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Introduction:

The Temple of Sri Yadokthakari (Sonna Vannam Seida Perumal)     The temple of Sri Yadokthakari is situated one kilometer to the west of rolex replica Sri Varadharaja's temple in the little Kancheepuram. It is one of the famous 108 Srivaishnavite Divyasthalas. Sri Poigai Azhawar, Sri Peyazhwar, Sri Tirumazhisai Azhwar, Sri Nammazhwar and Sri Tirumangai Azhwar have sung in praise of this Lord Yadokthakari.

    Lord Vishnu had to take a number of forms to save Brahma's yanga from impendiments. Sri Deepaprakasar, Sri Velukkainathar, Sri Ashtabujar and Sri Yadokthakari are the karanaroopas of Lord Vishnu in his efforts to avert interruption to Brahma's yanga and are connected with the emergence of Sri Varadharaj in Kanchi from the sacrificial fire of Brahma.

    Once there ensued a dispute between Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi about the relative merits of the two. Unable to settle the issue themselves, they approached Indra, the Chief of Devas for opinion which was in favour of Lakshmi the Goddess of replica watches uk richess. Saraswathi got angry at this and cursed Indra. Then, they went to Brahma seeking his help in the settlement of their dispute. As Brahma's verdict also was in favour of Lakshmi, Saraswathi got annoyed and in anger decided to be away from the company of Brahma and remain in seclusion. It is at that time, Brahma desired to have the Sakshathkara of Lord Vishnu and for the fulfilment of his desire wanted to perform Aswamedhayaga in Kancheepuram and as Saraswathi went away in anger he had to perform the sacrifice without his consort.

    This added fuel to the fire and Saraswathi got furious and was bent upon causing impediments to Brahmas sacrifice. She created fire by her supernatural power and directed the flames towards the sacrificial site. Brimming with compassion at the devotion of breitling replica Brahma, Lord Vishnu appeared on the spot and intercepted the fire and held it out as a lamp and averted the destruction of the sacrificial site. So he came to be called as "Deepaprakasa".

    The temple of Deepaprakasa is situated about half a kilometer to the west of the temple of Sri Yadokthakari. Deepaprakasa is in a standing posture under Srikaravimana facing the west. Nammazhawar and Thirumangaiazhwar have sung in Praise of Sri Deepaprakasar. In the vicinity of the temple of Sri Deepaprakasa is the sannidhi of the great Vaishnavite Acharya, Sri Nigamantha Mahadesika. Once there was a dense growth of grass in this place and so it came to be called Thooppul. This place is also sacred as being the birth place of Sri Desikar.

The Temple of Sri Yadokthakari (Sonna Vannam Seida Perumal)     There is another divyasthala called Velukkai near the temple of Sri Deepaprakasar. This is the Shrine of Lord Vishnu with the name "Mukundanayaka". Though it is said in puranas that Lord Mukundanayaka appeared in a standing posture to Saint Brugu, the Presiding deity in this temple now is in the form of Sri Narasimha. It is said that this Narahari nullified the evil effects of Kapalika employed by Saraswathi to destroy the sacrifice of Brahma. Peyazhwar and Thirumangaiazhwar have sung in praise of this 'Narahari' or Azhagiyasingar.

    Un successul in her attemps to cause obstruction to Brahma's sacrifice, Saraswathi, Herself took the form of a river and rushed towards the sacrificial site with the intention of washing away the arrangements for the sacrifice. To make Saraswathi realise her folly and to make the world know that there cannot be harmony in life without the co-operation of the wise, and also to reinforce faith in Dharma that when a devotee completely surrenders unto God, the Almighty takes care of the devotee's welfare, Lord Vishnu again baffled Saraswathi's plans. He lied down on His serpent couch reposing before the stream. Saraswathi's bashfulness, the characteristic of a chaste woman, did not embolden her to go beyond the reposing Lord. Repenting for her deeds, she gave up her plans and decided to enter a fissuere on earth and proceed as an underground stream and reached the other end of the sacrificial site only to join Brahma in compromise. Lord Vishnu in the lying posture came to be called Sri. Bhujagasayana, thenceforth, meaning the Lord reposing on the serpent couch.

 
Bhujagasayana takes the title of Yadokthakari:

The Temple of Sri Yadokthakari (Sonna Vannam Seida Perumal)     Once sage Bhargava perfomed penance in Thirumazhisai known as Maheesarakshethra. This sacred place is near Madras on the Madras- Kanchipuram Trunk road and is near Poovirundavalli. He got a male child through Kanakangi, a celestial damsel. The child ,was not fully developed when it was born and so Kanakangi left the child in a cane bush and went back to her abode. The child, incarnate of 'Sri Sudarsanachakra, the celestial wheel of Lord Vishnu was lying in the cane bush when Lord Jagannatha and his consort Lakshmi sanctifying the temple in Tirumazhisai, appeared and showered. Their Grace on the child. At the merciful glance of the Lord, the deformed body became whole and the child endowed with a captivating personality began to cry.

    Thiruvalaan, a resident of a nearby village who chanced to pass by the bush, saw the crying child, and brought it home. Considering it as a boon granted by the Lord to them, he and his wife brought up the child with all affection naming it as 'Sivavakyar'. The foster-parents and the neighbours were astonished to notice that the child was devoid of the symptoms of hunger and thirst. It did not show any interest whotsoever even the breast feeding. Yet the child was having its normal growth. At that time, there lived another couple in the neighbouring village who were also longing for progeny. Receiving reports about the divine child, they came to see the child. According to tradition, one should not go with empty hands while visiting children, temples, divine personalities and gurus. Accordingly they brought a jar full of cow's milk in a spirit of devotion. To the surprise of all, the divine child accepted the offering and drank a portion of the milk. The couple considered themselves very much fortunate and consumed the remnants of the offering. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a male child. They named the child as Kanikannan, who later became the disciple of Sivavakyar.

    As Sivavakyar, the son of Bhargava grew in age, he undertook an intensive study of a number of religions but could not decide on the choice of the religion to be adapted by him. At that stage, Sivavakyar chanced to meet Sri Peyazhwar and a debate on religion ensued between them. Sivavakyar tasted defeat at the hands of Peyazhwar and thus became his disciple embracing Vaishnavism and became a devout vaishnavite. Lord Siva appeared before Sivavakyar and put him to test. In apprecition of his meditation on Lord Vishnu in a yogic posture Lord Parameswar conferred the title of Bakthisarar on Sivavakyar, who also came to be known as Thurmazhisai Alwar later.

    Bhakthisarar paid a visit to Mayurapuri, known as Mylapore now, which was the birth place of his spiritual mentor Peyazhwar. He stayed at Mylapore for some time and returned to Thirumazhisai. But he was very much depressed, as he could not find the casket containing the sacred 該uman' in its usual place to adorn his forehead. That night, Sri Venkateswara, that Lord of Seven Hills appeared in his dream and suggested to him to search for his Thiruman Casket in the tank of temple of Sri Bhujagasayanar in Kancheepuram.

    Bakthisarar praised Lord Srinivasa for the abundance of his kindness, and came to Kancheepuram. His joy knew no bounds when he located his thiruman casket in the sacred tank, in the precincts of the temple of Lord Bhujagasayana, which also happened to be the birth place of Poiga Azhwar. Bakthisarar stayed at Kanchi and began to spend his time in doing service to Lord Bhujagasayana.

    Having come to know the glory of Bhakthisarar, Kanikannan came to Kanchipuram, became his disciple and assisted him in the worship of Lord Bhujagasayana. At that time, an old crippled lady used to clean the temple premises every day.

    Bakthisarar was pleased with her services to the Lord and made her an exquisitely beautiful lady with his divine powers.

    Pallavaraya, who ruled Kanchi at that time, married the lady having been captivated by her beauty. As time passed, the king grew old while the beauty of the lady did not diminish, by the grace of Bakthisara. The old king met Kanikannan during one of his daily visits to the palace for collecting food grains as Biksha. The king requested Kanikannan to bring his spriritual teacher, Bakthisarar to his palace since he also desired to regain his youth by the grace of Bakthisara.

    Kanikannan expressed his inability to comply with the request of the king to bring his teacher to the place since Bakthisara never stirred out of his abode to visit anybody. The disappointed king then exhorted Kanikannan, a balled composer of rare merit, to sing in Praise of him. Kanikannan did not yield even to this request of the king. He not only refused to comply with the request of the king but also stated that he would not extoll mortals. However, he sang in praise of the deities sanctifying the city of Kanchi to show his mettle. Bubbling with anger, the king banished Kanikannan from the city of Kanchipuram as a punishment.

    Kanikannan returned to the temple and reported the matter to his teacher Bakthisara and prayed for his blessings, before leaving Kancheepuram to carry out the King's orders. Bakthisara was very much distressed at the harsh treatment meted out to a devotee by the king and felt that he should not also stay at a place where the devotees could not get proper treatment. So he himself decided to leave Kanchi along with Kanikannan. Fully aware of the Truth that God forgives readily those offending Him but not those affending His true devotees, Bakthisara appealed to the Lord Bhujagasayana in a soul stirring verse to follow them and the Lord did so.

    After the departure of the true devotees from Kanchi, and at the disappearance of the Lord Bhujagasayana from the temple, the whole city of Kanchi was enveloped by dense darkness. It was then that the king realised his utter folly and rushed with his subjects to pray to Bakthisara and Kanikannan to return to Kanchi, forgiving his mistake. The anger of great people is always short-lived and out of his natural quality of compassion, Bakthisara accepted the prayers of the king and agreed to return to Kanchi with Kanikannan and in turn prayed again to the Lord Bhujagasayana to return to Kanchi with them and sanctify the Thiruvekka in Kanchi as before. Again the Lord obliged.

    However, on return, Lord Bhujagasayana lay down on His serpent couch reposing His head this time on His left hand instead of His original posture of reposing His head on the right hand. He did so only to make the world know by this difference in His posture how faithfully. He carried out the wishes of Bakthisara, the sincere devotee. Thenceforth, Lord Bhujagasayana of Tiruvekka in Kanchi came to be called as "Lord Yadokthakari" or 'Sonnavannam Seida perumal' meaning the Lord who acted according to the wishes of His devotee. The sacred spot where the Lord spent one night in their company is called "Orirukkai". Poigaiazhwar, Peyazhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar and Nammazhwar have sung in praise of this Lord 'Sri Yadokthakari". It is in the lotus tank of this temple that the first of the Alwars, the Poigai Azhwar was born in a Lotus of the poigai or the tank in the asterism "Sravana" in the month of Asvija. Aippasi Thiruvonam day is celebrated as the Saturumurai day of Poigai Azhwar in this temple on a grand scale.

    Lord Sonnavannam Seidaperumal or the Lord Yadokthakari dwells here as Seshasayi beneath Vedasara Vimana facing the west. The consort of Sri Yadokthakari is worshippped in the name of Sri Komalavalli. The brahmotsavam of this Lord is celebrated in asterism Revathi in the month of Panguni. Devotees come here every day in large numbers to have darshan and get their desire fulfilled by the grace of Lord Yadokthakari and Mother Goddess Sri Komalavalli.

OM NAMO NARAYANAYA