[Advaita-l] Lilithopakhyana vs. Lalithasahasra
srirudra at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 00:55:33 CDT 2013
Dear Sri Sriram
The Soundharya Lahari by Sri Adhi Sankara also has its Deity as Kanchi Kamakshi only is the opinion of many scholars.
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On 04-Aug-2013, at 9:35 PM, Venkata sriram P <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in> wrote:
> Yes it is possible that Upakhyana and sahasranama arose in South India or that the authors were south Indian.
> One of the great upAsakAs told me that the place of Lalita Sahasranama rachana is
> the premises of Kamakshi Temple in Kanchipuram.
> It is said that there is a rahasya sthala identified by Mahaperiyava which was known as
> hayagriva mutt. This is the place where the hayagriva-agastya samvAda took place.
> The "chidagni kuNDa" mentioned in the name is the gAyatri mantapam in kAmAkshi temple.
> In the IshAnya sthAna of this mantapa, there is a pillar. There is a small hole inside which
> is filled with kumkuma. This "sukshma randhra" is said to be the "nAbhi-sthAna".
> Mother Kamakshi is none other than Devi Lalita. Some of the names like "kAmakOTikA", "kAmakOTimahApadmapITasthA" (vide ashtottara nAmA) hints this divine place called Kanchi.
> My guruji got a vision here in gAyatri mantapam and a melodious sloka gushed forth as:
> praNavAkruti ratna manDapE
> shrutimAtrA samamEkatAM gatE
> niratAM nirataM krupAparAM
> hrudi kAnchipuranAyikAM bhajE
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