Srimath Adivan Sathakopan Thirunakshatra Mahotsavam at Melkote Sri Ahobila Mutt


Srimath Adivan Sathakopan Thirunakshtra Mahotsavam is scheduled to be celebrated at Sri Ahobila Mutt, Melkote on October 10, 2013. HH 46th Srimath Azhagiyasingar, Srivan Sathakopa Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Maha Desikan, will be present at Melkote at that time as part of the Sancharam. Sishyas and astikas in and around Bangalore and Melkote may make it convenient to participate in the utsavam and get the blessings of Srimath Azhagiyasingar and Srimath Adivan Sathakopan.

About Sri Adivan Sathakopa Yathindra Mahadesikan

Srimath Adivan Sathakopan is the first Acharyan of Sri Ahobila Mutt lineage. It is difficult to enumerate the upkarams done by the first Srimath Azhagiyasingar. Three of Perumal’s avatharas are considered Poornavatharas – Sri Narasimha, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. Compared to the other two, Sri Narasimha took avatharam and completed protection and destruction in a matter of hours. Yet Sri Narasimha avathara is Poornam. The Upanishadhic Sarvavyapitham (complete pervasiveness) is best illustrated in this Avatharam. Here the bhaktha is more glorified than Bhaghavan. Lovers of Sri Narasimhadeva however feel that enough has not been told about their beloved Lord. In answer to their prayers, He comes down as Srimath Azhagiyasingars who are always there to protect us and take us to Mokshanandam at the end of our life.

His first Anupravesham was on Siddharthi Purattasi Jyesta (1379 September) in the holy kshetram of ThiruNarayanapuram (Melkote) in Karnataka. HH was initiated to Sanyasashrama by Ahobila Sri LakshmiNrusimha who assumed the ochre robes and administered the Prekshamantram. HH was the first Srimath Azhagiyasingar with the Thirunamam Adivan Sathakopa Yathindra Mahadesikan.

Srimath Adivan Sathakopan, after accepting Malolan’s command at Sri Ahobilam, visited Azhwar Thirunagari with Sri Malolan only to discover that Nammazhwar’s Divyamangalamurthi was missing. Following Nathamuni’s footsteps, HH did 12,000 times chanting of Kanninum Siruthambu and found Nammazhwar’s Divyamangalamurthi. HH was called “Van Sathakopa Jeeyar” from thence. The Adi is from Adipiran and HH was called Adivan Sathakopa Jeeyar. Swami Nammazhwar gave the Hamsa Mudrai which is the official seal of Sri Ahobila Mutt. “Sri Sathakopa Sri” is how Srimath Azhagiyasingars put their signature. The prakrutam HH 46th Srimath Azhagiyasingar adorned the Hamsa Mudrai on 23rd May 2013 during His Pattabhishekam. Nammazhwar’s Hamsa Mudrai is the heirloom of Sri Ahobila Mutt which represents the symbolic assumption of the Azhagiyasingar mantle. Azhagiyasingars are accorded special maryadai at Azhwar Thirunagari during Nammazhwar’s Thirunakshatram celebrations in Vaikasi. Such then is our sambandham with Nammazhwar.

Among the many kainkaryams performed by Srimath Adivan Satakopan are

  • Swami Sri Desikan Sannidi and Raja Gopuram for Thirunarayanapuram temple
  • Steps for Tirumala
  • 100 pillar hall at Kanchipuram
  • Repair Srirangam wall
  • Dasavathara Sannidhi with Sannidhi for Thirumangai Azhwar
  • Swami Sri Desikan Sannidi opposite to Ranga Nachchiyar sannidhi at Srirangam

This Azhagiyasingar initiated Sri Manavala Mamunigal into Sanyasaasramam. HH Adivan Sathakopa Yathindra Mahadesikan was in asthanam for 60 years. HH attained Paramapadham in Bahudanya Chitra Krishna Ekadashi (1459).  His Brindavanam is at ThiruNarayanapuram (Melkote).

 Sri Adivan Satakopan Ahobilam
Write-up Courtesy: Smt Vyjayanthi Sundararajan; Photo Courtesy: Sri Veeraraghavan

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  1. The celebration of Srimath Adivan Sathakopan Thirunakshtra Mahotsavam is an important function and I am sure all asthikas from Mysore, Bangalore and other nearer places will attend the function and get the blessings of HH 46th Srimath Azhagiyasingar, Srivan Sathakopa Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Maha Desikan.


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