Prabhandam & Slokas

Yathiraaja Vimsathy – Introduction

Sri Manavaala Maamunigal’s Yatiraja Vimsati is a moving sthOthram, which came in to being as a result of  the  request of  Manavaala Maamunigal’s Acharyan to  Manavaala Maamunigal to compose a sthOthra grantham on AchArya RaamAnujA. At that time,  Manavaala Maamunigal was a grahasthar and had the name of Azhagiya MaNavALa NaayanAr. He was the trustee and administrator for the special temple built by his AchAryan, ThiruvAimozhi piLLai. NayanAr’s devotion  to  RaamAnujA  was  so  transparent  that  his  AchAryan  requested  his  sishyan  to compose an  eulogy in  Sanskrit for  RaamAnujA, whose nine Sri  Sookthis are  in  Sanskrit. NaayanAr composed a deeply moving sthuthi on RaamAnujA’s glories and his own naicchiyams. NaayanAr begged for RaamAnujA’s grace in a heart rending manner. NaayanAr’s AchAryan was so moved by the reverence of his sishyan for RaamAnujA displayed in the Yatiraja Vimsati that  he  began to  address his  dear  disciple from  then  on  as  YathIndhra PravaNar or one who is an authority on the glories of AchArya RaamAnujA.

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Sri YathirAja Vimsathi of Sri MaNavALa MaamunigaL (Manavaala Maamunigal), a salutations to AchArya RaamAnujA has 20 verses. Those who heard the slOkams of Yatiraja Vimsati were profoundly moved by the depth of reverence of NaayanAr.

One of them composed a Taniyan in Tamizh for Yatiraja Vimsati

VallArgal VAzhttum kurukEsar tammai manatthu vaitthu
sollAra VAzhttum maNavAla nAyaNAr tonDar kuzhAm
yellAm tazhaikka yethirAsa vimshati yEnRu alitthon
pullAravinthat tiruthAl  iraNDayum pORRu nenjE

MEANING

Remembering  the  greatness  of  NammAzhwAr,  who  is  worshipped  by  all  AasthikAs, MaNavALa NaayanAr paid his heartfelt tribute to RaamAnujA so that all of his own disciples could prosper. NaayanAr gave birth to YathirAja Vimsathi and presented it to us as his special gift. Oh My Mind! Please pay homage to the sacred feet of NaayanAr, which are like a pair of fully blossomed lotus flowers.

Another sishyar of   Manavaala Maamunigal has described the sweetness of Yatiraja Vimsati putting to shame the taste of grape juice and excelling the delectable taste of honey; he has compared the slOkams of Yatiraja Vimsati as a veritable, cool cascade of nectar.

THANIYAN FOR YATIRAAJA VIMASTHI

यः स्तुतिम्  यतिपतिप्रसादनीं

व्याजहार यतिराज विंशतीम्।

तम् प्रपन्न जन चतकाम्बुदं

नौमि सौम्यवर यॊगि पुङ्गवम् ॥

yaH stutim  yatipatiprasAdanIm
vyAjahAra yatirAja vimSatIm|
tam prapanna jana catakAmbudaM
naumi saumyavara yOgi pungavam ||

MEANING:

AdiyEn salutes the Sowmya vara Muni (Manavaala Maamunigal), who composed the Yatiraja Vimsati to delight the heart of RaamAnujA. Manavaala Maamunigal is the nectar of moon’s rays  (food) for  the  PrapannAs taking the  form  of  saathakA birds  (it  is  believed that  the SaathakA birds exist on moon’s rays alone as their food and reject everything else).

This taniyan equates the PrapannAs to the SaathakA birds insofar as the PrapannAs live only by the grace of Sri RaamAnujA. It is implied that the PrapannAs do not need to go anywhere else for their succor and survival and that Sri RaamAnujA’s sacred feet are their upAyam and upEyam for salvation.

Soruce: Sri Oppiliappan Koil Sadagopan Swami

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