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A team of devotees from around the globe have come together to perform this very important Kaimkaryam to SrI mAhA lakshmI thAyAr. To celebrate The Vaibhavam and karUnyam of thAyAr, this special website has been created to host these special E-books of all the 25 stabakams (chapters) of SrI Venkatdhavari Kavi's magnum opus " SrI LakshmI Sahasram" that runs into 1018 SlOkams, Praising SrI Padhmavathi thAyAr ( Alamelumanga ) of ThiruchanUr.

Our Great and Most revered AchAryans all through the ages have composed many stOthrams Praising Her as "Our dearest Mother, Jagan mathA". SrI AnnamayachArya, the great poet saint went one step ahead Praising Her in one of famous Sankeertanams as " ammamma Emamma alamElmaMga nAnccAramma " and addressed Her affectionately as " Grandmother and Our dearest Mother Alamelumanga NaacchiyAr". He composed many more Sankeertanams in Her Praise and in an other Kruthi " Alarulu kuriyaga nadenadi ", He visualizes Her as the beautiful dancing lady, Who charms Lord Venkateshwara with the sweet sounds arising from Noopurams (Salangais) adorning Her ankles. Such is the great Vaibhavam of Alamelumanga ThAyAr.

This website and the E-books are a very humble Offering at the Lotus Feet of Jagan mathA, SrI mAhA lakshmI thAyAr, Alamelumanga (AlarmEl mangA) thAyAr of ThiruchanUr. The bhakthas associated with this Kaimkaryam feel very humbled by Her kataksham on Them to have been provided with this opportunity of aNil kaimkaryam to Her. Below listed are those devotees and please click on the names for more individual bio-data.

adiyEn (srIman) Varadachari Sadagopan has been blessed with many good fortunes such as being born in a dhivya dEsam like Oppiliappan Koil, having loving parents who sacrificed every thing to encourage me to earn six degrees from the best of Universities in the World including the Doctor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing a Scientific and Management career at IBM Research Division for 26 years. The best of all these blessings is the SoubhAgayam of initiation in to SrIvaishNava assembly with SamAsrayaNam from HH the 43rd Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam, SrI Veeraraghava YathIndhra MahA Desikan of DevanAr ViLAgam and being blessed with the supreme soubhAgyam of BharanyAsam from HH the 45th Jeeyar of AhObila Matam, SrI NaarAyaNa YathIndhra MahA Desikan. Links to the "Periya Periya PerumAL", SrI MalOlan of Ahobilam through AchArya sambhandham is the greatest of all gifts.

Sri Navalpaakkam Kannan Swamy is Pro Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He is also a Faculty Member in the Mathematics and Statistics Department there. His current research activities are in the fields of Chaos theory and Topological Dynamics. He earned his Doctoral Degree from Madurai University in 1972. He is very much involved in the strategic planning for the growth of the University of Hyderabad and its ten Schools. His outstanding research contributions have been recognized through the award of the Prestigious SrinivAsan Ramanujan Award. He is an elected Member of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Kannan hails from the Vaidhika agrahAram of Navalpaakkam known for many Vedic scholars. His father Sri Navalpaakkam Sri VaradachAr Swamy is a great Vedic Scholar. Dr. Kannan is Yajur Veda Saakhaa PoorNaadhikari and is also a great Sanskrit and Tamil Scholar. He takes part in Vidhvat Sadas organized by various Sri VaishNava Asramams. Dr. Kannan Swamy is currently contributing articles on Sri Lakshmi Sahasram , which are appearing in Sri RanganAtha PaadhukA Journal.

SamarpaNam by SrimAn Ishti Kidambi Venkata Krishnan Swamy

Sriman Ishti Kidambi Venkata Krishnan (Sri IVK Chary) has graciously consented to record the slOkams of the most sacred Sri Lakshmi Sahasram by SlEsha Yamaka Chakravarthy, AstOkAdhvari ArasANippAlai Sri VenkatAdhvari Kavi (1590-1660 C.E) of Kacchi Kidambi vamsam. Sri IVK Chary and his Pithaa Pithaamahaa and ancestors belong to the Veda Maarga PratishtApana ArasANIppAlai Sri VenkatAdhvari Vamsam. Vaikuntha Vaasi Sri SEvA Swamigal, one of the greatest Desika BhakthAs belonged to this unique Vaidhika Vamsam.

We are hence very fortunate to have Sriman IVK Chary's particpation in this Kaimkaryam. He is gifted with a rich and resonant voice and rich appreciation of the nuances of reciting complex Sanskrit poems with the right uccharaNam and stops. This is due largely to his teaching of Upayuktha bhagams from Krishna Yajur VedA to AastikAs located in Kuwait now. It is all Our Periya PirAtti's anugraham to have this rich resource of audio content relating to Sri Lakshmi Sahsram.

Sriman IVK Chary released a monograph on Sri Lakshmi Sahasram at Oppiliappan Koil during the auspicious occasion of his son Chiranjeevi Ananth's wedding with SoubhAgyavathi Deeptha and dedicated that book to the memory of his father, Vaikuntha Vaasi Sriman U.Ve. ArasANippalai Asthokadhvari Kacchi Kidambi Kavi VidhvanmaNi Vaadhi HamsambuvAha Ishti SrinivAsAcchAr Swamy and Mother Srimathy PattammAL. Sriman IVK Chary's Father was a well respected expert in Veda adhyayanam and examiner of Veda adhyAyees for four decades in and around Nellore District in today's Andhra PradhEsh. He was a highly regarded Bruhaspathy and performed Veda PaarAyaNam at Thalpagiri Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Nellore. Prakrutham Srimad Azhagiya Singar visits this beautiful temple of Lord RanganAtha during His sanchArams.

It is our Mahaa BhAgyam to have an ArasANippalai Vamsastthar with deep reverence for our eternal VedhAs recite Sri Lakshmi Sahasram to help us with the performance of our PaarAyaNams of this powerful StOtram and recieve the anugraham of Periya PirAtti.

Smt. Geetha Anand hails from a family of Srimadh Andavan Ashramam sishyas. Her father-in-law, Sri R. Srinivasan manages the Srimadh Andavan Ashramam website. She was blessed by prakrutham Srimushnam Andavan with BaranyAsam and samAsrayanam. She has a Ph.D in Molecular Biology (Purdue University) and has worked at various US Universities as Post Doctoral fellow and faculty. She has taken up studying Sri Vaishanava Siddhantham recently and considers it as PerarulAlan and Perundevi ThAyar’s blessing that she can join such an esteemed likitha kainkaryam group.

 Well known to us, Sriman Mukund hails from a village - Neduntheru near to ThirukkuTandai; had SamASrayaNam and bharasamarpanam at the divine feet of HH the 45th jeer of Sri Ahobilamatam & kuladeivam is Sri bhumidevi sameta Oppiliappan. Did kalakshepam on some Rahasyagrantams under SrI. U.vE. M.S. Hari. After working in India for 8 years, he came to Singapore and is working there for more than 12 years in a German company as Mechanical Design Manager; as well his wife hails from Thanjavur too and she is working as Finance Manager in a company. They are blessed with three daughters whose bharasamarpanam was done at the divine feet of Srimadazhagiyasingar too. Having great thirst towards Srivaishnava literature, together with well known Srivaishnavas like SrI. K.Sadagopaniyengar, SrI. Madhavakkannan, SrI. Diwakar Kannan and a few more, they have a publishing unit "Srisukti Pracharini Sabha" registered in Singapore, which has published some CDs and hardback book such as 'The Choice is yours' of SrI u.vE Sadagopaniyengar. Together with SrI Diwakar Kannan and a few more Srivaishnavas, they are running a group for sharing divine pictures, which can be found in And he is deeply involved in the mountainous tasks of SrI. u.vE. Oppiliappan koil V.Sadagopan svami, who serves Srivaishnava community tirelessly.

Smt. Krishnapriya is a Sri VaishNavite from Hyderabad, living currently in Dubai with her family. She is deeply attached to AzhawAr/AchArya Sri Sokthis. She has been a Member of Oppiliappan and SaraNAgthy Lists for number of years and is happy to be engaged in this kaimkaryam to spread the eternal message of Sri Bhagavath Ramanuja SiddhAntham. Its her belief that the availability of the e-books would be of help to many children and parents , who might have difficulty in reading the original texts in Sanskrit , Tamil and MaNipravALam.

Sri Mannargudi Srinivasan Narayanan hails from Trichy. He was working as Instrument Engineer in an Engineering Design / Construction Company and is now retired. Srinivasan Narayanan and family are Sishyas of Sri Ahobilla Mutt, Had the the bhAgyam of getting SamAsrayaNam from HH the 44th Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam, Sri Vedanta YathIndhra MahA Desikan of Mukkur and being blessed with the bhAgyam of BharanyAsam from HH the 45th Jeeyar, SrI NaarAyaNa YathIndhra MahA Desikan. He feels blessed to contribute in a very small way to this great Kaimkaryam and is very grateful to Sriman Sadagopan Swamin for giving this wonderful opportunity.

Smt Jayashree Muralidharan , wife of Sri Muralidharan Desikachari has a post-graduate degree in Psychology. She is very much interested in sAmpradAyic literature and VishishtAdvaitha philosophy. She was blessed by the prakruthum Srimath Azhagiya Singar, HH SrI NArAyaNa yathIndhra mahA dEsikan with samAshrayaNam and bharaNyAsam. She presently helps her husband in the kainkaryams undertaken by him for the Sundara Simham, ahobilavalli and Srihayagrivan E-book series.

Sri Anil T hails from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He has completed his work towards the PhD degree and currently working as a post-doc at an Australian University. He considers himself fortunate to have Sri V. Sadagopan and Smt. Padhma Veeraraghavan as his mentors. And also, to be a part of all the previous and present Kaimkaryams under the guidance and leadership of Sadagopan mama.
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 Translation based on Koil, Sabdam, Vangeepuram, Veerapuram Sri Satagopacharyar’s Rathnaprabha.

Sri VenkatAdhvari also called as Sri VenkatAcarya Deekshidar and Aparadesikan composed Sri LakshmI sahasram. He was born at arasaaNipAlai near Kaancipuram and lived between 1590-1660 A.D. His family lived near YatoktakAri sannadhi in Kaanchi. His forefathers had performed many yAgAs and earned the title “Deekshitar”. There is still a place in arasaaNipAlai that is referred to as “YaagasAlai”. Till date one can see a stone pillar there that is called “Yoopastambham”. Sri VenkatAdhvari was an expert in tarka, vyAkarNam, mImAmsai, vedAntam, astrology and mantra sAstram. He used to offer the fruits of all his yAga, yaj~nam to Lord Venkateswara and hence was called VenkatAdhvari.

Among the many works of Sri VenkatAdhvari only some are available to us. Acarya PancaaSat, SravanAnandam, YadavarAgavEyam, Subhashita Kaustubam, ViSvaguNadarSa Sambu, Uttara Sambu, VaradAbyudaya Sambu, PradyumnAnanda nATakam, LakshmI sahasram are some of his works that have been published so far. He was said to have translated ThiuvAimozhi in to Sanskrit but the translation for only “oru nAyagamAi” pAsuram is available now.

We learn that Sri VenkatAdhvari served as the court poet during the Mogul rule. He mentions it himself when he sings “ Mother! I have spent all my life winning my opponents and enjoying the luxuries of the King’s court. I have never sung your praise nor worshipped you so far”. He traveled extensively in India, visiting many places of pilgrimage and was honored by many Kings en route.

Some popular stories about Sri VenkatAdhvari

Once the Mogul king in Delhi had concealed some gold coins inside a pumpkin and presented the pumpkin to Sri VenkatAdhvari. Without realizing the presence of the gold coins when enquired about the pumpkin Sri VenkatAdhvari said that it is fit to cook and eat as a vegetable or to sell and buy some salt. When the king asked him about the comment Sri VenkatAdhvari said that he commented to the Lord that the emperor at Delhi is the one who fulfills the wishes of the Lord while what the other kings present are fit only to cook and eat as a vegetable or to buy salt. Such was his power of wit.

Sri VenkatAdhvari was an ardent proponent of SaraNaagati as the mokshOpAyam. He suffered innumerable hardships to establish its greatness. Once when some miscreants tied a stone to his neck and tried to kill him in their anger towards him, he prayed to PirAtti that the stone should fall on the heads of those miscreants themselves which PirAtti made it happen.

Once when someone was questioning the authenticity of Arti prapatti, Sri VenkatAdhvari told him to circumambulate ThAyAr sannidhi while he prayed to PirAtti on the man’s behalf. Before the man reached the dvajastambham PirAtti made him shed his body and thus granted him moksham.

Sri LakshmI Sahasram is composed as a part of Sri VenkatAdhvari's work ViSvaguNadarSa Sambu. In this epic, Sri VenkatAdhvari creates two characters KrishAnu and ViSvAvaSu who travel to many places. KrishAnu would only say what is bad about that place while ViSvAvasu would mention only what is good there. While they were at Thiruvenkatam, KrishAnu berates the place following which they both lose their sight. To regain their lost vision they compose LakshmI Sahasram praising Sri PadmAvati ThAyAr, the divine consort of SrinivAsa PerumaaL.

There is also the folklore that Sri VenkatAdhvari himself lost his sight and regained it by composing Sri LakshmI Sahasram. In any case it has been shown on several occasions that chanting LakshmI Sahasram confers many benefits to the seeker.

The thousand slokas of Sri LakshmI Sahasram are subdivided into twenty five “stabakams”. Stabakam means a flower bouquet. Naming the chapters as flower bouquets seems appropriate as these songs are composed as LakshmI worship. There are many similarities between SwAmi Desikan’s works and LakshmI sahasram. Just like SwAmi Desikan, the author has interspersed the letters of the LakshmI mantra throughout the work. Chanting this, is said to confer benefits similar to chanting Sri RanganAtha PaadukA Sahasram. Similar to SwAmi Desikan’s work the songs in the beginning of the stabakam are in “anushTub” chandAs while the songs that follow are in other chandAs. To explain the “dayA” or the compassion of PirAtti, Sri VenkatAdhvari invokes the episodes of KaakAsura and Sita’s stay in aSokavana just as SwAmi Desikan had done before. Among the mangaLa slokAs in the work, the sloka for SwAmi Desikan will explain the author’s bhakthi towards him. It is said that Sri VenkatAdhvari composed twenty five stabakams to correspond to SwAmi Desikan’s Sri stuti that has twenty five slokAs.


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