- SlOkam 103:
- SlOkam 104:
- SlOkam 105:
Sikharishu vipineshu api ApagAsu accha toyAsu
anubhavasi rasaj~na: daNDakAraNyavAsAn |
tat iha tadanu bhUtau sa abhilAsha: adya rAma
Srayasi vanagiIndram sundarIbhUya bhUya: ||
KUresar suggests a reason for Lord Raamacandran of Vibhavam chose TirumAlirumcOlai for His residence during His arcAvatAram.
Oh Raamacandra! You are a Parama Rasikan (rasaj~na). During Your avatAram days, You enjoyed many pleasures with Your PirATTi at CitrakUTam foothills, dense daNDakAraNyam forest and bathed in rivers with sparkling waters. You probably wanted to enjoy once again the mountains, the rivers and the forests based on Your previous experience and that is why You have taken on the arcAvatAram with the name of Azhagar and are residing at TirumAlirumcOlai.
During His vana vAsam with SitA PirATi, Lord Raamacandran enjoyed the stays at mountains like CitrakUTam, Prasravanam, Rshyamukham; He experienced the sights and sounds of forests like tADakA vanam, daNDakAraNyam, Madu Vanam; He bathed in the pristine streams of MandhAkini, GodhAvari and PampA. KUresar says that the Lord wanted to experience again His AnandAnubhavams of Vibhava avatAram and chose to stay as Azhagar in arcA form at TirumAlirumcOlai.
upavana tarushaNDai: maNDite gaNDaSailapraNayi
bhavadudantot gAyi gandharvasiddhe |
vanagiritaTabhUmi prastare sundara! tvam
bhajasi nu mrgayAnAnudrava SrAnti SAntim ||
KUresar gives another reason for Lord Raamacandran to choose TirumAlirumcOlai as His abode during arcai.
Sundara! TirumAlirumcOlai is adorned with sporting gardens full of shady trees (upavana tarushaNDai: maNDite). It has a big, round hill at the foot hills of TirumAlirumcOlai. The GandharvAs and siddhAs who enjoy singing about Your Vaibhavam assemble here. In the big rocks, animals (deer) like MaarIcan roam. Oh! SundararAja! You seem to have chosen TirumAlirumcOlai to remove Your fatigue from chasing MaarIca mAyA mrgam and fighting the vAnaram like Vaali and are now resting on the big rock at the foot hills of VanAdri (SrAnti SAntim tvam bhajasi nu?).
AzhvArs have asked such questions at different divya desams (Srirangam, TiruveLLUr et al) on why the Lord is reclining. Tirumanjana KaTTiyam asks also similar questions. KUresar does not stop at asking such a question but provides the answers here for the Lord’s choice of TirumAlirumcOlai as His preferred place of residence.
kUle abdhe: kila dakshiNasya nivasan dUrottarambhodhigAn
daityAn ekapatatriNA acchina iti iyam kimvadantI SrutA |
tatra eva ISvaram ambhasAm vyajyathA: tasmat vanAdrISvara!
SrIman! sundara! setubandhana mukhA: krIDA: tava ADambaram ||
In this Slokam, KUresar reveals a truism about Setu bandhanam by Lord Raamabhadran.
Oh Lord of VanAdri! SrIman! Sundara! We have heard that You stood on the shore of southern ocean at TiruppullANi (dakshiNasya abdhe: kUle nivasan) and aimed Your arrow at the adharmikAs residing at the far distant northern ocean shore and destroyed them with a single arrow (eka pata triNA acchina). You won over the King of oceans at that southern ocean shore (tatra eva ambhasAm ISvaram vyajayatA:). When we take into account all these heroic deeds, then Your efforts in building the dam across the ocean looks like a mere sport done for gaining fame (tasmAt tava setu bandhana mukhA: krIDA ADambaram kila?).
Oppiliappan KOil Sri Varadachari SaThakOpan Swami