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Mysterious are the ways of God.. How else to describe these. Our Artist friend Prasad decides to sketch an idol and he searches on the net. He lands on a splendid photograph and is so inspired by the beauty that he renders a divine painting/sketch to compliment it. Later when i shared it with our Photographer friend Ashok, find that it is his commission. Not stopping at that and keeping the beauty of the Idol and sketch in mind and to compliment them - i sought the help of two distinguished friends for a description. Sri Seshadri ( Father of Varalaaru.com Sri Gokul - or rather now Author of Rajakesarai Novel by Palaniappa Brothers Gokul) and Sri Dev Raj. Both of them turned in wonderful renditions - so here i am having the joy of mixing an Idol, a Photo, a sketch, an english and a tamil description - thanks to all.

Sri Seshadri lists a few things that are nearer to his heart.

If we allow our minds to wander on the wonderful deities that our eyes have feasted on and touched our inner souls, I venture to list them:

1. our own Azhahiya ManavaLan of srirangam ( he is a resident of Srirangam)
2. The Tirumalai Deivam (moolamoorthy)
3. Ramabiran of Thillaivilaham and
4. The Gopalaswamy of Rajamannargudi.

The list is of course endless.

rajagopalaswamy(2)

Ashok’s amazing capture

The slightly leaning stance of the lord at mannargudi with the bewitching smile readily captures the heart. The only vasthram that cowherds adorn on their body knee high shows him at once as a simple kovalan who can be touched upon ,talked to and quarrelled with. The azhwars esp. Periazwar goes into raptures on the leelas of lord krishna imagining himself as the mother, yasodha. The endless chestithams(kurumbuhaL) are narrated at great length in those pasurams. His adorning the earring in one ear enhances his beauty.

Rajagopaswami Prasad's sketch

Prasad’s splendid sketch

The cow and the two calves yearn to have his attention and are blessed to be with him always 24 hours a day and see their eyes and their radiance proudly proclaiming their proximity to him! It is hence not strange that His touch has made them VALLAL PERUM PASUKKAL and only the availability of utensils is the limit for their supply of the nector milk. I learn that the stick in his hand is called sendu and not saattai as some have stated in the websites. The sendu is a lengthy stick in the hands of cowherds which is used to bring down the branches green with leaves to be fed to the cattle. It helps to lower the bough to be used by the cattle but will survive as the branch is not completely broken. u.ve.swaminatha iyer has narrated this in en charitram i presume. Can any one ever imagine, saattai in His hand, as it is a punishing stick and the Paahan who touched fed and treated the wounds of horses in the midst of battlefield in Bharata yuddam will he touch it at all?

During the month of panguni vennaiththazhi uthsavam i saw in the t.v. as to how the Lord (and perforce the archahar) are flooded with vennai by all and sundry and He is not satisfied and seems to want more! I could feel that those who throw the navaneetham transform at that moment into the very gopalars and mannargudi transforms itself into ayarpadi. How fortunate they are?

Reg the flute that was used by Him there are references to it in many places and an entire paththu is devoted by Periazwar for this 3-6 thirumozhi–starting with Navalam. Kulasekarar better known for the cryptic summary of ramayana in his PerumaL Thirumozhi has talked about the agony of Devaki who laments on the luck of yasodha and her own ill luck not to savour the leelas of the Lord. (devahi pulambal). The ectasy experienced by the girls of ayarpadi, the women, the celestial beauties, thumburu, naradha, the kinnarars famous for dance and music, gandarvar, the gods who are offered havis for their food,the birds, the cattle, the deer,the trees and their branches was beyond measure. ) there is ref to ‘ seviyuL navin suvai kondu mahizhndu” which brings to our mind the famous kuraL ” sevikkunavillatha…eeyappadum”..

For a sculputural appreciation one may visit the front mandapam of chakkrathazwar koil at srirangam where the cattle,the birds, the reptiles and the trees are shown spell bound as they are by the melody of that music. It is a pity that the sculpture is not too well executed but the suggestion is there for everyone to see. (But how many have the aptitude?)

kodhai (godha in sanskrit) of course is a class apart but i feel that srirangam and thirumalai are places that captures her heart and soul. Pity she has not thought of the mannargudi temple.
Thanks:

http://raga-artblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/rajagopalaswamy-temple-mannargudi.html

www.srirajgopalaswamy.blogspot.com

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January 22nd, 2009 at 19:38
Satish Kumar
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wow…kozhuk muzhuk kannan….a treat to watch. Great sketch by Prasad. Thanks

January 22nd, 2009 at 21:32
vishwaksenan
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Sri Krishna showed 32 divisions (painted on the walls of temple)of Vidya to Gopilar and Gopralyar and the last one is Srividya Rajagopalan in which the temple is named. Those rishies are the two calves before Rajagopalan. In the beautiful drawing showed, one calf is there. What happened to Gopralaya calf?
The story for the changed earrings of Rajagopalan is an interesting one. It is painted beautifully.

January 23rd, 2009 at 6:48
Sivaram Kannan
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Wow.. I have been a 1/2 drive from this place and never been to this temple. I will visit next time when I go to my native. Amazing sketch.

January 23rd, 2009 at 7:29
rajagopalan marimuthu
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i belong to mannargudi and i really is thrilled to see the photo and sketch of our presiding deity. thanks and keep up the good work

January 23rd, 2009 at 9:25
manii
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Its not a painting but a Life !!! Could feel the artists’ passion in this painting !!! Masterpiece always comes with passion

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:50
Tha. Ki. Neelakantan
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Eversince I had the oppurtunity of writing about Srividhya Rajagopalan in the kalki’s just concluded series “Azhagin Vadivey …Arulin Vadivey”, I have been hearing and reading more & more about ” That little fellow “. I felt that I had come across all these before I wrote the Article ( or is it a way of gently telling me that ” My leelais are endless ” ) The vennai Thazhi uthsavam of panguni, His Bullukku , Kunjalam , Thandai, salangai, Sendu ( yes, U ve sa has written about Him in his article ” Sendalankarar”) the paintings on the wall , the story of His being named Srividhya Rajagopalan( also called Gopalasundari )…..More I read ..More .I Long to see Him . By the way what is the interesting Story behind His earrings ?

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:54
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Ashok specializes in taking photos of deities, with remarkable clarity. One wish I would ask from Prasad: REACH FOUNDATION is planning for a art exhibition well in second half of 2009, exhibiting works related to temple and the art around, all in various forms painted/ drawn by various artists. We would have some VIP artists inaugurate the show and would be in Chennai. Can Prasad, donate few pictures for this show, as the proceeds would go for restoring dilapidated temples? FYI, the OOthukadu temple you mentioned in this blog is also under renovation plans, wish from Chitraveena Ravikiran. REACH would join hands to renovate this temple. Vijay, pls forward this to all concerned at get me their replies.

January 23rd, 2009 at 11:20
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thanks chandra. wishing you luck

rgds
vj

January 27th, 2009 at 13:19
A.V.SUKUMAR
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dear sir,
the photograph’s exhibited by you are of rare nature, first the myth of shadow of brihadeswara temple, second the bull on the top of the tower etc.
near tutukudi one hill temple is there where , the tower of reversed carved from bottom - up/
krishnapuram/ taramanagalam/tadikombu ha ve excellent sculptues.
for people who are residing in karanataka. the marvel of sculptural civilization of great/ rare yogis like - hoyasalas/ chalikyas/ the rareity of rarenss in stone - the musical excellences in stone = at - ITTIGI= GADAG ETS are a treat for art - lovers= phototo journalists.

January 31st, 2009 at 19:20
A.V.SUKUMAR
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dear sir,
the photograph’s exhibited by you are of rare nature, first the myth of shadow of brihadeswara temple, second the bull on the top of the tower etc.
near tutukudi one hill temple is there where , the tower of reversed carved from bottom - up/
krishnapuram/ taramanagalam/tadikombu ha ve excellent sculptues.
for people who are residing in karanataka. the marvel of sculptural civilization of great/ rare yogis like - hoyasalas/ chalikyas/ the rareity of rarenss in stone - the musical excellences in stone = at - ITTIGI= GADAG ETS are a treat for art - lovers= phototo journalists.A,V,SUKUMAR

January 31st, 2009 at 19:20
Muruganandam
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When we talk about mannargudi, the garudakambam of Mannargudi also another marvel in stone on the top of the high rised tower you have the temple of Mount of Lord Vishnu namely garudan.

The tallest Garuda tower is at srimusnam and Mannargudi garudakambam is second.

February 7th, 2009 at 9:59
Mannai V.Ranganathan
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I am very happy to see the greatness ideas of many devottes of the God shri Rajagopalaswamy. Those who are the real bakthas of shri Gopalan they never loss anything in their life time.

March 27th, 2009 at 19:55
kalaivirumbi
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cute krishnan;
lord shiva, we can’t say in words abt ur leelai. great to hear. thiruchitrambalam.

October 29th, 2010 at 10:54
chandra
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About 45 years before between 1955 t0 1963 all my early hood is recalled 18 days Lord Rajagopalan’s urchavam came to my eyes.Thanks to you a lot.
Chandra

February 23rd, 2011 at 9:54
kanakavalli
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His Name thrills, his appearence transports on to srivaikuntam

May 3rd, 2011 at 11:56
Balaji
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His Smile and Style are mesmerizing.
The way he is decorated is also unique. The turban and half dhoti of the shepherd are adding to his beauty.

Kodai (Kodha / Andal) lived a long time before this temple came into existence. Thatz the reason that no alwars have sung about this temple.

July 1st, 2011 at 21:29
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My take on this splendid idol..

August 15th, 2011 at 2:59
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My take on this splendid idol..

https://picasaweb.google.com/alchemy2/MannargudiRajagopalan?authkey=Gv1sRgCIfrz4XuncGKMw

August 15th, 2011 at 3:00

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