Pancha Samskara Utsavam at Madurantakam – The Day Swami Ramanuja Had His Samasrayanam

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Today, Tuesday, 10th September 2013 marks the Pancha Samskara Utsavam at Madurantakam Ramar Temple – Vaghularanya Shethram, near Chennai.  In the month of Avani, on the Sukla Panchami day, Peria Nambigal gave the Samasrayanam or Pancha Samskaram to Swami Ramanuja.

The festival is celebrated every year as the Pancha Samskara Utsavam at Madurantakam. This is the only place where Sri Ramanujar can be seen as a Grihastha (family man). Bakthas can see for themselves the Mandapam (which is within the precinct of the temple madil suvar) where the Pancha Samskaram was performed at this temple.

There are sequence of events today at  Madurantakam. The day begins with …

  •  Thirumanjanam for Sri Periya Nambigal & Sri Bhasyakarar
  • Mangalasasanam in all the Sannidhis
  • Panchasamskara Utsavam
  • Upanyasams by Vidwans.
  • Vidwath Sadas focusing on Sri Bhasyam; Bhagavat Vishayam
  • Pushpa-Pallakku Purappadu
  • Sattrumarai

Thirumanjanam will be performed at Sri Bhasyakarar Padhithurai at the Madurantakam Aeri. Sri-Easandan Sri-Bashya Bhagavath-Vishaya Vidwath Sadas happening for the 3rd consecutive year will be held, which is co-ordinated by Thirumalai Eachambadi S. Madhavan, who is also a theerthakar at this Temple.

SamAshrayanam means ‘to approach (AchAryA) with all sincerity’. In a nut shell, during ‘SamAshrayanam’, the AchAryA initiates a person, irrespective of caste, creed or sex, as his sishyA. It is a commitment from the disciple that he or she will live as per the wishes of the AchAryA. Thus the person gets the link to the Sri Vaishnava paramparA. During SamAshrayanam, Pancha SamskAram (five Purifications) is performed and he/she becomes a “Sri VaishnavA”.

This is a nicely written article about Pancha Samskaram: Pancha Samskara / Samasrayanam – A Dialogue

Some of the photos taken from the utsavam in the past can be viewed below
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Swami Ramanuja and His Acharyan Sri Periya Nambi
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The Mantapam and Tree where Swami Ramanuja had His Pancha Samskaram
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Sri Periya Nambi with Sri Sudarshanar
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Swami Ramanuja undergoing Pancha Samskaram
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Courtesy: Sri Cattangulathur S. Raghavan.

 Daya Nighnam Yatindrasya Desikam Purnamasrayea | Yena Visva Srjo Vishnoh Apuryata Manorathah ||

– Sri Periya Nambigal, Yathiraja Sapthadhi, Sloka – 9

Pranamam Laksmana Munih: Pratikrishnatu Mamakam | Prasadhayati Yatsuktih: Svadhina Patikam Srutim ||

– Sri Bhashyakarar, Yathiraja Sapthadhi, Sloka – 10

This is a nicely written article about Pancha Samskaram: Pancha Samskara / Samasrayanam – A Dialogue

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2 COMMENTS

  1. THIS IS SOME THING VERY DIVINE AND SPECIAL. SO MUCH ELATED TO KNOW THIS. ITS A NEWS TO ME. IT IS VERY MUCH INTERESTING TO NOTE OF THESE INTERSTING EVENTS WHICH HAPPENED MANY MANY YEARS AGO.
    ADIYEAN DASAN TRIVELLORE PATHANGI RANGARAJAN.

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