R12. HEAD OF SRIRANGAM TEMPLE

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

SRI RAMANUJA

When Ramanuja became Full-fledged
Vaishanava Devotee he was elevated
As the Head of the Srirangam Temple
But to manage it was not so simple.

A number of irregularities
Came up to his personal notice
And he took up timely actions
To enforce corrective measures.

He dismissed some office bearers,
And took new hands in their places,
On which there arose a big resistance,
From the head priest and a few others.

To poison him the priest tried
But the murder plot failed,
As the Lord was with him,
To free him well in time.

The people at large appreciated
His new measures, well planned,
And his efficient management,
Which were more in their interest.

The Southern Vaishnavism,
Known as Sri-Vaishnavism,
Was devoted to the Lord,
More on Krishna as God.

Many hymns were composed
Praising Ranganatha, the Lord,
By twelve famous devotees,
Who were known as Alvars.

It showed their love for God,
Treating Him as a comrade,
Or as a partner, or a child,
Or a servant of their Lord.

It was one of the great Alvars,
Named as Tirumangai Alvar,
Who had renovated the temple
At Srirangam to a great level.

Perhaps it was God’s will then,
In South only all Alvars were born,
Like the great devotee Ramanuja,
To worship their Lord Narayana.

R11. DEPARTURE TO SRIRANGAM
SRI RAMANUJA
R13. THE TAMIL VEDA

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