Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Vedanta Desikar Temple), Mylapore – Legends

Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Vedanta Desikar Temple), Mylapore – Legends
Vedanta Desikar, Incarnation of the Thirupathi Divine Bell:
Vedanta Desikar, one of the most important Acharyas of the Vaishnava tradition was born to the devout couple Ananthasuri and Thotharamba. Instructed by the Venkatamudayan, the couple went on a pilgrimage to Thirumalai. The Lord appeared in the couple's dream as a Vaishnava youth and handed over a golden bell which Thotharamba swallowed. The following morning, they were astonished to find that both of them had dreamt the same sequence of events.
When the Archaka opened the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum, he found the bell missing. During an investigation ordered into the loss of the bell, the Lord appeared by Avesa (spiritual trance) on Tirumalai Nambi and told that he had himself presented the bell to the Ananthasuri couple and thereafter, the small hand-bell need not be used in the Tiruvaradhana in the temple. Hence, Swami Vedanta Desikar is considered as the incarnation of the Divine Bell.
Vedanta Desikar as prime deity here:
Azhwars and Acharyas travelled throughout the country extolling the beauty and grace of Narayana. However, in the case of Mylapore, the Supreme Lord and the Acharyan switched roles. Lord Srinivasa and Alarmel Mangai Thayar willed to grace the abode of the Acharyan (Swami Desikan) and relish his company.

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