Madhura Geetam – Bharata Pradakshina 18

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.

Tiruvallikeni – Sri Parthasarathy

The next kshetra that we will cover in this Madhura Geetham series is located in the heart of Chennai city. Triplicane or Tiruvallikeni is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chennai, and lies near the seashore. It is so old that in fact, it has been mentioned by Tirumangai Azhwar in one of his pasurams (divine hymns). He refers to the place as a dense forest.
Sri ParthasarathyAlthough, the modern day Triplicane is in no way close to this description, the neighborhood is still an important pilgrim spot for the devotees of Lord Krishna. Here, the Lord has manifested in the form of Parthasarathy, the charioteer of Partha(Arjuna). Hence, the Lord has a moustache and holds only the conch in his hand. He is also known as Venkata Krishnan.
Triplicane was also referred to as ‘Brindavana of South’ because the area was full of Tulsi (Brinda) plants.
This temple is one of the favorites of Sri Swamiji. In fact, in the recent past, this temple was renovated and Mahasamprokshanam was performed with Sri Swamiji’s blessings. Below is a beautiful composition of Sri Swamiji on the Perumal here, in Thodi Raga.

Venkata Krishnam Upasmahe

Ragam: Thodi

venkata krishnam upAsmahe
vedavalli nAyakam upAsmahe

samudra tIra rasikam shveta vastra dhAriNam
sharaNAgata jana uddhAraNa gotram

bhUmi nILA devI sahitam jalaja vilochanam
janjala jala jala nUpura bhUshitam
pAnchajanyadharam pArthasAratim
bhAvuka muraLIdhara priya deivatham

Meaning
We worship VenkataKrishna
We worship Vedavalli’s consort

The One who loves the sea shore and wears a white garment
The One who belongs to the lineage that uplifts the souls seeking refuge

He stands with Goddess Earth and Goddess nILA and has lotus eyes
He wears shiny jingling anklets
He sports the conch ‘Panchajanya’ and is Arjuna’s charioteer
He is devoted Muralidhara’s favorite Lord!

Sowmya Balasubramanian, Fremont CA

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