Sri Vaishnavaite Monastries

The Number 3 has great significance:
  • The three Vedas: Rig, Yajus and Saama veda (principle ones) "trayo vedaa eta eva vaak rigvedo mano yajurveda: Praana: Saama veda;".
  • The three lettered Secret: OM - which comprises of A, U and Ma kara.
  • Rahasyatrayam: Ashtaksharam, Dvayam and the Charamaslokam.
  • 3 words in Ashtakshara mantram: Om Namo Narayanaya.
  • There are 3 parts in Gita.
  • Three karma palam,
  • trigunams (Satwik, rajasik, tamasic).
  • Three doors to hell (kaamam, krodham, lobham).
  • Three yagyas,
  • three tapas (penance through body, oral, and mental),
  • three types of karma (Yajanam, Adhyayanam, Daanam),
  • three types of renunciation,
  • three works or action (Karanam, Karma, Karta),
  • three achetanas,
  • three doers in Modes, intellects, happiness, debts are all of three types.
  • Sriman Narayana takes three forms as trimurthi.
  • As Trivikrama, lord covered entire lokams in three steps.
  • There are three Tatvams (Chit, Achit and Isvara).
The list goes on...

Similarly, in MuniTraya sampradayam, we find three munis blessing us with knowledge. Vishistadvaitam involves mastering of ubhava vedantam works in both Sanskrit and Tamil which involves veda, vedanta, puranas, itihasas, works of acharyas, divya prabhandam by alwars and so on.

Shruthi and Smruthi are very important in Visistadvaitam. Ramanujar started his Sri Bhasyam work also based on works of great munis mentioned below:
The entire tarkam of the Veda (with Vedantam) is explained in MeemaamsA Sastra. Sage Jaimini, Sage kASakrutsna, Saga Vyasa or Badarayana are considered to be three muni’s in MuniThraya (three munis) who gave us tarkams to these.
When it comes to Brahma Sutra, we are again blessed by three munis:
  1. Veda vyAsa bhagavAn who composed the brahma sUtras.
  2. BodhAyaNa rishi who composed the vrutti grantam.
  3. Brahmanandhi composed the vAkya-granta on the same.
Every Srivaishanava should get kalakshepam on
  • Sri Bhashyam
  • Gita Bhashyam
  • Bhagavath Vishyam
  • Srimath Rahasya Thraya Saaram

Munitraya sampradaya was further spread by three more munis:
  1. Srimad Srinivasa Maha desikan,
  2. Srimath Sri Ranganatha Maha desikan and
  3. Srimath Vedanta Ramanuja maha desikan.

Every Srivaishnava should undergo Samasrayanam which is same as "Pancha Samskaram", which is done from his Acharyan (guru).

Swayam Acharya sampradayam:
In olden days, all the Vaishvaites were very orthodox, performing daily Agni Hothram in their houses. Therefore the father of the family himself was the Acharyan for the members of that family. He was initiating the members into Sri Vaishnava sampradayam by Samasrayanam process.

Matams and Munitrayam sampradayam:
Now a days, most of the family heads do not perform agni hotrams and follow the sampradayam very strictly. So for the purpose of Samasrayanam, we approach Matams. The matadhipathi/Swami/Acharya initiates us into sampradayam.

There are many Acharya paramparas.

  • For ex: Srirangam Srimadh Andavan Ashramam has been nurturing and furthering Acharya Ramanuja's and Swami Vedanta Desika's doctrine of Vishishtadvaita. (Munitrayam is a sect among Vadagalai Iyengars and all but people that belong to Parakaala Matam and Srimadh Andavan Ashramam are part of this sect.).The main diety of worship is Lord Ranganatha Padukas. The primordial diety of this asramam is Lord Venugopala Swamy (Lord Krishna).
  • In Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan Ashramam main diety of worship is Lord Lakshmi Hayagreeva.
  • In Parakala matam main diety of worship is Lord. Lakshimi Hayagreeva.
  • In Ahobila mutt, main diety of worship is Lord. LakshmiNarasimha. The Ahobilam mutt follow Madam sampradayam.

Which sampradayam to follow comes from which acharya we choose.

The details of munitraya sampradayam can be found in http://www.munitrayam.org/andavanashram/Sri%20Munitrayam-Sabdartham.htm

Some of the famous Sri Vaishnava Matams (monastries) are mentioned below:

There are a number Sri Vaishnava Matams not mentioned here, and in addition, the Sampradaya also boasts of a number of Swayam Acharyas in both the Vadakalai (Northern Art) and Tenkalai (Southern Art) Traditions

Vadakalai Emblem in Blue
Ahobila Mutt Malolan
Sri Ahobila Mutt
http://www.ahobilamutt.org/

Srimate Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha
Asmad Gurubhyo Namaha
Asmad Parama Gurubhyo Namaha
Asmad Sarva Gurubhyo Namaha
Srimate AdiVann Shatakopa Yatheendra Maha Deshikaya Namaha
Srimate Vedantha Gurave Namaha
Srimate Ramanujaya Namaha
Sri Paraangusha Daasaaya Namaha
Srimad Yaamuna Munaye Namaha
Sri Rama Mishraya Namaha
Sri Pundarikaakshaya Namaha
Sriman Naadamunaye Namaha
Srimate Satakopaya Namaha
Srimate Vishwaksenaya Namaha
Shriyai Namaha
Shridaraya Namaha
Sri Mantapam with 45th and 46th Jeers
45th Narayana Yateendra Azhagiya Singar
Shrimad Ranga Shatari Samyami Varaallabdha Aagamaantha Dhvayam

[Learnt Ubhaya Vedhaantha (Aagamaantha Dhvayam) from Shrimad Ranga Shatari (42nd Azhagiya Singar)]
Shrimad Veera Raghudhva Haadhya Shatajit Paadhaara Vindhaa Shrayam
|
[Took Refuge at the Lotus Feet of
Shrimad Veera Raghudhva (43rd Azhagiya Singar)]
Shrimad Vedha Vathamsa Deshikayathehe Kaarunya Viksha Spadham
[Recipient of the Merciful Glances of Shrimad Vedha Vathaamsa Deshika
(44th Azhagiya Singar)]
Saevae Ranga Dhureena Shaasana Vasham Naarayanam Yoginam
||
[Who serves Ranga's commands, to
Naaraayana Yogi, my Salutations]
Shrimathe Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Divya Paadhuka Sevaka Sri Vann Shatakopa
Shri Naaraayana Yatheendhra Mahaa Deshikaaya Namaha
||
-- Thaniyan or The eulogistic devotional verse praising the glory of the 45th Pontiff of the order of the Ahobila Mutt
Shri Naaraayana Yatheendhra Mahaa Deshika Jeer (Praakrutham Azhagiya Singar).
Aandavan Aashram Tiruman
Aandavan Paadula
Srimad Aandavan Ashram (Periashramam)
http://www.andavan.org/

http://www.ramanujamission.org/
Srimathe Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Srinivasa Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Nigamantha Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Bhagavathe Bhashyakaraaya Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Ranganatha Parabrahmane Namaha
Sri Ranganatha Divyamani Padhukabhyam Namaha

SriMushnam Aandavan Handwriting
Srimad Srimushnam Aandavan with Periashramam Koil Azhwar
Vedhaantha Lakshmana Muneendhra Krupaattha Bodham
[Learnt Ubhaya Vedhantha from Vedhaantha Lakshmana Muneendra
(9th Aandavan-Thirukkudanthai)]
Thath Paadha Yugma Saraseeruha Brungha Raajam |
[Whirring as a honey bee at His lotus feet]
Thraiyyantha Yugma Kruthaboori Parisramam Tham
[Having had his Bhara Samarpanam at his Holy Feet]
SriRanga Lakshmana Munim Saranam Prabhadyae ||
[In that SriRanga Lakshmana Sage, we seek refuge]
Srimate Ranga Raamaanuja Mahadeshikaya Namaha ||
-- Thaniyan or The eulogistic devotional verse praising the glory of the 11th Pontiff of the order of the Aandavan Aashram (Periashramam) SriRanga Ramanuja Mahaa Deshika Jeer (SriMushnam Aandavan).
Parakala Mutt Hayagreevan
Sri Parakala Mutt
http://www.parakalamatham.org/
Parakala Mutt 36th Pontiff
Poundarikapuram Aandavan Thiruman
Sri Poundarikapuram Aandavan Ashram
http://www.munitrayam.org/andavanashram/ashram.html

Pundarikapuram Aandavan Saligramas
Srivaasa Ranga Parakaala Munitrayaapta Lakshmaatma
Rakshana Yathitva Yugaagamaantham |
Achaarya Bhakthi Pari pootham Anargha Seelam
Gopaala Desika Munim Gurum Aasrayaamaha ||
[We seek refuge at the sacred feet of our revered AchAryan, Sri Gopala MahA Desikan, who received the sacred rites of samAsrayaNam, Bhara SamarpaNam from the great AchAryA, Sri Srinivasa MahA Desikan (Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan);
ThurIyAsramam from Sri Srinivasa MahA Desikan (Srimad VeNNaaRRankarai Andavan) and
the wealth of Ubhaya VedAntham from Srimad Abhinava Ranganatha Brahmatantra Swantantra Parakaala Yatindra Maha Deshikan.
He shines with illustrious sadAchAram and is resplendent with his limitless AchArya Bhakthi]
-- Thaniyan or The eulogistic devotional verse praising the glory of Paravakkottai Sri Gopala Desika Maha Desikan - the current Pontiff of the Poundarikapuram Aandavan Ashram.
Sri Tirumala Periya Jeer Mutt
Thirumalai Periya Jeer
Sri Vanamaamalai Mutt
http://www.vanamamalai.com/

Vanamaamalai Mutt Thiruman
Vanamamalai Mutt Koil Azhwar Seal etc