Before I proceed to the article,I would like to inform my readers that I am well.
And those who rang me up,sent emails enquiring about my welfare as my articles have not appeared for quite sometime.
Since my return from UK during the last week of May,2019,I have not written much.
And my thanks to those who enquired.
Reason for not posting articles is that I did not feel the urge to write,though I have information for about 470 articles,by way of links,drafts.
As readers know I write when I feel the urge, though,when I read I note,book mark links/information for future reference.
All the articles I have posted till now are those written immediately because of inner compulsion.
Now to the matter at hand.
I have,for quite a few years,meaning to write on Sri Ramanujarcharya,His works,Visishtadvaida,and Azhwars.
Quite a few readers have been asking for it.
However I never got around to writing on this Giant of Bhakthi and Visishtadvaida.
Now for the past few days,I have been constantly thinking on Thulukka Nachiar,Muslim Devotee of Lord Vishnu as Lord Ranganatha, SRI Rangam.
The term Nachiar is very special in Tamil.
In social traditions now,the term is used to denote the Lady of the house belonging to Thevar Community.
The are, mostly ,are Saivaites.
In Sri Vaishnava Tradition,the Term Nachiar is used to denote Consort of Lord Vishnu, though Lakshmi is generally addressed as Thayaar,Mother.
Andal,a great Saint and one of the Twelve Azhwars,is called Kodhai Nachiar.
And Thulukka Nachiar,meaning Muslim Consort( literal meaning)
She is referred in Sri Rangam temple and special offerings are made to Her.
Those who know Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma are aware that Reality does not distinguish between people,based on Religion,Race or Creed,just as,say Gravity,Air,water,fire,air,land,Ether.
Though Reality IS A principle to be realised,Vedas understand that the process of medicating or focussing on an abstract principle is difficult and only a gifted few with right disposition and perseverance can follow the Path of NirgunaUpasna.
So worship of Personal God as sanctioned in Sanatana Dharma as a first step.
This is called Saguna Aaradhana.
For more on this,please Google Saguna Nirguna +ramanan50.
Even then ,I felt that the issue of Thulukka Nachiar was not proper,in the sense that it goes against established Agamas.
My thinking was wrong.
And I need to evolve while thinking on our traditions,though I have the highest regard for them.
As a matter of record, my site is dedicated to Sanatana Dharma.
I am happy that I am proved wrong in that,in the ultimate analysis what matters is the experience of Godhood,Reality,than established procedures .
And true devotion supercedes everything else,even if be Sruthi.
For Sruthi is nothing but a collation of Experiences of Seers,Rishis.
Did Thulukka Nachiar exist or is it an imagination of a fertile mind?
Thulukka Nachiar did exist,though it needs painstaking hunt to find the historical information.
She was the daughter of Masood,The Third, of Ghazanvi Dynasty.
He ruled between 1099- 1115 AD.
The name of his daughter ,Beevi.
This painstaking research was published in Ramanujan,A magazine devoted to Sri Vaishnavam.
Masood III ruled from Lahore.
He invaded India and reached till Sri Rangam.
And he took away the Idol of Ranganatha.
There are two versions.
‘There are 2 different versions of the story – that at the time of Srimad Ramanujacharya, after Sri Ramanuja dug up and found the moolavar at Melkote Thirunarayanapuram, he was feeling sad over not having found the matching urchavar for Sriman Narayana. At this, Sriman Narayana is said to have appeared at a dream of Srimad Ramanujacharya and told him about his whereabouts in Delhi with the daughter of the sultan. Thereupon, Srimad Ramanujacharya set out for Delhi and spoke to the sultan, who after being convinced of Srimad Ramanujacharya’s devinity (Sri Ramanuja actually told the sultan the vigraha is with his daughter which no one else knew) showed him the inner chambers of his daughter. Then Srimad Ramanujacharya is said to have called out to the idol and the idol is said to have “run away” to the great saint’s lap. Thereafter which the young daughter who had fallen in love with the Ranganatha idol also followed the idol suit to Melkote where she merged with the idol.
என். ஜீயபங்கார் என்னும் சரித்திர தேர்ச்சிபெற்றவரின் ஆதாரங்களை கொண்டு ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜன் இதழ் வெளியிட்டுள்ள கருத்துக்கள்.. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜரின் காலம் (பொது ஆண்டுக்கு பின் அதாவது (கிபி)1013- 1137) “நாம் கிருஸ்து பிறந்த பின், முன் என பதிவு செய்வதில்லை”. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜர் அவதாரகாலத்தினை பற்றி எந்த கருத்து வேறுபாடும் இல்லை...
1097 -1100 காலத்தில் டெல்லியை உள்ளடக்கிய கசானாவிட் முஸ்லீம்கள் ஆட்சி கீழ் வந்துவிட்டது. ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜம் பத்ரிகையில் என். ஜீயபங்கார் தந்த தகவலினை Wikipediaஉறுதி செய்கிறது தேவையெனில் Ghazanavit என பதிவுசெய்து பார்க்கவும்.Reference and citations.
It looks that the cache of loot had remained within Delhi and not yet moved to Ghazni for a long time during Ebrāhīm’s reign. Ebrāhīm who was in power for 40 years until 1099 was focused on retaining the territories with friendly treaties as his reign is characterised as “ a period of comparative tranquillity for the empire, deriving from the stability and prosperity attained by Ebrāhīm’s restraint and sagacity..”[xviii]
Looking at these features, it looks certain that the temple-loots and spoils of war were dumped for quite a few decades in places like Delhi which the Ghaznavids still held under their control through their commanders. After Masud III took over the scenario changed, but Ramanuja was quick enough in reaching over to Delhi which coincided with the reign-change at Ghazni. Ramanuja had met the commander at Delhi and not the emperor of Ghazni…
Ramanuja Delhi visit , Yathiraja Vaibhavam.image