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Swami Mudaliandan Thirumaligai – Kandadai Thozhappar Utsavam

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

Swami Ramanuja appointed 74 Acharya Purushas for the growth of our Vishishtadvaita ShriVaishnava sampradayam. Swami Dasarathi who was popularly known as Mudaliandan is one among them. He was also the dear nephew, lotus foot, triple staff (Ajahadh Bagineyam, Paadukaathvam, Tridandathaam) of Swami Ramanuja and served him throughout his life.

Kanthadai Thozhappar was the grandson of Mudaliandan. Thozhappar installed the Archaswaroopam (Idol) of Choodikodutha Nachiyar (Andal) and he also conducted the Thirukalyana utsavam for Kanchi Devaperumal with Andal Naachiyaar. Inturn, Devaperumal as a measure of showing his gratitude towards Thozhappar, decided to reside in Thozhappar's thirumaaligai. He also expressed his desire in Thozhappar's dream and as one of his six forms (Shatberam), came to Thozhappar's thirumaaligai. Thozhappar, on seeing the grace of the Lord became very happy and named him 'Aahuya Rakshaka Hari' (Azhaithu Vaazhvitha Perumal).

Sri Kandadai Thozhappar Thanian
Ramanujaarya sathputhram Vaaranaadeesa Desikam |
Lokaacharya Krupaapathram vandhe gunaganaarv navam ||


A disciple of First Kumaara Venkatacharya swami (Ondraana Kumaara Venkatacharya swami) of Sri Mudaliandan thirumaaligai, who later became Vaadikesari Azhagiya Manavaala Jeeyar, in his work "Shri Kumara Venkatacharya Dinacharya" about his Acharya (Ondraana Kumaara Venkatacharya swami), has mentioned about the Thirumaaligai Perumal with the same name 'Aahuya Rakshaka Hari' in the below sloka:

Aahuya Rakshaka Hare tavamangalam syaath asmat guroothama kulaadiba mangalam syaath |
Evam vidaam kiramudheeraya taschirena pushnaathu mangala thathim bhagavaan guror mey ||


In Upadesha Rathna maalai, Manavala Maamunigal mentions about Kanthaadai Thozhappar.

ThunnuPugazh Kanthaadai Thozhappar thammugapaal
ennavulagaariyano endruraika – pinnai |
ulagaariyan ennum per Nampillaikku
ongi vilagaamal nindradhu endrum mel ||

Thunnu pugazh Kanthaadai Thozhappar's thirunakshatram is Aadi Pooram, the same as that of Andal Naachiyaar, which falls on August 9th 2013.

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This will be celebrated as a 5 day Utsavam in Singaperumal Koil thirumaaligai from

Date: Aug  5th, Monday (Starts at 9 AM)
Thirumanjanam, Thirupallandu thodakkam,  
Thirupaavai saatrumarai, Iyarpa thodakkam
Thiruvaimozhi thodakkam, Saatrumarai

Date: Aug 6th, Tuesday (Starts at 2 PM)
Thirupaavai saatrumarai, Mudalaayiram saatrumarai,
Iyarpa, Thiruvaimozhi saatrumarai.

Date: Aug 7th, Wednesday (Starts at 2 PM)
Thirumozhi thodakkam, Thirupaavai saatrumarai,
Iyarpa, Thiruvaimozhi saatrumarai.

Date: Aug 8th, Thursday (Starts at 2 PM)
Thirumozhi, Thirupaavai saatrumarai,
Iyarpa, Thiruvaimozhi saatrumarai.

Date: Aug 9th, Friday Thunnu Pugazh Kanthaadai Thozhappar Saatrumarai (Aadi Pooram):

6:30 AM: Purappadu for Thunnu Pugazh Kanthaadai Thozhappar, Sri Annavilappan
Thiruvaimozhi sevakaalam
9:30 AM: Azhaithu Vaazhvithavar Thirukalyaana utsavam,
Thiruvaimozhi saatrumarai, Sripaadha theertham, Thadheeyaaraadhanam

All Sishya's and Abhimani's are requested to take part in the Utsavam and get blessings from Acharyan, Annavillappan, Kandadai Thozhappar, Mudaliandan, Poorvacharyaas & Sriman Narayana.

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