Kumara Varada(Son of Vedantha Desika)
(Vedantha Desika who is considered as the incarnation of the temple bell in Thirupathi and is one of the greatest Vaishnavite scholars in the post Ramanuja period.He was the son born to in around 1248 AD to Ananta Suri and Thotakamba and belonged to the Viswamithra Gothram. He was taught Sastras by his own uncle KIdambi Appullalar and became recognized as a great expert in Vaishnavism by the time he was 20 years of age. Some of the very great gems of Vaishnavism were authored by him . The author of this Mangalam , Kumara Varada was his own son and disciple. Being a novice in Vaishnavism, I have taken the help of a translation of this great work by Vilambakkam Sri Govinda Rajan and Oppiliappan koil sri Varadachari SAtakopan, which is available on line .My purpose would be served , if those who happen to read my translation, would read that great translation which is available in www.ibiblio.org/sadagopan/ahobilavalli/dm.pdf )
I.Vedantha Desika Thaniyan
.Sriman Venkatanadharya kavi tharkika kesari,
Vedanthacharya varyo may sannidhatham sada hrudhi
Let the form of Venkata Nadha , who is the lion among poets and debators,
And who is the greatest among teachers of Vedantha always reside in my heart.
II.Sri Kumara Varadacharya THaniyan
SRiman Lakshmana yogeendra sidhantha Vijaya Dwajam,
Viswamithra kulothbhutam varadaryam aham Bhaje
I salute the Kumara Varadarya born in the clan of Viswamithra,
Who is the victorious flag of the philosophy of the great Yogi called Ramanuja.
1.Sarva thanthra swathanthraya simhaya kavi Vadhinam,
Vedanthacharya varyaya, Venkatesaya mangalam.
1.Auspeciousness to Venkatesa who is the great Acharya of Vedantha,
Who can think in any field independently*,and who is lion when debating with poets.
*Sarva Thanthra Swatrhanthra is a title given By Goddess Ranganayaki to Swami Vedantha Desika.
2. Nabhasyamasi sronayam avatheernaya sooraye,
Viswamithra anvayayasthu , Venkatesaya Mangalam.
2,Auspeciousness to Venkatesa born in the Viswamithra Gothra,
Who was the Soori born in the Sravana star of Margazhi month.
3.Pitha yasyanthasoori pundarikaksha yajvana ,
Pouthro yas thanayaatotrambhayas thasya Mangalam.
3.Auspeciousness to the son of Thotharambha and Anantha Soori,
And the paternal grand son of Pundarikaksha Yajva.
4.Venkatesavatharoyam tadghantamsoadhava bhaveth,
Yatheendramso athavethyevamm vitharkyayasthu Mangalam.
4.Auspeciousness to him who is considered as the amsa(part ) of Acharya Ramanuja(Yatheendra),
And is considered as incarnation of the temple bell of Lord Venkatesa.
5.Sri BHashya kara , panthanam athmana darsitham puna,
Udharthu magatho noonam ithyuktyasthu Mangalam
5,Auspeciousness to him who makes one feel that we see,
Acharya Ramanuja(BHashyakara) has risen and come again .
6.Ye balye varadaryasya pracharyasya paraam dayaam,
AAvapya vrudhim gamitha thasmai yogyaya Mangalam,
6.Auspeciousness to him who as a child received the blessings,
Of the Acharya of Ramanuja and attained growth and became suitable to it.
7.Ramanujarya dathreyan mathulath sakala kalaa,
Avapa vimsathyabdhe yasthasmai prajnaya mangalam.
7.Auspeciousness to the Him who made all arts taught ,
By his uncle Athreya Ramanuja and became a great expert.
8.Srutha prakaasikaa bhoomou yenadhou parirakshithaa ,
Pravarthithaa cha pathreshu thasmai sreshtaya mangalam.
8.Auspeciousness to great one who protected in the earth the commentary,
On Sri Bhasyam by Surutha Prakasa by transferring it to suitable disciples.
9.SAmskrthibhir dramidibhi bahvibhi krithibhir janan,
Yassamujeevayamsa thasmai sevaya Mangalam,
9.Auspeciousness to him who by his service gave shining life to the people ,
By by his sri Sukthis written in Sanskrit , Tamil and Manipravala.
10.Ya khyathi labha poojasu vimukho Vaishanave jane ,
Krayaneeya dasaam prapth thasmai bhavyaya mangalam.
10.Auspeciousness to the person of humility who was averse ,
To wealth fame , wealth and honours and sold himself to the devotees of Vishnu.
11.Yasmad yeva mayaa sarva sasthramagrahi nanyatha ,
THasmai Venkatanadhaya mama Nadhaya mangalam.
11.Ausprciousness to my Lord Venkatanadha from whom ,
Alone I have understood all the Sastras.
12.Pithre brahmopadeshtre may gurave daivathaya cha,
Prapyaya prapakayasthu Venkatesaya Mangalam.
12,Auspeciousness to Venkatesa who is my father ,
Who performed Brahmopadesam for me , who is my Guru,
Who is my God and is the means of my goals.
13.Ya krutham Varadaryena Vedanthacharya mangalam,
Aaassthe anudhinam sopi bhaven mangala Bhajanam.
13. This auspiciousness to the teacher of Vedas was created by Kumara Varada,
And I desire that all recite this daily would become object of auspeciouness,