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Stotras of Vedanta Desika

by Sri D. Ramaswamy Ayyangar
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13. Paramartha Stuti

Lord Vijayaraghava Perumal of Tirupputkuzhi (50th mile from Madras on the Madras-Bangalore Trunk Road) is celebrated in this stotra of 10 slokas. This Perumal has been referred to by Tirumangai Alvar as Poreru (valorous in war). Following that, Desika addresses the Lord as Rana-pungava and Aahava-pungava. The name of the kshetra is Tirupputkuzhi (Sacred bird pit). Jatayu Pushkarani (tank) is next east of the temple and there is a small shrine for Jatayu on its eastern bank Slokas 1 and 7 refer to Jatayu, the puL or bird referred to.

This stotram has been sung for the daily contemplation of Prapannas as stated in sloka 10. The paramartha or supreme meaning can be said to have been stated in slokas 6 and 9.

Devanagari Text

14. Sudarsana Ashtakam

This stotra of eight slokas (plus one phalasruti) is in praise of Sudarsana, the weapon known as chakraayudha held by the Lord in His right hand. Sudarsana is Hetiraja or king of weapons. His power to protect those who seek his help, His beauty of form, His greatness and glory on which all the Devas rely -- are all sung about in a very attractive metre (vrittam) called dhriti chandas. The last quarter in each sloka is the same, like a refrain. Even if our mind-chariot runs over uneven terrain, we will be protected by this great wheel (chakra) if we read and recite this stotra in his praise. (9)

English Translation with Notes - Devanagari Text

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