10 beautiful verses of ThirupaanAzhvaar in praise of Srirangam Ranganatha
Belonging to a lower caste, an almost embarrassed Thirupaan Azhvaar would not enter the Srirangam Temple and chose to sing praise of Lord Ranganatha from the banks of Cauvery. One day,Sage Lokasaranga found it difficult to collect water for the Lord as ThirupaanAzhvaar, immersed in his daily praise of Lord Ranganatha, blocked his path. Angered at this, the Sage threw stones at the Azhvaar who started to bleed from the forehead.
Later the Sage found to his shock Lord Ranganatha too bleeding from his forehead. Lord Ranganatha reminds the sage that ThirupaanAzhvaar is just as devoted as him and asks him to carry the Azhvaar on his shoulder to the temple. Sage goes back and carries him all the way back to the temple.
One finds the Thirupaan Azhvaar Sannidhi on the right side behind the Ranga Vilas Mandapam when one enters the Srirangam Ranganatha Temple from the Southern entrance.
Amalan Aathipiraan Adiyaarku Ennai Aatpadutha Vimalan
Vinnvarkon Viraiyaar Pozhil Venkatavan
Nimalan NinMalan Neethi Vaanavan
Neel Mathil ArangathAmmaan
En Kannin Ullana Okkinrathey- 927
The Lord, the King of the celestials,is surrounded by fragrant groves. His Golden rule is always ‘Justice’ and ‘Fairness’. The Lord of Srirangam, surrounded by the huge lofty walls, always remains in my thoughts and my eyes are always seeing his auspicious feet. I am a slave of him (and his devotees).