Cuddalore Vaishnavaite Clash Painful Anachara

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 23:13

It gives me great pain to write this post.


Sri Devanathaswamy Temple at Tiruppadiripuliyur,Cuddalore is the center of the controversy.


The High Court of Madras has to make certain valid observations which should have been have known to the groups concerned.


This is a pictorial depiction of Thenkalai and...

This is a pictorial depiction of Thenkalai and Vadagalai Thiruman side by side with pointers to the differences. Thiruman is the caste or religious mark adorned on the forehead by the followers of vishnu. It reprsents the feet of the lord and his wife consort lakshmi. Apart from the menfolk wearing the centre thiruman this mark is used to brand the temples and places of worship. There are two subsects called Thenkalai (Southerners) Vadagalai (Northerners). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As one who hails from Srivilliputtur, the home of Andal and reasonably exposed to Vaishnavism,I am pained and hurt at this.


Earlier there have cases galore on which Vaishnavaite mark to use for Kanchi Varadharaja Perumal Temple.


This went on for years.


Are the learned scholars of both the sects aware that the other Religious Groups are laughing at us for this act?


Please do not quote Catholics, Protestants, Shia and Sunni.


We are Hindus.


Vedas are our Pramana.


We know that there was no Advaita , Visistadvaita or Dwaita in the Vedas.


It is a question of interpretation by the Acharayas who had taken into considerations the social conditions at the point of enunciating their Bhashyas.


It is a question of Perspectives.


All our perspectives need not converge.


Krishna does not advocate this divisions.


Why differentiate?


Does it not look silly when we worship a Cowherd and a Kshatriya, yet war amongst us, who belong to the same community?


The division of Vadakalai and Thenkalai does not have the sanction of the Vedas.


This act in the premises of Hayagriva, Lord of Wisdom?


When shall we grow?




Brokering peace between two warring sects of Vaishnavites, and disapproving the controversial practice of one sect closing doors of a famous temple in Cuddalore during a procession by the other sect, the Madras high court has said a true Vaishnavite does not cause pain to others.

“One who is a Vaishnava knows the pain of others, does good to others, does not let pride enter his mind, tolerates and praises the entire world, and does not say bad things about any one,” said Justice V Ramasubramanian, quoting from Nasinh Mehta’s rendition “Vaishnava Janato’.

The judge said doors of Devanatha Swamy Temple at Thiruvendipuram in Cuddalore, managed by Vadakalai sect of Vaishnavites, should not be closed when their counterparts in the Thenkalai sect take out Manavala Mamunigal procession on Sunday. He also asked police to ensure that the procession passes off peacefully.

The dispute is between Vadakalai and Thenkalai sects of Vaishnavites. Thenkalai sect takes out the deity of Manavala Mamunigal in a procession and chants Divya Prabandhams, after lighting camphor in front of Devanatha Swamy Temple. The Vadakalai sect wanted to close the doors of the main entrance to the temple at that time. After Hindu Religious & Chartable Endowments commissioner refused permission to close the temple, a petition was filed seeking permission to close the temple entrance and to restrain Thenkalai members from reciting Divya Prabandhams. Another petition was filed by Swami Govinda Ramanuja Dassar.

Justice Ramasubramanian said: “Even as per the Sastras, doors to the entrance of a temple constructed as per the Aagamas cannot be closed, except during fixed hours and except during certain inauspicious times. Therefore, the doors of the main entrance shall not be closed when the procession of the deity of Manavala Mamunigal is taken out.”

The judge asked the processionists not to light camphor when the deity passes through the temple, but said: “It is neither fair, not possible to prohibit the precisionists from chanting Divya Prabhandams and stopping for a few minutes in front of the temple, since it happens to be a public road. However, the processionists shall not obstruct the ingress and egress of devotees to the temple.”




Vishnu With Four Heads

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 18:27

Lord Vishnu ,from the Vedic stand point, is a form of Narayana,who is a manifestation of Purusha.


Vishnu is the Protector, the word Vishnu is from the Sanskrit word ‘Jishnu’, that which sustains.


His forms are many ,so are His Avatars, numbering 10/12.


Vishnu with FourHeads.jpg


The Vishnu Sahasranama calls Him as,





‘Chaturmurthi,Chatur  Bahu’, Chatur Vyuha, Chatur Gathi ‘four headed, with four arms, four manifestations, and four Goals.


I was curious to find out the reference as one normally sees Vishnu with One head and Four arms.


The first reference of  Vishnu with Head appears in the Mahabharata.


Though I am unable to locate any temple associated with this form., there are Temples in Kashmir with this Icon.


If there is any temple or the Icon is known to some people, please send in the information.


The Four Heads represent ,






Varaha, the Boar Avatar,


and Kapila ,representing Ferociousness or Asura Bhava.


This is one interpretation.


My view is that as Sage Kapila, the Founder of Samkhya System of Indian Philosophy, is an Avatar of Vishnu, the fourth face may represent him.


Pancharatra system explains thus,


Vasudeva (Krishna), Samkarshana (Balarama), Pradyumna and Aniruddha – four vyuhas (manifestations) of Vishnu.








Shiva’s Daughter Asoka Sundari

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 13:14

We know of the children of Lord Shiva and Parvati,Subrahmanya born of Shiva, Ganesha of Parvati.


Veeabhadra is also considered as the son of Lord Shiva.


But Lord Shiva and Parvati has a daughter as well, says The Padma Purana.


Lord Shiva being of Yogic disposition, goes off to Kailash often.


Feeling lonely Parvati prayed the Kalpa Vruksha for a companion and thus was born Ashoka Sunadri.


She is considered as the child of Shiva along with Subrahmanya and Ganesha.


Since Lord Shiva frequently went out of Kailash to get rid of the demons and other negative forces, Parvati used to feel very lonely. So, She asked for a daughter from the wish fulfilling tree to get rid of Her loneliness. Soon Her wish was granted and Ashok Sundari was born. The girl was named Ashok Sundari because Ashok means without sorrow as she got rid of Parvati’s sorrow. Sundari means beautiful. Since the girl was extremely beautiful, hence She was named Ashok Sundari by Parvati. Nothing much is mentioned about her in most scriptures apart from the fact that she was present at the time Ganesha was beheaded. Ashok Sundari got frightened by her father’s act and hid behind a sack of salt. When Parvati came to know about Her son’s fate, She became extremely angry. Out of anger She also cursed Ashok Sundari to become a part of salt. Later when Ganesha’s head was restored by Shiva, Parvati and Shiva revived their daughter and pacified her. Hence, Ashok Sundari is also associated with salt without which food would be tasteless. Apart from a few legends, the existence as Shiva’s daughter is not known by most people. However, in some parts of India few folklore are popular like in Bengal it is believed that Goddess Manasa was a daughter of Shiva who was born accidentally when Lord Shiva’s semen touched a statue which was made by the mother of snakes named Kadru.


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