Ramanuja Sahasrabdi celebrations concluded on a grand note in Divya Saketham. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple in the morning to be part of the celebrations. HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji sang melodious Ramanuja manthra and all the devotees joined Him in the bhajan. The hearts of all were filled with love, devotion, joy towards our great acharya Sri Ramanujacharya. HH told a small snippet about how a lady belonging to cowherd caste, a backward class, got moksha – eternal joy with His permission. HH concluded saying that the Supreme Lord in Srirangam gave the responsibility of both worlds – materialistic world and eternal world to Bhagavad Ramanujacharya and we have to surrender to Him to get paramapadam. Now that we have surrendered, we need not even think about our evolvement as it is our Acharya’s responsibility to take care of us jivas. Meanwhile, it is our duty to perform our responsibilities properly towards ourselves, our family, society and nature. HH extended mangalasasanams to all for celebrating Our Acharya’s Birthday before leaving for New Delhi to attend the Sri Ramanujacharya Commemorative Stamp Release by Prime Minister Smn. Narendra Modiji. Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji and Sri Devanattha Jeeyar Swamiji chanted Sri Ashtotthara Namavali and Thirunakshathra thaniyan offering many harathis to Bhagavad Ramanujacharya. The morning program concluded with thirttham and many varieties of prasadams. Thadiyaradhana with sumptuous dishes were served to all devotees.
In the afternoon, reviving the old art forms, JIVA gurukulam students performed ‘tholu bommalata’ – Shadow Puppets Show depicting the life history of Sri Ramanujacharya. It was really amazing to see the Vedic students expanding their horizons and showing their expertise in forgotten arts. Later, young and older boys dressed up as Ramanujacharya. It was a delightful sight to see so many Ramanujacharyas – right from 10 months old to a young man on the stage. JIVA Gurukulam students too participated in the show. Everyone chanted Sri Ramanuja Ashtotthara namavali. Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji and Devanattha Jeeyar Swamiji offered mangalasasanams to the participants.
Later, inthe evening, Sriman Gurujada along with his team of nearly 70 students dedicated their prayers to Sri Ramanujacharya by playing voilin. It was a fine sight to watch the students moving the bows in one rhythm. It was a feast to the ears to listen the melodious Sri Ramanujacharya bhajans and kirthans played by students aged from 8 years and above synchronizing with the artists on Veena, mridangam, pad etc.
Bhagavad Ramanujacharya came in a procession to the Saketha mandapam and blessed the artists. Sri Taraka Ramarao sang 4 songs and enthralled the audience. Sri Ahobila Jeeyar Swamiji and Sri Devanattha Jeeyar Swamiji appreciated their performances and gave mangalasasanams to the participants.
Afterwards, Ramanujacharya Swami seated on an elephant was taken in a procession around the temple led by kolatam by ladies, blowing of trumpets, beating of drums, devotees dancing in ecstacy amidst chanting of vedic hymns in glory of Swamy Ramanujacharya. It was a glorious sight to watch the grand procession. Sri Ramanujacharya beautifully adorned in saffron clothes with shimmering jewels sat majestically on the elephant with a loving look gracing all the devotees.
After the parade entered the temple, harathi was performed to Ramanujacharya Swamy concluding the day’s program with thirttha and prasada goshti.

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