Sri Hayagriva Stothram – 11

Thuppul SrI Laksmi HayagrIvar
Thuppul SrI Laksmi HayagrIvar

In the eleventh slOkam, Swamy Desikan reveals that Sri HayagrIvan is of the form of PraNavam, which is the source of all letters and the underlying cause of the Universe.


Oh Lord HayagrIvA! This prapancham (universe) is made up of devAs, humans, animals,plants et al and divides in the form of agni, aakAsam, vaayu, jalam and bhUmi Tatthvams.They have to be created with the help of the VedAs, which in turn have many SaakhAs(branches or rescensions). These VedAs are like big trees with many branches. The principalroot for all these VedAs is the manthram celebrated as PraNavam. This PraNavam, which isrecognized as “yEkAksharam” is indestructible aksharam and is the foremost among letters(akshara maathrukA). The righteous ones correctly comprehend through Tatthva Jn~Anamthat You are the the PraNava svarUpi. They also understand You as the collection or assemblyof all the aksharams as well. They thus recognize that PraNavam (Yourself) is the source ororigin of all letters and VidhyAs.

Sri D.Ramaswamy Iyengar states that only those versed in Mantra Saastram can understand thefull meaning of the HayagrIva sthOthram in general and this slOkam in particular.

Swamy Desikan as Sarva Tanthra Svatanthrar had full command of the Manthra Saasthram andparticularly Sri HayagrIva Manthram to complete his avathAra Kaaryam of defeating avaidhikaMathams and to establish Sri VisishtAdhvaitham as the parama Vaidhika Matham.

His Satha dhUshaNi is a classic example for the abundance of salutations to the hEshA halahala manthra sabdham of Sri HayagrIvan. One comes across references to passages from SriHayagrIva SthOthram or the tatthvams behind the sthOthra Vaakhyams quite often in SathaDhUshaNi. Such Examples are in the following Vaadhams of Satha DhUshaNi: 1 (samAharasaamnAm –hEshA hala hala:, the third slOkam of Sri HayagrIva sthOthram), 9, 11, 14, 15, 18,19, 29, 34, 36, 38, 42, 43, 49 and 50. (SrI HayagrIva SthOthram from Satha dhUshani – mUlamand short explanation – is attached as a separate part later in this work)

Sri HayagrIva BhagavAn sat on the throne of Swamy Desikan’s tongue (JihvAgra SimhAsanam) and helped him to defeat all the contestants in the debates relating to Para Matha Bhangam.

AdiyEn concludes this slOkam with a prayer from Sri HayagrIva Abhigamanam (arrival) :

Sriman LakshmI Hayamukha vibhO svIkurushva-archanam mama
Srimath tEham charaNa kamalam samsrayan saadhu yaachE
Indhu: syandhAdhika subha sudhA saara rUpam thvadhIyam
rUpam chitthE lasathu mahitham sundaram sEndhiram mE


Oh Lord LakshmI HayagrIvA! Please accept adiyEn’s aarAdhanam and archanams. AdiyEn besseches humbly Your auspicious, lotus feet as my refuge! The lustre of Your roopam far exceeds that of the nectarine rays of the Moon. May the Majestic and the most beautiful roopam of Yours reside always in my mind!

Please add PraNavam in front of the following 15 Sahasra Naamams of Sri LakshmI HayagrIvan:

(PraNavam) Sarva VedamayAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SumukhAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SuddhAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SuroopAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SugadhAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SudhiyE Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SuvruthayE Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SamvruthayE haya VadhanAya Nama:
SoorAya haya VadhanAya Nama:
SutapasE Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SuhrudhE haya VadhanAya Nama:
SundarAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SubhagAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SoumyAya Haya VadhanAya Nama:
SucharithrAya Haya VadhanaAya Nama:


To be continued…


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