Ramanuja 's Temple Reincarnate
How would it be if the cakes and rolls you indulged in this time were all organic?
Udayavar or Sri Ramanuja (1017-1137 AD) was the first, great organiser of the temple administration. The Koil Olugu says that from the days of Tirumangarazhwaar and before, there was a five-fold division of temple servants, vrz., Kovanavar, Kodavar, Koduvaleduppar, Paaduvar and Thazhaiyiduvar. Udayavar expanded this five-fold division to a tenfold one, viz.,
Tiruppatiyat, Tiruppani Seivar, Bhagavata Nambis, Ullurar, Vinnappam Seivar, Tirukkaragakkaiyar, Sthanattar,. Bhattalkottu, Aryabhattal and. Dasanambis.
Each group had several duties, which were fixed by Udayavar. There were Brahmana servants collectively referred to as Kovanavar. There were also ten groups of non-brahmin servants and several Ekankis.
Except Mathurakavi Alwat all the other eleven Alwars have sung in praise of Lord Ranganatha performed Mangalasasanam
in Srirangam. Thus only Lord Ranganatha has the distinction of being sung in praise by the maximum of number of Azhvars, hence known as Pathinmar Paadiya perumal. Even Lord Srinivasa Himself was sung in praise by
ten azhvars only in contrast.
|Kulasekara Aazhwar||-||31 Paa surams|
|Thirumazhisai Aazhwar||-||14 Paasurams|
|Thondaradipodi Aazhwar||-||55 Paasurams|
|Thirupaan Aazhwar||-||10 Paa-surams|
|Thirumangai Aazhwar||-||73 Paasurams|
|Poigai Aazhwar||-||1 Paasuram|
|Total -247 Paasurams in Naalaayira Dhivyaprabhandham|
Chakarartazhwaar srands for Vishnu in His Ferocious aspect
Courtesy :KVB Srirangam, M.K.Balasubramanian, JC/Eo, Srirangam temple. With Thanks: Sri Vaishnava, Sri A Krishnamachari and K Vasudevan.