Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Hundreds of devotees took part in the sadhamana thirunakashathra mahothsavam of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Sri Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan Sri Thirukkudanthai Andavan, the ninth `Peetathipathi' of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Asramam, which was celebrated, amid the Veda and Prabandha parayanam, here on Wednesday.

The Brindavanam of Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan was adorned with temple honours from 90 `divya desams.' Delivering his benedictory address to mark the end of the nine-day celebrations, Srimad Andavan Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan, head of the Asramam, said Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan had expanded the Asramam in the length and breadth of the country, setting up branches in 15 places, besides building and consecrating a number of temples. Furthermore, he had launched the Veda, Sastra, Prabandha patasalas at Srirangam.

Srimad Srimushnam Andavan released a souvenir and handed over a cheque for Rs.2.20 lakh to Sankara Netralaya for distribution of free spectacles to 2,000 beneficiaries. Ophthalmologist S. S. Badrinath received the cheque. Sri Sarvatantra Swatantra Parakala Mutt jeer; Sri Thirukurunkudi jeer; Sri Azhwar Tirunagiri Azhwar Emberumanar jeer; and Sri Rangapriya Mahadesikan from Bangalore took part in the function.