Yentaro Mahanubhavulu! Srimadh Azhagiyasingargal - THE PRIDE OF SRIRANGAM!
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Sri Desikarallal Deivamillai!Sri Namperumal had the Kainkaryam of ConstructingSri Rangam Rajagopuram with the Lotus Hands ofSrimadh Azhagiya Singargal!Today's Sri Rangam became what it is today, because of Sri Ahobila Mutt Jeeyars!Sri Jeeyars of Srimadh Ahobila Mutt, the matchless Aacharyas in the path of Sri Ramanuja and Swamy Srimadh Vedantha Desikar!Today is the Thirunakshathram of 45th Aacharya of Srimadh Ahobila Mutt!44th Jeeyar of Srimadh Ahobila Mutt,a great Aacharya of our Times :"In those days when the travel was arduous and mostly done by foot and pallaki, the 43rd Jeer was once on his sanchara going in a pallaki. It was a usual sight at such times to see our 44th Jeer (then in his poorvashrama) accompanying the pallaki by foot holding invariably a head-load of firewood and a pot of water. In case the Jeer felt thirsty, the latter was thus ready to prepare hot water in an instant and serve his Acharya! What an example of one's service towards his master."THE PRIDE OF SRIRANGAM by S. RamanarasuThe Hindu respects Srimadh Mukkur Azhagiya SingerThe towering 236-feet Rajagopuram of the Sri Ranganatha temple at Srirangam was a dream come true for the 44 th Pontiff of the Ahobilaa Mutt. Constructed in a short span of eight years, this unique gopuram is a testimony to the single-minded devotion of the Pontiff of the ancient Vaisnanite mutt, popularly known as Azhagiasinger and Jeer.
It is because of his efforts that the plan to build a Rajagopuram was accomplished in I987.
The Rajagopuram is not just the realisation of the JeerUs dream in which Lord Ranganathan himself appeared and asked him to take up the task, but also a fullfilment of the Kanchi ParamacharyaUs vision that a MAHAN would be instrumental in its construction on the mottai gopuram at the Srirangam temple.
The Jeer had come from his Mukkur camp in North Arcot district with a sankalpam to take up this endeavour. The sleepless nights the Jeer spent before accomplishing the herculean task, the way he mobilized resources, all speak volumes of his indomitable will, perseverence, and above all his commitment to the mission. Unmindful of hid age, he supervised the construction at every stage, climbing winding steep steps and also the lift carrying brick and cement to the top.He used to encourage the masons and workers and personally disburse wages.
If one can notice the absence of any divine figures or stucco images of Vaishnavite gods or representations on the gopuram, it is due to the JeerUs efforts to keep controversy ay bay. What several kings could not achive, the Jeer accomplished. Even on the eve of the consecration, he had to face some problems over the date of the samprokshanam fixed on March 25, 1987.Some persons argued with the Jeer to change the date, for the visit if the then President of India Mr. R. Venkataraman and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu late M.G.Ramachandran was not finalised.
Refusing to revise the date, the Jeer remained undaunted and even announced that samprokshanam of the Rajagopuram will be performed as scheduled and none could stop him from performing the consecretion.
The massive Rajagopuram is the pride of the Srirangam temple which spreads over an area of about 155 acres with the seven prakaras (streets) and 21 towers on all the four sides of the temple.
The total height of the Rajagopuram from the ground is 236 foot. The length and breadth at the base is 166 feet and 97 feet, while the length and breadth at the top is 98 feet and 32 feet.
The 13 tiers of the Gopuram were built with contributions from the Ahobila Mutt, Srimad Andavan of Periasramam, His holiness Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments, personal contribution by music director Mr. Ilayaraja, the devotees frpm Tiruchi and Srirangam, donations collected by Srimad Azhagiashimself and the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious Endowmwnt and Charities department. At least 200 owrkers were employed daily for nearly eight years.
The Srirangam temple which used to depend on the Mariamman temple at Samyapuram, for maintenance funds has seen a big jump in its revenue after the construction of the Rajagopuram. Devotees are pouring in from all over India to witness this twentyth century marvel Thanks to the JeerUs endeavour, today the Srirangam temple is self-sufficient.