Archive | August 2017

388. Vijendra Theertha

vijendra theertha

Madhwacharya was a disciple of Achyutapreksha and it is from him that the Dwaitha or dualism concept flowed in the 12th century.  Vijendra Theertha came from this parampara.

Sri Vijayindra Tîrtha was a `sarva-tantra-swatantra’, a master of the sixty-four arts, a winsome and magnetic personality,and the author of over a hundred works . Born by the grace of Sri Vyaasa Tiirtha in 1517 as Vittalacharya,  Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha got his education from Sri Vyaasa Tiirtha. The saint was then gifted by Sri Vyaasa Tiirtha to Sri Surendra Theertha, ruled the throne of Srimad Acharya,  served his guru Sri Surendra Tiirtha, showed many great miracles, won many scholars which proved that he was undoubtedly victorious.

Sri Vijayindra Theertha is like the Sun for the devotees who take refuge in him. His holiness is like divine cow Kamadhenu. His holiness is like divine Kalpavrksha. For such a great saint our sastanga namaskara is submitted.  He was a scholar noted for his works Nyayamruta, Tarkatandava and Tatparyachandrika.  He became an active proponent of  Dwaitha school of thought in South India during the  Thanjavur Nayak rule in Tamil Nadu.

Venkatapathi Raya, the ruler of Vijayanagara Empire  honored Vijayendra theertha with a Counch and other emblems of victory for his victory over his opponents in disputations. Vijayendra Tirtha remained the pontiff of  Vibudendra Theertha Mutt.

He tutored and appointed Shri Sudhindra tirtha as his successor.  Sri Vijayendra Mutt is a  Madhwa matha located in the town of  kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu,  India. It was founded by Vjendra Theertha, the guru of the Madhva saint Raghavendraswamy.  Sri Raghavendra served as pontiff of the mutt in his early days. The samadhi of Vijayendra Swamigal is located in Kumbakonam.  Vijayendra swamigal performed many miracles and his greatness spread like spread of light from sun even each and every common man in Tamil nadu near by Kumbakonam knows vijayendra swamigal. Sri Raghavendra swami was the last pontiff and later new mutt name Sri Raghavendra swamy Mutt formed as a succession to Sri Vijayendra Mutt.

Please visit this Mutt in Kumbakonam and get the blessings of Vijendra Theertha and Raghavendra swamy.

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387. Aadi Pooram

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Aadi Pooram is celebrated during the month of ‘Aadi’ in Tamil calendar that corresponds to the months of July-August in the English calendar which comes on pooram nakshathra. The festival is observed to propitiate the goddess Shakthi Devi who is said to have come into this world on this occasion to bless the people. People therefore worship her in order to secure happiness not only for themselves but also for their loved ones.

Aadi pooram is also known as “Aandal Jayanthi”.  Aadi Pooram is the celebration of the birth day of Aandal and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.  The celebrations of Aadi Pooram are very splendid in almost all the Lord Vishnu temples located in Tamil Nadu. The day also holds immense significance in Goddess Shakthi temples scattered all over the country.  Aadi month is also dedicated to Goddess Shakthi as the energy of the goddess is very strong and vibrant during this month. It is believed that Goddess Parvathi herself descends to the earth on this auspicious day to bless her devotees.

According to legends, Periyalwar one among the Alwar saints was living in Srivillipthur. Being childless, he prayed to Lord Vishnu to solve his misery. One day, while he was walking through a temple, he found a girl child in the garden of the temple. He decided to adopt the girl and named her as ‘Kodhai’. The child was brought up according to Vaishnava tradition of worshipping Lord Vishnu. Over a period of time, Kodhai’s devotion towards Lord Ranganathan (Lord Vishnu) grew incredibly. She began to wear the garland even before it was offered to the Lord. One day, when Periyalawar was searching for the garland, he noticed that Kodhai was wearing the garland meant for the Lord. Shocked to the core, he immediately, objected her behavior.

On the same night, when Periyalwar was asleep, Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream and said he wished to wear the garland only after worn by Andal. The Lord also advised him to take her to Ranganathar Temple in the place named Srirangam. Though taken by surprise, Periyalwar’s joy knew no bounds. Andal told her father that she would marry only Lord Ranganathar and no one else. It is believed that when Andal entered the sanctum sanctorum, she merged with Lord Ranganathar (Lord Vishnu).

There is another belief that the day of Aadi Pooram is observed as the festival of ‘Valaikappu’ (bangle ceremony) for goddess Parvathi, the universal mother. According to the legend, in Trichy city of Tamilnadu there was a festival celebrating Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. After the festival, the crowd started to disperse. In the crowd there was a pregnant woman who took rest to soothe her painful body. She was suddenly seized with labor pain. There were no one around for help and as she was screaming for help, she eventually started to faint out of tiredness. Goddess Parvathi who saw her, came to her rescue. She came in disguise of a midwife and helped the woman deliver the child. The woman recognized the midwife to be the Goddess herself and made a vow to celebrate that day every year as valaikappu day (Bangle ceremony) for Goddess Parvathi.

On Aadi Pooram, many Vaishnavaite temples conduct homas and Poojas. Aadi Pooram is celebrated win grand manner at Srivalliputtur, the birth place of Anadal. This festival is also celebrated for 10 days at Srirangam Temple. On the 10th day, the divine marriage of Andal and Lord Ranganathan (Lord Vishnu) is celebrated. It is a belief that girls who are yet to get married or searching for right groom, pray to Andal on the 10th day (i.e. divine marriage day) to get married soon and be blessed with the right match.

 

 

385. Healthy banana stem soup

bananastem soup

It is very much important to use banana stem (vazhaithandu)  in our food regularly,  for the proper functioning of kidneys. I tried some dishes using this and a simple soup recipe is here.

Ingredients required :

Tender banana stem(chopped) – 250 gm

Tomato(chopped) – 1

Onion(chopped) –  1

Garlic – 4 leaves

Elaichi – 2

Kalamirch – 1/2 tsp

Clove(lavang) – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Jaggery  powder – 1/2 tsp

Cream – 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation :

Grind all the above ingredients except cream with 1/2 cup of water. In a vessel, put the ground mixture and  boil it for ten minutes. Add cream and taste it. We can give it to children also, as the taste of banana stem soup is very good.