Padhuka Sahasram Avathara Utsavam was celebrated in a grand manner at Srirangam Dasavathara Sannidhi. On this occasion, Swami Desikan had beautiful alangaram and Thiruveethi Purappadu took place with arulicheyal and Parayana Ghosti. Many Bakthas participated and received the blessings of Swami Desikan.Paduka Sahasram, Swami Desikan’s amazing eulogy on Sri Ranganatha’s Padhuka’s, had avatharam in Srirangam. One evening when Swami Desikan was doing Sandhyavandanam on the banks of Kollidam (Vada Thirukaveri), a vidwan put up the challenge of composing 1000 verses about Lord Ranganatha within the span of one night. Swami the embodiment of Vinayam (humility) took the challenge as SriRanganatha aghya (command) and accepted the challenge. Swami Desikan completed the Magnificient Masterpiece in one yamam of the night. The vidwan decided to compose verses on Perumal’s Tiruvadi (feet), Swami Desikan an epitome of dasathvam chose something below namely the two padhukas adorning His Tiruvadi (feet). The vidwan created 300 slokams on SriRanganatha’s feet and this work is titled “Padha Kamala Sahasram.”. Swami’s “Sri Paduka Sahasram”comprising 1008 verses were offered at the feet of SriRanganatha and Periya Perumal blessed His devotee. All vidwans and scholars hailed Swami Desikan winner and we are the beneficieries.
The following are the photos taken during the Utsavam:
Courtesy: Sri Srinivasan