pUrva dhinacharyA – 17

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Atha Ranganidhim samyag abhigamya nijam prabhum |
Srinidhanam sanaisthasya sodhayithva padadvayam ||

(w to  w) Atha  – After completing the morning works and reached the Mutt, nijam  – due to perform tiruvaradhana for, prabhum  – the Lord, Ranganidhim  – Aranganagarappa, who is a treasure for Srirangam seated in his Mutt,  samyag abhigamya  – by prostrating with devotion in orderly manner, srinidhanam  – a place for wealth of kainkarya, (servitude), thasya  padadvayam –His holy feet, sanaihi – without hurrying, sodhayithva – by cleansing [performing tirumanjanam] and doing tiruvaradhana…….

(Commentary) In Sandilya Smriti, it is said that after bathing, the Lord  is to be approached (abhigamanam). Sage Sandilya says that  the Lord is to be approached after bathing well, decorating our forehead with mark, cleansing his feet, sipping water from the palm for purification (achamana), controlling the mind and limbs, meditating the mantra on two occasions like the dawn till sunrise and in the evening till the stars appear and then approach the Lord. Here by mentioning the cleansing of feet of Lord Ranganatha means the entire Tiruvaradhanam.  Here also, as said earlier, the devotion on Sri Ramanuja’s feet is continuing and hence appropriate for Mamunigal to perform Tiruvaradhanam to his Aranganagarappan, who is in turn liked by his Acharya Emberumanar. This is similar to Chathrugnavzhwan, an ardent devotee of Bharata, who always thought of Sri Rama, for the satisfaction of Bharata.

Translation by Sri U.Ve.Dr.M.Varadarajan Swami, MA, MA, PhD

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