Dwaya Manthra

Kancheepuram PerunDevi Thaayaar MoolavarSri Varadaraja Deva PerumalKanchi Varadaraja Thayar
Left to Right: Shri Perundevi Thayar Moolavar, Sri Varadaraja Moolavar, and on right Sri Perundevi Thayar in Serthi Thirukkolam with Sri Varadaraja Utsava Moorthy flanked by His Ubhaya Nachiars Sridevi and Bhudevi

Kancheepuram Garuda Seva 5 Kancheepuram Garuda Seva Pinnazhagu
Garuda seva is very important in Kancheepuram. The world famous Garuda Seva is celebrated in Kancheepuram at Sri Varadaraaja Swamy Temple during Brahmotsavam in The Vaikasi Vishaka festival in the Vaikasi month (May 15th to June 14th aprox). Lakhs of people throng the Temple. On that day Lord Varadaraja who leaves the temple on Garuda Vahana (Mount) at 4 ‘o clock in the early morning returns to the temple at noon after giving darshan to devotees. In every Garuda seva in the Vaikasi Brahmotsavam, at least one interesting incident takes place. Swami Doddayacharya lived in Cholasimhapuram [Sholingur]. He would never miss the Garuda seva in Kanchi. He lived in the 16th Century. Once he could not go to Kanchi as he fell ill. On the Garuda seva day, he was in Sholingur and imagined how the festival at Kanchi would have been celebrated. When the Lord came out of the West Gopuram, mounted on Garuda, He noticed the absence of Swami Doddayacharya among the countless devotees, and decided to bless the devotee, who was yearning at Sholingur. Therefore, the Lord along with Garuda, disappeared for a couple of minutes from Kanchi, and graced Swami Doddayacharya. This incident is remembered even today as Swami Doddayacharya seva, when the Lord is hidden from our view by lowering the umbrellas for a couple of minutes. This shows the care the Lord has for His devotees. The Lord has countless ornaments. As an example, even the Crowns, the Lord Sri Varadaraja adores are plenty. Weapons are many. Swami Thiruvarangathu Amudhanar says in his Ramanuja nootrandadi, that the Lord's Divine weapons took the incarnations of the brothers of Sri Rama.
View videos of the Kanchi Garuda Seva here:

There are 13 video clips in you tube and one web photo album in picasa containing the utsavams of kanchi 2009. The weblinks are reproduced below:
Kanchipuram Sri Varadaraja Swamy is supposed to represent the Dwaya Manthra

Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Swami Tirumanjanam

We will start with the word Sri. Sri has six meanings:
  1. She is attained by chetanas.
  2. She attains Narayana and pleads on behalf of chetanas.
  3. She hears the prayers of chetanas.
  4. She makes Narayana hear the prayers of chetanas.
  5. She destroys the karmas of the chetanas, which stand in the way of attaining salvation.
  6. She makes ripe the qualities of chetanas, so that they desire only moksha and nothing else. So, all these six meanings denote only Lakshmi; and so, Sri means Lakshmi
Here, two ways of interpretation are possible.
  1. One is, addressing Him as, "Sriman Narayana"; and then saying, "I seek refuge in your feet". This is one interpretation.
  2. The second interpretation is taking "Sriman Narayana charanau" as one whole. Then, this will mean "I seek refuge in the feet of Sriman Narayana".
Both meanings are equally valid. Although it says only the feet, what it means is the divine, auspicious form of the Lord. As you know, the feet are the most important of the Lord's form. We only fall at the feet of the Lord, for obtaining salvation. Hence the feet are mentioned particularly in this context.

The first part means, seeking refuge at the divine feet of Sriman Narayana. So, the first part indicates the upaya or means of attaining salvation.
The second part denotes the fruit to be achieved, namely, service to the Lord.

The second part of the Dvaya Mantra reads as follows: "Srimate Narayanaya Namaha". This has two different meanings.
  1. The superficial meaning is: "Salutation to Sriman Narayana".
  2. The deeper meaning is to be taken as follows: May I be for the service of Sriman Narayana. I am not for myself. Nothing is mine. Everything belongs to the Lord. I am the servant of the Lord; and I am for service to the Lord. I do not do anything for myself. The Lord only gets things done through me. Whatever I do is for the pleasure of the Lord only.
The above are the two meanings of the second part.

As explained above, the first part indicates the upaya or means for salvation. The second part indicates the upeya-fruit to be attained, viz., service to the Lord.

Important Note:
Neither the Ashtakshara or the Dwaya Mantra or the Charma Sloka are secret.
What is secret is the hidden meanings of the
Ashtakshara , the Dwaya Mantra and the Charma Sloka.

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