
I was fortunate to attend both the functions along with several hundreds of devotees assembled in the Hill station of Tirumala.
There used to be saying that 108 divyadesa Perumals were very much eager to have paasurams on them from Swamy Nammazhwar and in this age, Sri Tiruvenkatamudayan was very eager to the same thought , an Yatheeswarar to have His 25th Silver jubilee of Chaturmasya sankalapam at His abode of Tirumala. There was an earlier decision to have this years Sankalpam in Bangalore, but due to the will of Tiruvenkatamudayan, H H bowed to that and came to Tirumala. As the saying goes, H H is the first Achrayan ( other than Sthala Jeer Swamins ) to perform the Chaturmasya Vratham at the abode of Lord Srinivasan. H H has arrived Tirumala after doing Mangalaasaasanam of Thaayaar Sannathi at Tiruchanur and also Sri Govindaraja Perumal at Tirupathi
This is really major event in the history of our Ashramam and the devotees greeted with all enthusiasm and attended to the event in several hundreds, I will say that not less than thousand. This is reflected in the next day's event also, as more than thousand devotees paid Rs 300 for TTD tickets, to join H H while Mangalaasaasanam takes place.
On 22nd Morning, many of the male members are able to enjoy Jeer Sathumurai at the Temple and then assemble at Ashramam from 9 AM. Aradanams were over and theertha Prasadams, were given and Cahatari was administered. All of us missed Sri Krishnamurthy Aradakar,perhaps he could not make it due to his age and health conditions.
The Sanlapam function has started in the central hall of Ashramam complex, with Mrithsankraham, sankalpam was administered by our Srikaryam's representative, Sri Vaduvoor Govindachar. This followed by Tirmudivilakkam, which took an hour . During this time, a few Ubhaya Vedantha Vidwans gave short discourses on the importance of this vratham and that too in Tirvenkatmudyan Sannathi. Sri Kaniyambakkam Devanathachar started the session, followed by Sri Vaduvoor Veeraraghavachar, Sri Tirupathi Ranganathachar, Sri Natteri Rajagopalachariar, Tirupathi Sri Somayaji.
At this silver jubilee event, H H annonced the making of 4 more Asthana Vidwans. They are Kaniambakkam Sri Devanathachariar, Natteri Sri Rajagoplachariar, Villoor Sri Karunakaracahariar and Thayaar Sri Lakshmanachariar
I took some audio clips of the short discourses and I will upload separately.
After the Sanklpam , all had sumptuous thadheeyaaraadanam arranged by Ashramam, with house full for atleast 3 batches.
Let me release this much report now and I will follow it up with a second report tomorrow. Some photographs have already appeared in the yahoogroup mail, about Mangalaasaasanam. I have other pictures , which I am trying to upload separately.
On the whole, both the days functions went off well.