R15. VISITS TO RELIGIOUS PLACES

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

SRI RAMANUJA

Ramanuja went on his visits,
To several religious places,
In order to get the blessings
Of the various Temple Deities.

By challenging with Pundits
Of other school of thoughts,
His sole aim was to spread
The Vaishnavism far and wide.

He visited several temples
In the Southern regions,
And went to North then
To cover temples one by one.

To Kashmir when he went,
The Pundits of Sarada Mutt,
Argued right and left with him,
And he failed to convert them.

But he converted thereafter
The then Ruler of Kashmir
To his faith on Vaishnavism,
Thus he succeeded in his aim.

At Kasi he met several Pundits,
Who after hearing his lectures,
Accepted his faith willingly,
And he converted them finally.

At Puri he opened an Embar Mutt,
But scholars there, fearing defeat,
Couldn’t face his challenges,
And stayed back in silence.

After visiting many places
At Tirupati he settled a case
Of doubt if the Deity image
Was like Siva or Vishnu.

By the power of his inner vision,
He settled the dispute in question,
In favor of Vaishanavas then
To best of their satisfaction.

After his long successful mission,
Back he took charge once again,
As the Temple Head at Srirangam
With his renewed enthusiasm.

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SRI RAMANUJA
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