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SRI NARASIMHA DARSHANAM 178 THIRUVALI

SrI Nrusimha ashtOttara Sata NaamaavaLi

(Please add praNavam in front of every nama) 107) svabhAvato nirasta nikhila dosha: anavadhikAtiSaya asankhyeya kalyANa guNa sampUrNa nrusimhAya nama: Meaning: Salutations to Lord Narasimhan as per SrI Bhashyam's definition of BhagavAn as the PurushOttaman "who is free from all imperfections and endowed with infinite auspicious attributes par excellence". Comments: This is another instance of the Ubhaya Lingam of the Supreme Being. PurushOttama lakshaNam itself is defined extensively by BhagavAn in His GitOpadEsam (15th Chapter). 108) Anandamaya nrusimha para-brahmaNe nama: Meaning: Salutations to the Supreme Soul, Nrisimhan brimming with bliss! Comments: He is overflowing with Aanandham at the sight of His devotees like PrahlAdha. He is Aanandhamayan because of PirAtti is staying right next to Him and comforting Him with Her loving embrace. He is Aanandhamayan because His PaadhukA Sevakar is engaged in SanchArams with Him across the length and breadth of BhAratha dEsam to homes of His devotees for blessing them with SamAsrayaNa ­BharanyAsa anugrahams.

SRI NARASIMHA DARSHANAM 178 THIRUVALI

As Para Brahman,Aanandham is an essential distinguishing aspect of Lord Nrisimhan; the others are satyam and Jn~Anam. The Aanandha of Brahman referred to in Taittireeyam is infinite. AchArya RaamAnuja's VedAnta sUtra states it this way: "AanandhamayO abhyAsAt". Aananda is the very svarUpam (intrinsic nature) of Brahman. BrahadhAraNyakam and ChAndhOgyam also have references to Brahman being of Aanandha mayam. Courtesy: http://www.srihayagrivan.org/ebooks/034_slna.pdf Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple ­ ThiruvAli - Pancha Narasimha Kshetram Known as AalinAdu, it is located 6Kms. Southeast of SeerkAzhi on the SeerkAzhi ­ Thiruvenkadu bus route. Though ThiruvAli and Thirunagari are two sthalams ( places of worship ), Azhwars have considered them as one while singing mangalAsAsanams.

SRI NARASIMHA DARSHANAM 178 THIRUVALI

Moolavar: Lakshmi Narasimhar, Vayalali ManavAlan hugging Lakshmi on the right side, in sitting posture facing East Uthsavar: ThiurvAli nagarAlan Goddess: AmrutagaDavalli Also there are Poornamaharishi, NammAzhwar, Kulasekara Azhwar, PeriyAzhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar, Udayavar and ManavAla mAmunigal in the prAkAram. The temple has one prAkAram, Karuvarai ( where the main deity is located ), ardha Mandapam, MahA Mandapam and the temple compound wall. Sthala purAnam: It is said that after killing Hiranyakasipu the Lord NarasimhA was still in a furious state; seeing this Devas and munis sent his consort Lakshmi who went and sat on the Lord's lap; the Lord hugged her and calmed down and as he gives Darshan in this posture the place attained the name ThiruvAli.

SRI NARASIMHA DARSHANAM 178 THIRUVALI

Here the Lord married Thirumagal ( Lakshmi ) who was grown up by Poorna muni; after giving darshan in that state the lord in the same newly wed state left for Thirunagari; on the way at a place called VedharAjapuram, ThirumangaiAzhwar intercepted him to rob and the Lord himself bestowed him with the `Thiru Mandhira upadhesam'. Visesh: This place is also one of the Pancha Narasimha kshethrams (the others being Kurayalur Ugra Narasimhar, Mangaimadam Veera Narasimhar, Thirunagari Yoga Narasimhar and Thirunagari Hiranya Narasimhar ). Every year on the Tamil Panguni month Uthiram first night, the waylaying by the Azhwar and the Thirumandhira Upadhesam by the Lord are enacted in a grand festive manner. In the month of Thai Thirumangai Azhwar upon returning from Thirunangur after the grand Garuda seva, visits this temple and does ManagalAsAsanam on the Lord. Thirumangai Azhwar was a small King with Aalinadu as the capital and hence he came to be known as AalinAdan. His wife Kumudhavalli nAchiyAr grew up here. Kulasekara Azhwar has sung a pAsuram and Thirumangai Azhwar has sung forty one pAsurams on this Deity. There is no facility for staying here and one can stay at SeerkAzhi and visit this shrine.

Courtesy Sriman Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan http://srivaishnavam.com/divyadesam108/description/thiruvali.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/templephotoes/2514109466/in/photostream/

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