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Acclaimed: Srimath Paravakkottai Andavan Srimath Gopaladesika Mahadesikan releasing a souvenir at Srirangam.
Acclaimed: Srimath Paravakkottai Andavan Srimath Gopaladesika Mahadesikan releasing a souvenir at Srirangam.

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Release of books, honouring of stalwarts in Sri Vaishnavism and a high pedestal for the revered books of Hinduism marked the 201-st ‘tiru avatara nakshatram’ (birth anniversary) celebrations of Sri Ranga Ramanuja Maha Desikan, popularly known as Sri Kethandapatti Swamigal, at Srirangam.

The five-day celebrations, which concluded on Sunday, were held at the Poundareekapuram Srimath Andavan Asramam at Srirangam.

Poundareekapuram Srimath Andavan Srimath Gopaladesika Mahadesikan Swamigal, the present pontiff of the Ashram, released a special souvenir brought out on the occasion, a life sketch on Sri Kethandapatti Swamigal and a major work of Swami Desikan, called Achyuta Satakam, with annotated commentaries in English and Tamil.

In his benedictory address, Srimath Andavan Swamigal said that the just released Achyuta Satakam of Swami Desikan elaborated on the desire of the Supreme Being to be in unison with the Jeevatma in a bliss, whereas many other books yearn and dealt on the Jeevatma’s desire to unite with the Ultimate.

He urged the devotees to strictly adhere to the guidelines stipulated in the Sastric injunctions to qualify for the Supreme grace. The first copy of the book was received by Sri Vaishnavite scholar, Navalpakkam Sri Varadachariar.

A committee has been formed to celebrate the bi-centenary, with Srimath Paravakkottai Andavan Srimath Gopala Desika Maha Desikan as the Chief Patron.

A special Vidwat Sadas in which discussions on the four cardinal works—Sri Bashyam and Geeta Bashyam by Bhagavad Ramanujar, Rahasya Traya Saram by Swami Desikan and Bhagavat Vishayam by Tirukkurugaippiran Pillan—of Sri Vaishnavism, recitals of Vedas, Dhivya Prabandham, epics, stotras, etc. were organised. Special discourses also formed part of the celebrations.

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