The season being Margazhi, one of the music that resonates in the air is the chanting of 'Thiruppavai' and 'Thiruvambavai'.
Adding to this list is the 'pravachanam' (discourse) on the significance of '108 Divya Desams', that is to be held on 2 and 3 January at Suprabhata Sabha, Baroda Second Street, Mambalam, with the man behind the show being Anand Dayanidhi.
Excerpts from his interview:
Q: When did your 'pravachanam' journey begin?
A: I have been delivering discourses from 2007 at Suprabhata Sabha and other places, as part of Bhagavatha dharma under the tutelage of gurus Paranur Sri Kirshna Premi and Sri Muralidhara Swamigal. My 'pravachanam' will be based on Sri Krishna Premi arulseidha Sri Divyadesa vaibhavam, with each session covering one or two holy locations.
Q: Why did you take up this profession, despite being a mechanical engineer?
A: Saints like Adi Sankarar, Sri Ramanujar and Sri Madhavachariar propagated values with the help of granthams (verses) from epics like the Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita. After learning these from my gurus, I thought it would be appropriate to spread these messages to youngsters of society.
Q: How has the response been from the younger generation?
A: I have received good respone right from the first day, and I have so far trained several students who are individually rendering 'pravachanams' all over the country. Moreover, youngsters are already in the right frame of mind. They only need a direction.
Q: Apart from Divya Desams, what are the other topics you cover in your sessions?
A: The 108 Divya Desams of Sri Vaishnavism is my dream work as guided by guru Krishna Premji and I am focusing fully on that mission. But, I do take classes on 'Thiruppavai' and Alwar's 'Nalayira Divya Prabhandam' in a few places including Suprabhatha Sabha in West Mambalam, where I have continuously been taking classes on 'Thiruppavai' for three years.
Q: How long does it take for one to learn about the Divya Desams?
A: Each of these places has a speciality, and we cannot estimate the time-frame to learn the magnitude of these shrines as envisaged by the Alwars. But, I normally take a class or two to brief about each location.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Youngsters today are short on time with various commitments and activities. They need people like me who can guide them on the holy scriptures, which is what I would like to do in the coming years too.
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