srimathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srimadh varavaramunayE nama:
sri vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama:
thirunakshathram: chithrai, Ayilyam
avathAra sthalam: komANdUr
Place where he attained paramapadham: thiruppErUr
komANdUr iLAyavilli AchAn is one of the maternal cousins of emperumAnAr (similar to embAr). He is also known as bAladhanvi guru. iLAyavilli/bAladhanvi means lakshmaNan – he served emperumAnAr like iLaya perumAL (lakshmaNan) served srIrAmar. He is one of the 74 simhAsanAdhipathis (AchAryas) appointed by emperumAnAr himself.
It is learnt from his thanian (invocatory verse) and vAzhi thirunAmam that he was greatly attached to periya thirumalai nambi (srIsaila pUrNar) and served him as well.
In charama upAya nirNayam (http://ponnadi.blogspot.in/p/charamopaya-nirnayam.html), nAyanArAchAn piLLai brings out the greatness of komANdUr iLAyavilli AchAn. Let us see that now.
When udayavar ascended to paramapadham, many followed (gave up their lives also). kaNiyanUr siriyAchAn left udayavar to live in kaNiyanUr for some time and some time later he started his journey towards kOil (srIrangam) to worship his AchAryan (udayavar) with much love. On the way, he meets a srivaishnava and he asks “Is our AchAryan emperumAnAr living healthy?” and that srivaishnava explains about udayavar’s ascending to paramapadham. Hearing this, immediately, kaNiyanUr siriyAchAn said “emperumAnAr thiruvadigaLE charanNam” (எம்பெருமானார் திருவடிகளே சரணம்) and ascended to paramapadham. komANdUr iLayavilli AchAn was living in thiruppErUr. One night, in his dream, he sees udayavar seated on a brightly glowing divine chariot and in the sky. He sees, paramapadhanAthan with thousands of nithya sUris, AzhwAr, nAthamunigaL and other AchAryas, with many persons playing divine musical instruments to receive emperumAnAr and bring him over to paramapadham. He sees that, after the reception, emperumAnAr’s chariot is leading the journey towards paramapadham with everyone else following him. He then wakes up and realizes what has happened. He immediately informs his neighbour “vaLLal maNivaNNan” that “Our AchAryan emperumAnAr has climbed a divine chariot and ascended to parampadham accompanied by paramapadhanAthan and nithyasUris. I cannot live here anymore. emperumAnAr thiruvadigaLE charaNam” and gave up his life and immediately ascended to paramapadham. There were many such sishyas who gave up their lives immediately after hearing about emperumAnAr’s journey to paramapadham. Those who stayed with emperumAnAr were strictly ordered by emperumAnAr to not give up their lives and since emperumAn desired for those srivaishnavas to continue their lives to serve for the sampradhAyam they unwillingly continued their lives. Thus emperumAnAr’s greatness is such that in his separation, his sishyas would also give up their lives.
Thus, we have seen some glimpses of the glorious life of komANdUr iLayavilli AchAn. He was fully situated in bhAgavatha nishtai and was very dear to emperumAnAr himself. Let us pray at his lotus feet that we too get a little bit of such bhAgavatha nishtai.
komANdUr iLayavilli AchAn’s thaniyan:
srI kausikAnvaya mahAmbhuthi pUrNachandhram
srI bhAshyakAra jananI sahajA thanujam
srIsailapUrNa padha pankaja saktha chiththam
srIbAladhanvi guruvaryam aham bhajAmi
ஸ்ரீ கௌஸிகாந்வய மஹாம்புதி பூர்ணசந்த்ரம்
ஸ்ரீ பாஷ்யகார ஜநநீ ஸஹஜா தநுஜம்
ஸ்ரீஸைலபூர்ண பத பங்கஜ சக்த சித்தம்
ஸ்ரீபாலதந்வி குருவர்யம் அஹம் பஜாமி
adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan
Sources: charmOpAya nirNayam, kasthUri rangan swamy’s compilation in thamizh (for thanians and photo)