On March 27, 2014, Vijaya Varusha Panguni Thiruvonam; HH Srimath Azhagiyasingar Srivan Satakopa Sri Ranganatha Yatheendra Mahadesikan, participated in the Annamacharya Vardanathi at Tirumala. On this occasion, uthsavar Malayappa swami along with the Sri and Bhoo devi thayars had the unjal sevai at Padmavathi Parinaya Mantapam in Nayaranagiri gardens. Several well known artists sang the Annamacharya krithis in various ragas. Vardanathi observed on Palaguna krishna paksha Dwadasi Tallapakka is the day Sri Annamacharya asccended to Paramapatham. As Annamacharya performed his sarangathi with help of Srimath Adivan Satakopa Yatheendra Mahadesikan, He is associated with Ahobila Mutt. Srimath Azhagiyasingar participates in this every year and grace the occasion.
In his Anugraha Bashanam, HH said, ‘after the ThiruKalyanam of Srinivasa Perumal with Padmavathi Thayar, when Brahma invited Srinivasa Perumal to have Annaprasadam, the Perumal said, He would dedicate the prasadams to His “Ishta Kula Daivam” much to the astonishment of everyone. Then Perumal said, it is “Sri Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy” whom He admires as His favourite Lord for his divine affection to His devotees.’ HH said that is why the Azhwars praised Sri Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy as “Nigaril Pogalai’. Srimath Azhagiasingar complimented TTD for its religious, social welfare and other activities and also for observing an event like “Annamacharya Vardanthy” as a tribute to the great Saint Poet who created kritis in praise of Lord Venkateswara.
Some of the photographs taken during the occasion can be viewed below:
Photography by TTD and Sri Srivatsava