Sri Poundrikapuram Srimath Andavan Ashramam Sri Vennatrankarai Andavan Thirunakshatra Utsavam



Sri Venatrankarai Andavan Swami Thirunakshatra Utsavam was celebrated in grand manner at Sri Poundarikapuram Srimath Andavan Ashramam , Srirangam. On March 27th 2016, in the evening around 3.00 pm Thirumanjanam was performed at Sri Vennatrankarai Swami Brindavanam. Grand satrumurai and sevakalam took place with arulicheyal and veda parayana ghosti. Many Sishyas participated in the Thirumanjanam and received the blessings of Acharya.

ஸ்ரீ பவுண்ட்ரிகபுரம் ஸ்ரீமத் ஆண்டவன் ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் ஸ்ரீமத் வின்னாற்றங்கரை ஆண்டவன் ஸ்வாமி திருநட்சத்திரம் 3 நாளும் வேத பிரபந்த கோஷ்டியுடன் வெகு விமர்சையாக நடைபெற்றது. ஸ்ரீமத் வின்னாற்றங்கரை ஆண்டவன் ஸ்வாமிகளுக்கு 27th mar 16 மதியம் 3 மணிக்கு திருமஞ்சனம் நடைபெற்றது.

The following are the photos taken during the occasion:

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Small Writeup About Sri Vennatrankarai Andavan By Sri Madhavakkannan Swami

(Followed by Photos taken during Acharya  Thirumanjanam and Thiruveedhi Purappadu)

Panguni anusham is the star of the divine Acharya – SRIMAD ANDAVAN ( SRI VENNATRANKARAI ANDAVAN ) predecessor to Prakritham Srimad Paravakkottai Andavan Swami whose TN (88th) is being celebrated on April 10th at Srirangam.

Swami Sri Vennatrankarai Andavan lived in our midst on this earth and made it holier from 19-3-1882 to 9-4-1980 (from Sri Anbil Ramaswamy Swami’s write up]

Sri  Velaamur  Varada  Krishnamachariar Swami belonged to Kalyana Puram near Tiruvaiyaaru. He married one Alarmel Mangai. Both the families were steeped in Vedic tradition.  The family enjoyed the patronage of Serfoji Raja of Thanjavur  on account of their deep dedication to Vedic tradition.

They lived in a  house  adjacent to Singaperumal Koil at Vennatran Karai whose praise has been sung by Tirumangai Alwar.  The  couple  was  blessed  with  a son in the cyclic year  ?Kara? in the month of Panguni  when  the  star  Anuradha  was in the ascendant.19th March 1882. At his birth,  he  was  named Seshadri. He received Pancha Samskaram from his father as well as the first lessons in Sama Veda from his father.

He was sent to Tiruvaiyaru Vembu Sastrigal and  (*Nagaraja Sastrigal), noted Sanskrit  Pandits  to  specialize  in  Sama  Veda,  Kavya, and Nataka.  Later, he studied and became proficient both in Yajur Veda and Divya Prabhandam. Qualified to  perform  yagnas,  he was an authority in Dharma Sastras and in the practical application  of  six  Sutras in daily life. He excelled in Goshti Parayana as he was endowed  with  a  rich  mellifluous voice.  At  the Sama Veda examination conducted  by  Pudukkottai Samasthanam, he was declared to have passed in second class  owing  to  the  partiality  of the examiner but when the Swami refused to accept  the  award contending the verdict, the Raja ordered a re-examination and found  him  to have passed in Ist class, by which he won the acclaim of the Raja and other Sanskrit pundits. He  married Janaki, then  only 7. (the  daughter of Kodavasal Ramabadrachariar and Ponnu kamalammmal) at the age  of  11. Sri Velaamur Srinivasachariar was greatly devoted to Sri Desika He was  chiefly instrumental in enabling Velliyanur Srimad Andavan to celebrate Sri Desika  Annual  festival  at  Neelamegha  Perumal  Koil. He gave to the temple a palanquin,  a  number  of  Vahanas  and  several  jewels.  These  festivals were conducted  by  him  with  great  devotion  out  of the family funds.

Even after becoming  an Acharya, he continued to evince keen interest in the proper conduct of  these festivals.  Today,  Srimad  Andavan’s  relations in Purvasramam still continue to celebrate Swami Desika Utsava with unabated interest and devotion. (Once,  when  participating  in  a  Yaga,  the Ritvik  in charge of Atharvyu was indisposed  and could not attend. Within one night, our Swami learned the entire Atharvyu  mantras  and  acted in  the place of the absentee Ritvik and completed the  Yaga  successfully.  Such  was his capacity to absorb and retain with razor sharp memory and perform the role with consummate skill.) Some  hostile  persons removed the idol of Swami Desika from the small shrine in Hara  Saapa  Vimochana  Perumal  Koil  at  Tiruk  Kandiyur. The father of Srimad Srinivasa  Maha  Desikan took the lead in  making a new idol and installed it in the empty shrine. Srimad Andavan  in his  Purvasrama used to lead the Adhyapaka Goshti during the festival days.Srimad  Srinivasa  Maha  Desikan  in his Purvasrama was quite well known for his philanthropy. He has helped pious Vaishnavas in times of dire need.

Although  born in a wealthy family, Sri Srinivasachariar’s mind and heart turned to renunciation  and to severing Worldly attachments. He had already sought the feet  of  Gnana  Vairaghya Anushtana  Sampanna   Poundarika  Puram  Andavan and received  from  his  Grantha  Kalakshepam,  Bhara  Samarpanam,  Prapatti Prayoga Upadesam,  Presha Mantra  Upadesam  and  Sannyaasa  Prayogam. Considering  his Poorvasrama  financial  resources as trash, he came to Poundarika Puram Andavan Asramam as his final retreat.

After becoming the Acharya, he devoted his full attention to the administration of  the  Asramam  and to the celebration, in a grand manner the Tirunakshatra of the past Srimad Andavans. (He helped Chaturveda Satakratu Navalpakkam Narasimha Tatachariar, Kozhiyalam Sri  Ranga  Ramanuja Maha Desikan and several others  and earned their gratitude and blessings) . The   daily  Aradhanas  were  performed  with  great  piety  and  devotion. The SaaRRumuRai  congregation was indeed an inspiring sight to the devout. On such occasions,  Srimad  Andavan  himself led  the  Goshti giving it both grace and solemnity. He would recite all by himself the nighamana Adhikara of Sri Rahasya Traya Sara of Sri Vedanta Desika. His discourses on such occasions were listened to with rapt attention.

It is relevant to mention that Sri Vinnatrangarai Swami was accepted as same teacher by Sri Thenbarai Andavan (of Peria asramam), since the latter had a  feeling of regret that he had not mastered his own Sakha, same veda!  Very interestingly, in the Sannyasa life too, Sri Vinnatrangarai Andavan exhibited great concern for the health (that was rapidly declining) of Sri Thenbarai Andavan (1960′s). Everyday he would walk to and fro.  What it means is that he should take bath every time on return!  Once indeed, a moving event occurred, Sri Vinnatrangarai Andavan walks to Peria Asramam, meets Sri Kannan Swami on the way, learnt that the latter was going to Madras on some urgent work since the Thenbarai Andavan’s health would sustain life for some three days, but Sri Vinnatrangarai Andavan warns the latter that it was not so, takes him back to the Asramam and almost influences him to take to the saffron order.  Yes, it was urgently necessary.  Readers would realize the risk, the confusion, etc.  That often results on the successor not taking over immediately without a gap in time.

Indeed on later occasions, Sri Vinnatrangarai Andavan used to congratulate Sri Thirukkudanthai Andavan on the growth, expansion, increasing affluence, etc. of his Asramam, with a legitimate satisfaction that He himself had worked for it by forcing Sri Kannan Swami to accept Sannyasa at the right moment.

Srimad Andavan seemed to have a premonition of his impending death. He called to his side the then Srikaryam, Paravakkottai  Sri Rajagopalachariar Swami( who had come  to the Asramam to assist him in the conduct of Tirunakshatra celebrations) and  told him in confidence that since his earthly life would not go beyond the next  Sravanam  day  which  fell on 5th April 1980, he should be interred by the side  of  his  Acharya  in the Brindavanam on the bank of Vada Kaveri. Strangely enough,  Srimad Andavan entered his Jyoti at 2 pm on 9th April 1980,(* which was Siddharti Panguni 27th, a Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi day)  so close to the last day which Srimad Andavan had himself fixed.


The  Iyal  Goshti of Venntran Karai Andavan was a magnificent sight, the like of which was never seen or heard of before. The grand procession led by the Ahobila Mutt elephant, with the idol of Sri Bhashyakaara at the head, passed through the streets  of  Srirangam  and  impressed  all  by  their colourful  variety-  the Poorvaasrama  son  of Acharya carrying the worn garlands of several Divya Desas, seven  or eight  divisions of Veda Parayana Goshtis, their Vedic chant piercing the  sky above all the surging sea of Srivaishnavas, devotees and disciples.

The procession stood  at  the Dasavataaran Sannidhi and after Mangalaasaasana there reached   the  Asramam.   Ubhaya   Vedaanta   Vidwan  Madhurantakam  Sri  Veera Ragahavachariar  Swami  paid  glowing tributes  to  Srimad Andavan’s many sided virtues  in verse  and  prose.  Another  glorious chapter in the history of Sri Poundarika Puram Asramam came to a close.

His Tanian reads as follows:

 Naryanaakhya Yathiraja Paadaabja Bringa

Sri Vaasa Yogi Gurunaa Arpitha Bharam Eese/

Bhakthyaaddhi Poorna Varadaarya Kripaatha Sinham

Sri Srinivasa Munivaram Aham Prapadhye //


I take refuge at the holy feet of Srinivasa Maha Desikan who was like a honey bee at the lotus feet of the yathi- srEshtar , Sri NaarAyaNa MahA  Desikan and performed his prapatthi  at  the  sacred feet of Poundarikapuram SrinivAsa MahA Desikan after receiving  his  pancha samskAram rites from Sri VaradAchArya Swami known for his Bhakthi-Jn~Ana-VairAghyam .

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