Sri RanganAyakai Nama: 


In the 23rd slOkam , Sri ParAsara Bhattar salutes Sri RanganAyaki as " SrI RangEswara gEha Lakshmi" and describes some unique aspects of Sri Vaikuntam that is ruled by Her and Her divine consort , Sri RanganAthan.

The Twenty Third SlOkam 

aaj~nAnugraha bhIma kOmalapurIpAlA phalam bhEjushAm yaa AyOdhyEthi-AparAjithEti vidhitA naakam parENa sthithA bhAvair-adhbhutha-bhOga-bhUmagahanai: sAndhrA sudhAsyandhibhi: SrirangEswara-gEha-Lakshmi yuvayOsthvAm rAjadhAnIm vidhu:

Meaning accroding to Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan 

Oh Empress of the City-State of Sri Vaikuntam ! The border-guards there are ferocious executors of Your Lord's mandates , while they prove to be highly tender officials with respect to law-abiding citizens-- thus their nature is an influenced version , depending on the type of people encountered.This state (Sri Vaikuntam ) is ever unassailable (AyOdhyA)and invincible(AparAjithA); it remains far and above the outter skies; all the objects there are sweet and delicious , affording admirable pleasure-experiences , arising from closeness and dense accumulation .That state(Sri Vaikuntam) is known to be the kingdom of both of You together!

Additional observations and Comments by adiyEn 

The aprAkruthic nature of Sri Vaikuntam and the unique features of this extraordinary City-State that is invincible and unassailable is described here by Sri Bhattar in consonance with the Veda manthrams , AchArya RaamAnujA's Sri Vaikunta Gadhyam and KurEsar's Sri Vaikunta Sthavam passages. Sri RanganAyaki is saluted by Bhattar as the Joint ruler of this auspicious RaajadhAni of Sri Vaikuntam with Her Lord .

"Aaj~nA anugraha bhIma Komala purIpAlA phalam bhEjushAm" is the first paadham. The dwAra PaalakAs of Sri Vaikuntam gates are described here. They will cause terror in the minds of the enemies of the Lord and yet will bend over backward to serve with a smile those , who are dear to their Lord. They are known for giving fierce commands ( BhIma Aaj~nA ) to those VirOdhis of the Lord .They are also known for being tender in the treatment of the ones who revel in kaimkaryam to their Lord . The 77th slOkam of Sri Vaikunta sthavm gives a clue to who these dear ones to the Lord are. In this slOkam , Kuresar wishes to join this ghOshti of nithyAs and mukthAs dear to the Lord this way :

kaimkarya nithya nirathai: bhavadhEka bhOgai: nithyairanukshaNa naveena rasArdhra Bhaavai: nithyAbhivAnchitha paraspara neecha bhAvai: math dhaivathai: parijanais-thava sangaseeya

These nithyAs and MukthAs-- treated with great reverence by the DhvAra PaalakAs of Sri Vaikuntam-- are always engaged in serving the Lord.Their minds are always immersed in enjoying the Lord's svarUpa-rUpa-GuNams.Their minds are drenched with the flood of affection for the Lord. They wish to be the adiyArs of each other , while vying for Kaimkaryam to their Lord.These are the parijanams of the Lord , who Kuresar says are his own gods and he expresses his longing to join this ghOshti. Such nithyAs and MukthAs are welcomed and treated with reverence by the PurIpAlAs ( DhvAra PaalakAs).

Those , who try to barge into Sri Vaikuntam without vinayam or anushtAna bhalam are brusquely ordered to leave by the very same dhvAra PaalakAs . They are commanded to exit from the premises by the gate keepers like Jayan and Vijayan in a fierce manner.

That Sri Vaikuntam protected zealously by the DhvAra PaalakAs is "bhEjushAm Phalam". It is the coveted fruit of Mumukshus. It is their parama prApyam ( supreme abode that is desired). Residence there as parama Padha Vaasis is the cherished goal of all mukthAs and nithya Sooris.

The Second Paadham of the 23rd SlOkam 

"yaa AyOdhyEthyaparAjithitEthi vidhithA naakam parEna sthithA " is the second paadham. This Sri Vaikuntam is known as AyOdhyA as well as AparAjithA (Unassailable and invincible). Vedam points out that this aprAkrutha lOkam ( the world beyond prakruthi maNDalam ) can not be won in battles (AyOdhyA ) and can never ever be conquered in battles (AparAjithA).

The Nikandu defines the Lord as AparAjithan with the power to rule over others totally and that His actions can not be obstructed by anyone at any time or by any means .The city-state serving as the abode of such an AparAjithan becomes AparAjithA.

The Sruthi Vaakhyams used as PramANam by Bhattar ar: "DEvAnAm pUrayOdhyA ; vivEsAparAjithA : parENa Naakam nihitham guhAyAm". Bhattar points out that dhivya Lokam of Sri Vaikuntam is beyond Prakruthi Mandalam (ParENa naakam sthithA).

The Third Paadham of the SlOkam 

 "BhAvai: adhbhutha bhOga bhUma-guhanai: saandhrA sudhaasyandhibhi:" is the third paadham . This is an elaboration of AchArya RaamAnujA's Sri Vaikunta gadhyam passage: "sarvathA anubhUyamaAnairapi apoorvavath aascharyam aavahathbhi:". The objects at Sri Vaikuntam are sources of nectarine experiences. They are most delectable. They are densely linked aanandhAnubhavams.They yield unparalled delight during enjoyment.Even if one enjoys them often , they are insatiable (aparyApthAmrutham). Sri Vaikunta Gadhyam goes into rapturous lengths to describe these aanandhAnubhavams.

The Fourth Paadham of the SlOkamm 

"SrirangEswara gEha Lakshmi! yuvayOsthvAm RaajadhAnIm vidhu:" is the fourth paadham . This VaiKunta dhivya Nahar is Your capital. Both Of You as dhivya dampathis preside over it.This is what the Vedic scholars describe .

The Gruha Lakshmi of Lord RangarAjA is saluted here by Bhattar as " SrirangEswara gEha Lakshmi". Te 46th slOkam of Sri Vaikutna Sthavam salutes the joint rulership of Sri Vaikuntam by this dhivya Mithunam : "niravathi: Nithya VibhUthi Tava niyathA:, SamathItha SeemA LakshmI: Tava niyathA priyA (Tath nithya vibhUthi: SamAthItha Seema LakshmI: niyatha:) This RaajadhAni of Sri Vaikuntam of limitless glories is sEsha BhUtham for You as well as to MahA Lakshmi of immeasurable kalyNa guNams (MaanAthitha praTitha VibhavAM tasmai niyatha:).

From here on, Bahttar describes the Isvaryams enjoyed by Sri RanganAyaki at Sri Vaikuntam with Her Lord.

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