106th Thirunakshathra Mahotsavam of Sri Thirukkundanthai Andavan

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The 106th Thirunakshathra Mahotsavam of Srirangam Srimath Andavan Sri Vedanta Ramanuja Mahadesikan (Thirukkundanthai Andavan) will be celebrated on Pushyam Thirunakshatram on April 1, 2012, Sunday at Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam, Mylapore and other branches.

Updated videos from 1st Apr Morning:

Panguni Pushyam–Srimath Tirukkudanthai Andavan Tirunakshatram

H.H. Sri Vedanta Ramanuja Maha Desikan @ Thirukkudanthai Andavan.
(1963 -1989 A.D.)

Named as Srinivasaraghavan by his parents he earned a popular name “Kannan Swami”. By his discourses in a mellifluous voice he was very well known throughout the country. It is no wonder that on his entering the fourth Ashrmam, the institution Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam got expanded beyond recognition. His Holiness travelled on foot the length and breadth of the country and attracted thousands of disciples.

Being a scholar in Nyaya and Vyakarana, He specialised in Alwars’ songs compendiously known as Nalayira Divya Prabandham. The mastery which he had over the subjects on which he rendered discourses namely, Srimad Ramayanam, Srimad Bhagavatham, Mahabharatham etc., was simply amazing. The way in which He used to quote from Divyaprabhandhams used to remind the listener the grandeur of the flow of a perennial holy river. Whether it was a Kalashepam or upanyasam, he used to intersperse them with witticism and simple similies which made even an uneducated listener understand easily the mose abstract philosophical tenets. He carried out repairs and renovations in several temples and donated several articles and jewellery to various temples.

He established an Ashramam Branch at Keezhnattham Village in Tirunelveli District and also Sri Vedanta Desikan Sannathi at Thirukkurungudi village

He had constructed two temples in Bangalore,at Jayanagar &Sripuram and one in Delhi. He established branches of the Ashramam in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh States besides several important towns in Tamil Nadu including the city of Madras (Chennai). He performed 26 Chathurmasyams.

He rejuvenated the monthly journal “Sri Ranganatha Paduka”. He created several charitable and educational trusts such as Sri Paduka Charities in Madras and Sri Ranganatha Paduka Vidyalaya Trust in Srirangam. The latter trust established an educational institution and started courses in Vedas, Divya Prabandanis, Sastras, Kavyas etc.,

When he realised that the Lord wanted him back in His abode, he gave sanyasam to Mysore Gopalachariar Swami who was a Srikaryam in the Ashramam and a year later left this mortal world.

106th Thirunakshathra Mahotsavam of Sri Thirukkundanthai Andavan, Sri Vaikuntanathji Temple, New Delhi

Thirunakshathra Mahotsavam of Sri Thirukkundanthai Andavan was celebrated in a grand manner at Sri Vaikuntanathji Temple, New Delhi. Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan established the temple at Sri Vedanta Desika Marg in Ber Sarai, New Delhi on Uttaratadi, Karthigai in 1972. [Moolavar is Sri Vaikuntanathar, Utsavar Sri Ranganathar and Thayar Sri Ranganayaki. Andal nachiyar is also present in the main sannidhi.]

During the 3-day thirunakshathra mahotsavam which culminated in a elaborate sathumurai today, parayanam of vedas and divya prabhandam took place. Thirumanjanam and purappadu of Srimad Thirukudanthai Andavan took place on all the three days. The following are some of the photographs taken during the three days…

For photographs and details of the Sri Rama Navami utsavam celebrated at Sri Vaikuntanathji Temple and other New Delhi temples on the same day, please visit http://anudinam.org/2012/04/01/sri-rama-navami-celebrations-at-delhi-temples/

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