Today, August 20, 2013; Vijaya Avani sravanam, is the 30th day of Chathurmasya vratham for HH 46th Srimath Azhagiyasingar, Srivan Sathakopa Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Maha Desikan.
As it was Rg-Yajur Upakarma (Avani Avitam) the devotees for Abhigamanam and SriSathari were not many. Arisi upma was the prasadam along with fruits offered to Malolan. At Dasavatharan Sannidhi Tirumanjanam was done to Swami Desikan. To talk about few of Swami Desikan’s upakarams would need several postings. With His Smaranam and the Smaranam of Srimath Mukkur azhagiyasingar we shall know who are the deities of our Swarna Mandapam. Srimath Mukkur Azhagiyasingar like Swami Desikan has left the legacy of simple stotrams to worship the deities in the mandapam. The Panchamrutham stotram goes thus: Pranamams to Sri Malolan, Sri Swarna Azhagiasingar, Mangalagiri Narasimhan, Kannan, SriRanganathan, Varadhan with Sri and Bhu, Srinivasan(with Lakshmi on His chest), Lakshmi with Selva(Chella)Pillai, Parimala Rangan flanked by Sri and Bhu, Lakshmi Varahan and BhuVarahan who make the twosome, Hayagreevan, Adhi Kesavan with Sridevi and Bhudevi, Chakrathazhwar, Aandal-Rangamannar, Rama with Seetha and Lakshmana, Aravamudhan, Salagrama murthis, Two Sri Satharis, Vishvaksenar, Nammazhwar, Kaliyan, Sri Bashyakarar, Vedantha Desikan, Srimadh Adhivan Sathakopan and other Srimadh Azhagiasingars. Those who remember and offer dandavath pranamams and chant these five slokas which are like Amrutham will receive all Abhishtams from Sri Lakshmi Nrisimhan.
Rg-Yajur Upakarma was observed with religious fervour at several places in SriRangam. Cauvery, Kollidam and Chandra Pushkarni were packed with grihasthas and brahmacharis changing their yaghyopavitham to the chanting of appropriate mantrams and accompanied by Homams. Brihaspathis were working continuously adressing several batches of devotees. At Sri Ahobila Muth (Uthra Veedhi) Sraavana homam was done. At Sathabhisheka Mandapam (Dasavathara sannidhi) all kainkaryaparas and others took part in the upakarma homan. Sannidhi Aradhakar swami obtained Mantrakshatai before commencing the Homam. Srimath Azhagiyasingar sat through the Upakarma homam and all participants received Mantrakshai after they offered their dandavath pranamams.