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  • సంస్కృత భాష‌ వ్య‌తిరేక పిటిష‌న్‌ను కొట్టేసిన మ‌ద్రాస్ హైకోర్టు
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  • శ్రీరామ మందిర నిర్మాణంలో పాలుపంచుకుందాం: ఎస్సీ-ఎస్టీ హక్కుల సంక్షేమ వేదిక పిలుపు
    అయోధ్యలో నిర్మితమవుతోన్న భవ్య రామమందిర నిర్మాణంలో ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్రంలోని షెడ్యూల్డ్ కులాలు, షెడ్యూల్డ్ తెగల ప్రజలు  భాగస్వాములవ్వాలని ఎస్సీ-ఎస్టీ హక్కుల సంక్షేమ వేదిక పిలుపునిచ్చింది. ఈ మేరకు ఆ సంస్థ రాష్ట్ర గౌరవాధ్యక్షులు, విశ్రాంత ఐఏఎస్ అధికారి డాక్టర్ శ్రీ పరశురామయ్య ఒక ప్రకటనలో కోరారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా  డాక్టర్ శ్రీ పరశురామయ్య మాట్లాడుతూ.. శ్రీ రాముడు మంచి పరిపాలనను అందించిన గొప్ప చక్రవర్తి అని. మిత్రత్వం, సోదర భావం, సామాజిక సమతలకు ప్రతీక అని కొనియాడారు. చరిత్రలో మనల్ని పాలించిన అనేక మంది రాజులు, చక్రవర్తులు మనకు […]
  • Guru Gobind Singh Ji is our torchbearer – Dr. Mohan Bhagwat Ji
    Tenth Guru Guru Gobind Singh Ji has been among those who took the country forward. That is why everybody holds him as an ideal and aspires to be like him. It was for this reason that Swami Vivekananda said in order to regain the dignity of the country every citizen would have to follow the […]
  • నూతన రామమందిర నిర్మాణ రూపకర్త ఈయనే!
    అయోధ్య రామమందిర నిర్మాణంలో కీలక పాత్ర పోషిస్తున్న వ్యక్తి శ్రీ చంద్రకాంత్ సోంపురా. 78 ఏళ్ల శ్రీ చంద్రకాంత్ సోంపురా రామమందిర నిర్మాణానికి వాస్తు, నిర్మాణ రూపకల్పన ప్లాన్ అందిస్తున్నారు. వీరి వంశంలో 15వ తరానికి చెందిన వాస్తుశిల్పి ఇతను. దేశంలోనే కాకుండా విదేశాల్లో సైతం దేవాలయ నిర్మాణ ప్రాజెక్టులపై  వీరి కుటుంబం పనిచేస్తుంది. వీరి కుటుంబంలో ప్రముఖంగా చెప్పుదగ్గ మరో వ్యక్తి వీరి తాతగారు శ్రీ పీఓ సోంపురా. వారు 1949లో గుజరాత్ రాష్ట్రంలోని ప్రపంచ ప్రసిద్ధ సోమనాథ్ ఆలయ నిర్మాణం, వాస్తు విషయంలో ప్రణాళిక అందించారు. అహ్మదాబాద్ నగరానికి చెందిన వీరి కుటుంబం ఇప్పటి వరకు దేశ, దేశాల్లో 200పైగా ఆలయాల వాస్తు, నిర్మాణ ప్లాన్ అంశాల్లో తమ సేవలందించింది. వీటిలో ముఖ్య దేవాలయాలు గాంధీనగర్ లోని అక్షరధామ్ ప్రాంగణం, కోల్ కతాలో బిర్లా […]
  • We tried to contribute like a squirrel – Haji Ismail
    Belapur, Pune (VSK). Muslims from Belapur in Shrirampur taluka handed over a Nidhi of Rs 44,111 to the treasurer of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, Govind Devgiriji Maharaj and Rashtra Santacharya Kishorji Vyas. The Muslim brothers got the information that Govind Devgiriji Maharaj, the treasurer of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra and Acharya Kishorji […]
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ANDAL – The remarkable girl who would marry none but the lord

Andal - among the Alwars of the Vaishnava Tradition of Southern India

ANDAL – THE REMARKABLE GIRL WHO WOULD MARRY NONE BUT THE LORD

Compiled by Sri Ramakrishna Prasad – Chennai

Andal is one of the most extraordinary personalities in religious history. She is known in her native tongue of Tamil as an Alvar, one who is “immersed” in the depths of enjoyment of God, the omnipresent mysterious One. Tradition reckons 12 Alvars, of which Andal is the only female.

The life of Andal is remarkable in its romantic simplicity. A Vaishana devotee named Vishnucitta lived in Villiputtur, a town near Madurai. His daily duties included procuring flowers for the worship of the Lord at the local temple. One morning, as he went about his business, he discovered a baby girl lying under a tulasi plant in his flower garden. Having no family of his own, Vishnucitta felt it was God’s grace that gave him this child and named her Godai, or “gift of Mother Earth.” Filled with joy, he took her home and raised her as his own.

Godai grew up in an atmosphere of love and devotion. Vishnucitta doted on her in every respect, singing songs to her about his Beloved Krishna, teaching her all the stories and philosophy he knew, and sharing with her his love of Tamil poetry. The love Vishnucitta had for his Beloved Lord intensified further in his daughter, and before long she was passionately in love with Lord Krishna. Even as a child, Godai made up her mind to marry none but the Lord of Brindavana, and refused to think of any human being in similar terms.

She imagined what it would be like to be His bride, playing the role of His beloved, enjoying His presence. Unknown to her father, she adorned herself daily with the flower garland he prepared for the Lord at the temple. After admiring her reflection and thinking of herself as His ideal bride, she would put the garland back for her father to take to the temple and offer to the Lord.

One day, Vishnucitta noticed a strand of Godai’s hair on one of the garlands. Shocked and saddened by this desecration of what was meant only for the Lord, he scolded Godai for her misuse of the garland and discarded it. He carefully prepared a new one and offered it to the Lord, begging His pardon all the while. That night, the Lord appeared to Vishnucitta in his dream and asked him why he discarded Godai’s garland instead of offering it to Him. He further told Vishnucitta that He missed the scent of Godai’s body in the flowers, and that He preferred them that way. Would he please continue to give the garlands once worn by Godai? Overcome with emotion, Vishnucitta awoke and cried tears of both joy and remorse. It dawned on him that his daughter was someone whose love of God was so intense and pure that even he had not comprehended its extent. Her spiritual greatness was such that the Lord Himself wished to share her presence. From this day on, she became known as “Andal”, the girl who “ruled” over the Lord.

Andal blossomed into a beautiful young woman as she came of marriageable age. When asked to marry, however, she stubbornly refused, saying that she would only agree to marry Sri Ranganatha, the Lord at the great temple town of Srirangam. Vishnucitta despaired, wondering what was to become of his daughter. One night, Lord Ranganatha appeared in his dream and asked that Andal be sent to Him in all her wedding finery. Simultaneously, the Lord appeared before the priests at Srirangam and asked them to prepare for the coming of Andal. Vishnucitta once again was filled with both joy and sadness; joy that his beloved daughter would attain her goal, but sadness at losing her at the same time. He made all the wedding preparations and arranged for Andal’s journey in a palanquin to Srirangam.

Andal waited with excited anticipation as the wedding party approached Lord Ranganatha’s shrine. As they entered the temple, she jumped out of the palanquin, unable to restrain herself any longer. Running into the temple sanctum, she embraced Lord Ranganatha and disappeared in a blaze of glory, having joined her Lord. She was only fifteen at the time.

Today, the tulasi garden in which she was found is preserved in Srivilliputtur. Vishnucitta’s house, adjacent to Lord Vishnu’s temple, has been converted into a temple in honor of Andal and contains the well in which she admired her reflection while wearing the Lord’s garlands. The remarkable landmark of Srivilliputhur is 11-tiered tower structure dedicated to the Lord of Srivilliputhur, known as Vatapatrasayee. The tower of this temple rises 192 feet high and is the official symbol of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Most of all, however, Andal is remembered for her poetry, in which she often strikes autobiographical notes about her love for her Lord. She describes herself as a young girl, still not fully mature, pining away for Him. She beseeches her friends, the god of love, and even animals for help in her quest to attain Him. Andal composed two works in her short life. Both are in Tamil and are unique in their literary, philosophical, religious, and artistic content. Her contribution is even more remarkable considering that she was a teenage girl when she composed these poems. Far from being the prattlings of a youngster, Andal’s verses display a literary and religious maturity far beyond her years.

Her first work is the Thiruppavai, a collection of thirty verses in which Andal imagines herself to be a Gopi, an eternal associate of Lord Krishna in the spiritual world as a cowherd girl. She yearns to serve Him and achieve happiness not just in this birth, but for all eternity, and describes the religious vows (pavai) that she and her fellow cowherd girls will observe for this purpose. It is said that Thiruppavai is the nectar of Vedas and teaches the philosophical values, moral values, ethical values, pure love, devotion, dedication, single-minded aim, virtues and ultimate goal of life.

The second is the Nachiar Thirumozhi, a poem of 143 verses. Thirumozhi, literally meaning “sacred sayings”, is a Tamil poetic style in which the work is composed. “Nachiar” means goddess, so the title means “sacred sayings of our Goddess.” This poem fully reveals Andal’s intense longing for Vishnu, the Divine Beloved. Utilizing classical Tamil poetic conventions and intermixing stories from the Sanskrit Vedas and Puranas, Andal creates imagery that is quite possibly unparalleled in the whole gamut of Indian religious literature.

The impact of these works on the daily religious life of the South Indian has been tremendous. Just like the Ramayana, people are never tired of listening to the Thiruppavai. The poem itself is recited with great religious fervor by women, men, and children of all ages, particularly in Tamil Nadu. The daily services in most Vaishnava temples and households include its recitation.

During the month of Margazhi (December-January), discourses on the Thiruppavai in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English take place all over India. Most of the south Indian Vishnu temples have a separate shrine for Andal.