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Elayavilli Aachaan

Thirunakshathram : Chithrai, Ayilyam
AvathAra sthalam  : Komandur
Acharyan                 : Emperumanar
Place where he Attained paramapadham : Thirupperur

Komandur Elayavilli Achan is one of the maternal cousins of Emperumanar (similar to Embar). He is also known as Baladhanvi Guru. Elayavilli/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 Tirumalai Nambi (Srisaila purnar) and served him as well.

In Charama Upaya Nirnayam, NayanarAchan Pillai brings out the Greatness of Komandur Elayavilli Achan.




Komandur Elayavilli 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 neighbor “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 Tiruvadigale Charanam” and gave up his life and immediately ascended to Paramapadham.



Thus, we have seen some glimpses of the glorious life of komandur Elayavilli 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 elayavilli achan’s thaniyan

Sri Kausikanvaya mahambhuthi purnachandhram

Sri Bhashyakara janani sahaja thanujam

Sri Sailapurna padha pankaja saktha chiththam

Sri Baladhanvi guruvaryam aham bhajami


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