In this series, we will go on a pradakshina of Bharata desha as we present, each month, a kirtan composed by His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji on a particular kshetra, starting from south India and then going north.
Tirupati – Lord Srinivasa
With the dawn of the age of Kali, misdeeds and wrongdoings were rampant and spirituality was on a decline. The Lord, out of compassion decided to come down on Earth and stay here to relieve pain and suffering. As a result, he manifested as Lord Srinivasa of Tirupati in a wondrous tall form with four arms. Sporting the holy conch and disc in His upper hands, his lower left hand rests on his waist and His lower right hand (called ’Varadahastam’, the boon-granting hand) points to His feet. It appears as if He invites us to take shelter under His feet and promises that the ocean of birth and death will then be only knee-deep and easy to cross!
Many a Mahan have sung the Lord of this foremost ‘Divya Desam’. Sri Sri Swamiji too has visited Tirupati and sung numerous kirtans on the Lord. One such kirtan is “Sesha girimaham…” in which he describes the astonishing form of the Lord. The lyrics and the meaning are presented here.
keshAdi pAda mohAnAkAram
sadA ramA vAsita vakshasthalam
saptagiri shikhare gambhIravAsam
shankachakradharam katihastham— drashTum
makarakundaladharam mohita manmatham
nikaravaibhava rahita kshethra nivAsam
sharaNyabhaktajana pratyaksha daivatam — drashTum
I am going to Seshagiri!
I shall behold Lord Srinivasa!
Who has an attractive form from head to toe
Who protected the devotee Kesavasuri—to see Him…
In whose bosom Lakshmi ever resides
Who lives majestically atop the seven hills
Who has beautiful arms and sports garlands
Who holds the conch and the disc and has His hand on His waist — to see Him…
Who wears the fish shaped earrings
Whose beauty attracts the Lord of Love
Who lives in a place whose fame is unparalleled
Who is glorified and who has lotus-like eyes
Who is the Lord manifest of all who surrender unto Him — to see Him…
Who has beautiful cheeks and a beautiful nose
Whose hands bestow boons and whose feet are lotus-like
Who wears a diadem and sports an attractive smile
Who is Muralidhara’s favorite and who wears yellow garments — to see Him…
– Sowmya Balasubramanian, San Jose CA