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Sri Ranganatha Padhuka Sahasram

PADDHATHI #11: The Lord strolls with the Paadukas on

Ekadasa Paddhathi





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Sloka #291

291. rangEshvarENa saha lAsyavishEShaBhAjO lIlOchithEShu thava rathnashilAthalEShu maDhyE sThithAni kathichinmaNipAdharakshE! saBhyAn vishEShamanuyOkthumithi prathIma:

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Manipaaduka! Lord Ranganatha engages Himself in a ravishing sport of walk, on the congenial stage of gem-studded floors and steps. You too dance with Him. Your help now and then appears to make the viewers enjoy the dance-sport and comment so that You could get the feedback from the viewing connoisseurs.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

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Sloka #292

292. nithyam padhAvani! nivEshya padham BhavathyAm niShpandhakalpaparimEyaparicChadhAni shrungArashIthaLatharANi Bhavanthi kAlE rangEshvarasya lalithAni gathAgathAni

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! The Lord places His Feet in You at the appropriate time and walks, keeping the umbrella-chamara-like paraphernalia to be still, so that He can engage Himself in a graceful amorous sport with You, in a relishable manner to all viewers. This becomes a constant feature.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 292:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE!Out of the abiding passion that Ranganatha has for You , He reduces the movement of the fans and umbrellas used in His service and strolls very leisurely to enhance the enjoyment of the union with you.It appears as though He does not want any distractions during these occasions.

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! On special occasions , Your Lord adorns you and moves around elegantly . During those times , His servants swing the umbrellas very rapidly . Inview of the speed , the umbrella looks as though they are stationary .One of the movements of the Lord as He is taken around (sanchAram ) is known as oyyAra Nadai .

3). This slokam deals with the "gathA-gathAni" ( the coming and the goings) of the Lord on the back of the Paadhukais. They are delightful (lalithAni) to watch and are steeped in cool srungAra rasam ( seethala-tarANi-srungara-mayaani)V.S

- SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -

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Sloka #293

293. BhOgArchanAni kruthiBhi: parikalpithAni prIthyaIva ranganrupathi: prathipadhyamAna: pashyathsu nithyamitharEShu paricChadhEShu prathyAsanam Bhajathi kAnchanapAdhukE! thvAm

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! Fortunate people cause to perform many elaborate worships for the Lord purely out of love. Such acts are accepted by the Lord, when He accepts the paraphernalia in successive steps; this is by design. But He wears You in each asana worship.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 293:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! When RanganAthA observes His annual festivals and goes around the streets of Srirangam , You provide Him with transportation services. His procession is stopped at number of places to permit people to offer the traditional six-part upachArams as tokens of their homage. Although the umbrella and fans serve RanganAthA during these processions , it is only You that the people consider as the preferred object of their six-part worship. They appear to thank You this way for bringing their Lord to them.

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! When the Lord moves around on the streets of Srirangam , the bhakthAs longingly look at Him. They present You in every one of the six aasanams as upachAram . While the umbrella and other upachArams wonder why they have not been presented to the Lord , the Lord adorns You always. He never parts with You .

3). Oh Golden PaadhukE! Among all the paricchadhams ( upachAra vasthus) presented by the blessed bhakthAs of Your Lord for His bhOgam as a part of the six aasanams during His sanchAram , He invariably picks You for His enjoyment over all the others ..V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #294

294. anthasthruthIyanayanaI: svayamutthamAngai rAvirBhavishyadhathirikthamuKhAmbujaIrvA nyasyanthi rangasikasya vihArakAlE vArakramENa kruthinO maNipAdhukE! thvAm

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Manipaaduka! Blessed achievers they are, who formally present You to Lord Ranganatha at the respective asana worship, during His graceful transit! They are verily Siva (with the third eye veiled) or Brahma (with three more heads to be generated!). (They are equal to Siva and Brahma)

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 294:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! During RanganAthA's times of stroll, those who carry You on their heads bring You to Him for enabling such strolls . Those who carried You on their heads reach the pre-eminent status of BrahmA , RudrA and Other distinguished Gods. They present You to RanganAthA according to their assigned schedules.

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! Few PuNyasaalis carry You on their heads to Your Lord as per their turn and place You at His sacred feet. During that time of carrying You on their heads , they attain the status of exalted bhAgavathAs like Sivan or Brahma Devan .

3). Here Swamy Desikan describes the transformation in the faces of the fortunate ones , who have the duties to carry the SatAris of the Lord on their heads for presentation to the Lord for His sanchAram. Swamy Desikan states that they sport then the third eye or three more heads to symbolize their equality of status that they have attained with Lord Sivan and BrahamA respectively.

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #295

295. rangEshvarE samaDhirUDavihangarAjE mAtangarAjaviDhruthAm maNipAdhukE! thvAm anvAsathE viDhruthachArusithAthapathrA: svargoUkasa: suBhagachAmaralOlahasthA:

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Manipaaduka! When Lord Ranganatha enjoys Garuda-utsava, the Devas will attend on You, bring You on the back of their elephants with large white umbrellas and with white chamaras being wafted in respect; they stay through to perform homage to You.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 295:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! When RanganAthA mounts on the back of GarudA for His festivals, the residents of heaven such as IndrA and his entourage seat You on the back of IrAvadam , the white elephant and offer You fan and umbrella service with steady hands . You follow Your Lord , while Seated on the back of IrAvadam during those occasions.

2). A beautiful scene is visualized here by Swamy Desikan during the SanchArams of the Lord . Some times the Lord travels on the back of Garudan ( VihangaraajE sathi SamadhirooDa: ) ; at those times , the devAs (svargousa :) place You on the back of IrAvadham (the white elephant of Indran) and perform chamara and umbrella kaimkaryams to YouV.S

- SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -

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Sloka #296

296. viShNO: padham gathivashAdhaparithyajanthIm lOkEShu nithyaviShamEShu samaprachArAm anvEthumarhathi DhruthAmaKhilaI: surEndhra: gangA kaTham u garudaDhvajapAdhukE! thvAm

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! How can Ganga be comparable to You?-Ganga originated in the Lord's feet but left the source; it will flow less on high plateaus and more on low-lying ground; it was borne on the head by Siva alone, whereas You are perennially with the Lord's Feet, You know no high or low but are equal to all, and You are borne on head by all.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 296:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here , Swami Desikan points out that those , who wear the Lord's Paadhukai (SatAri) on their heads attain an auspicious state, which is superior to taking snAnam in the holy GangA. He says: " Oh PaadhukE of the Lord having Garudan on His flag ! Ganga was born from the feet of Your Lord . After that origin , GangA lost connection with the Lord's feet and descended on earth. You are superior to GangA in sacredness in many ways although both of You have intimate association with the Lord's feet. In contrast to GangA , You are forever associated with Your Lord's holy feet at all times of His travel . GangA only originated from His feet and distances herself as she flows on Earth. In contrast to GangA , You rest equally on every one's head independent of their status , age or qualifications. GangA however rests only on SivA's head .

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! PerumAL always adorns You during His sanchAram . You show the same depth of affection to one and all . There is however a difference between You and GangA inspite of the fact that both of you have the sambhandham of the Lord's Thiruvadi . She flows with different speeds in low ground and high ground. You on the contrary display Your affection evenly on every one independent of their rank or age or gender.

3). Oh Lord's PaadhukE ! Gangai will never match You in impartiality. She alters Her flow frequently based on whether She is flowing at a high Or low altitude. You on the other hand has sama-prachAram ( equal Gait ) , when it comes to blessing everyone irrespective of their rank or kulam V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #297

297. BhikshAmapEkshya dhanujEndhragruham prayAthu: gupthyai gavAm viharathO vahathascha dhUthyam thatthAdhrushAni charaNAvani! rangaBharthu: thvathsangamEna suBhagAni vichEshtithAni

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! During Lord Ranganatha's activities, whether He was going to the asura king Mahabali for begging or He was roaming in Gokula behind cows or He proceeded on a messenger role (to the Kauravas), His role was happy and graceful-because He has been wearing You all through.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 297:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PadhukE! RanganAthA begged for three feet of earth at MahA Bali's sacrifice without shame. He had a lowly occupation as a cowherd in BrindhAvanam during His avathAram as KrishNA . He became a messenger also and visited the court of the hard-hearted DuryOdhanA . All of these lowly and disreputable deeds of Your Lord have been transformed into meritorious deeds worthy of adoration , thanks to His connection with You.

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE !All the deeds of the Lord , which may be classified lowly ( herding cows , begging MahA Bali for three feet of land et al) became noble because of His adorning You during those occasions.

3). Oh PadhukE ! The strange and lowly deeds of Your Lord such as asking bhikshai from MahA Bali, herding cows and serving as a messenger for PaaNdavAs got elevated to a noble status due to Your sambhandham with Him (Rangabharthu: vichEshtithAni thvath sangamEna SubhagAni )V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #298

298. nirvyajyamAnanavathALalayapraThimnA niryathraNEna nijasancharaNakramENa mrudhnAsi ranganrupathErmaNipAdhukE! thvam dhuKhAthmakAn praNamathAm dhurithaprarOhAn

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! During Your proceedings, the gait reveals clear beat and rhythm. The walk is continuous and unhindered. You destroy the sin-sprouts which would otherwise bring grief. This will be forthcoming to those who have surrendered unto You.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 298:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! Befitting Your role as protector of RanganAthA's feet , You have many gaits characterized by different time beats and pauses corresponding to His dances . During the time of Your assistance to Your Lord to perform the various dances , You step on the sins of those , who worship You and destroy those sins without fail . This compassionate act of Yours is similar to destroying the thorns down to their roots by dancing on them .

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! PerumAL wears You and has His sanchAram with great joy. Those who are blessed to See these sanchArams may be great sinners. Inspite of that , the bhAgyam of seeing such a blessed sanchAram destroys all their sins to the very root .

3). Swamy Desikan explains beautifully the sanchArams of the Lord on the back of His beloved Paadhukais. The glory (prathimnA ) of that sanchAram is in complete unison with time beats (laya suddham). These sanchArams are without any faulty steps ( niryanthraNa nija SanchAram ). Through those exemplary steps , the paadhukais destroys thoroughly all the paapams of the fortunate beholders..V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #299

299. nithyam ya eva jagathO maNipAdharakshE! satthAsThithiprayathanEShu param nidhAnam sOpi svathanthracharithasthvadhaDhInavrutthi: kAvA kaThA thadhitharEShu mithampachEShu

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Manipaaduka! The Lord, who is the Prime Cause, at all times, for the creation, sustenance, and termination of the world, Who is independent and not answerable to any one else, that Lord Ranganatha has His movements dependent on You. What have we to do with the mediocre ones-when Lord Vishnu Himself looks to You?

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 299:

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhaavam: Here , Swami Desikan answers the question on Paadhukai's superiority over other Gods in granting boons to those , who worship them . He says: " Oh Gem-bedecked PaadhukE! RanganAthA is responsible for the birth , growth and the dissolution of the Universe .He has thus proven that there are no gods or principles that are superior to Him and thus qualifies as the fundamental force that drives this universe . It appears however that there is one exception to His unquestioned superiority. In so far as the supremely independent RanganAthA is dependent on You for His transport , You are superior to Him. He is controlled by You in His movements.

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! Even Your Lord , who controls and commands all the universes and its beings is under Your control. If that were to be so , what can one say about Your lordship over all the others ? They certainly are under Your full Control .

3). Swamy Desikan says that the mighty Lord , who is responsible for the creation of the Universe ( Jagatha: SatthA ) , its safe being ( sthithi) , its functioning ( prayathanam) and who is totally independent of any one and any thing ( svathanthra charitha :) is fully under Your control (TvadhIna vrutthi : ) . If the Lord Himself is under Your control , what can one speak of those Who are at the other end of the power spectrum ? ( TadhirEshu mithampachEshu kaa vaa kaTA ?)V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #300

300. nirviShtanAgashayanEna parENa pumsA nyasthE padhE thvayi padhAvani! lOkahEthO: svargoUkasAm thvadhanuDhAvanathathparANAm sadhya: padhAni vipadhAmapadham Bhavanthi

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! When the Lord rises from Adisesha couch and sets His Feet on You for the sake of the world welfare, the Devas follow behind as retinue; it is only thereby that their offices could become free of any toppling!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

Slokam 300 :

1) Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam : Oh PaadhukE! When RanganAthA woke up from His rest on AdisEshA and united with You for responding to the pleas of the devotees , You carried Him quickly to all the sites , where the devotees were assembled. The positions of the devAs were protected from their enemies at the very moment , when Your journey started. Those devotees , who followed You got rid of all the dangers that loomed ahead of them without any efforts on their parts. Such is Your glory!

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! PerumAL was resting on AdhisEshA. He left that comfortable bed and engaged on SanchAram on Your back to protect the world and its beings . DevAs followed Him in these sanchArams. Their status got protected as a result .

3). Oh PaadhukE! Your Lord placed His feet in You for sanchArams to protect the world from dushtAs ( Loka hEthO: thvayi padhE nyastha : ). What happened next ? The DevAs ran after the Lord moving swiftly on Your back. They were joyuous in running after the Lord and Yourself Carrying Him ( Tvath anudhAvana tathparA: ). What happened to their ranks and positions as they were engaged in the act of running after You and Your Lord ? They were protected from any harm that might arise due to their absence from their seats ( SvargoukasAm padhAni sadhya: vipadhAm apadham bhavanthi) V.S

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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