Friday, February 17, 2012

Soundarya Lahari - Part 18


The aShTottara-nAmAvaLi of the Acharya has the nAmA ‘soundarya-laharI-mukhya-bahu-stotravidhAyakAya namaH’ meaning: ‘prostrations to the one who composed many stotras with soundaryalaharI as the prime one.

Of the BhAshyas that he wrote, ‘brahma-sUtra-bhAshya’ towers supreme; of his expository works, viveka-chUDAmaNi’ is prime and of all his works of bhakti, the SoundaryalaharI tops the list.

SundarI, the beautiful, is Her name.

MahA-tripura-sundarI or just, tripura-sundarI , both derived from the root name, SundarI, is the
Goddess propitiated by the great mantra called Shri-vidyA.

Of the many names of ambaal, such as PArvatI, durgA, KALI, BAlA, BhuvaneshvarI, etc., it is the SundarI name that goes with RAja-rAjesvari, the Queenname of all the scriptures that talk of and dwell on the Mother Goddess.



  1. Can you please identify the personalities on tha accompaning photo

  2. This photo was taken in 1962 at Ilayanthangudi - the person in front of Sri Maha Periva is another sannyaasi - Sri Ananthanandendra Saraswati Swami