Sri Ramanuja Munaye Namaha,
Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swami Guruvae Namaha,
Beautiful added steps by both Srinivasan bhagavatas and Venkatesh bhagavata from Swamis pravachanams and Guru’s guidance.
Adiyargal Thuruvadikku pallaandu.
In general, All Adiyars standard protocol of visting sanctums while visiting any Perumal temple is: 1) All Acharyas/Swami Ramanujar sanctum, 2) All Alwars/ NamAlwar sanctum, 3) Thayar sanctum, 4) Perumal sanctum.
Adiyen completely agree that sometimes there could be constraints to follow sequence, and what BhagavAn looks is “do we have the Sneha Bhaava MIND-SET”, even if some sequence is missed unknowingly. Swami has said SriKrishna is Sulabhar, Elimaiyaanavar and Inimmaiyaanavar.
Adiyen would also like to share adiyens own experience in Srirangam temple, when adiyen couldnt follow the standard sequence due to some unknown factors.
Adiyen’s timing was odd in the afternoon when adiyen entered Srirangam temple. As usual adiyen went to Swami Ramanujar sanctum and got Swami’s dharsan “ThaanAana Thirumeni”, but other sannidhis were closed including Thayar and Ranganathan sannidhis.
So referring to Swami’s pravachanams, adiyen went again to Swami Ramanujar sannidhi and looked at Swami’s Thirumudi/Masthakam (Head), which is Swami NamAlwar “MastakahA Sri Shatarardhihi” based on ‘Ramanuja Avayava prabhavam’ stotram, and then adiyen looked at Swami’s ThiruUllam HEART where Thayar-Perumal was residing happily and got their Dharshan as well, based on ‘Ramanuja NoorthAndhadhi’ paasuram “Iruppidam Vaikuntham Venkatam,………..Indru Avan vandhu iruppudam yendhan IDHAYAthulle……” and drove back home where adiyens GuruParamparai parivaar resides, which is where adiyen does kainkaryam mostly.
Another time, when adiyen went to Srirangam temple, Sri Rangatha Perumal did play game with adiyen.
Swami Ramanujar sannudhi and Thayar sannidhi, both were closed. Now adiyen had a dilemma, since adiyen couldn’t follow the sequence. Adiyen thought for a moment to drive back home skipping dharshan of SriRanganatha, since adiyen didnit get dharshan of Acharya Ramanuja and then Thayar as per sequence. At the same time, aditen was thinking that, it was not ideal to leave SriRangam without visiting Azhagiya Manavala Ranganatha Perumal. So adiyen chanted adiyens Acharya Thaniyan to give a solution. Acharyan gave a beautiful solution in adiyens mind. Based on that, adiyen went to Ranaganthan Swami Moola Murthi sanctum, then adiyen prayed at 1) bottom side of Shatari first, which is Swami Ramanujar (NamAlwar ThiruvAdi), then 2) prayed at whole Shatari which is Swami NamAlwar itself, then 3) prayed at Ranganathan Perumal’s ‘Vakshathalam (ThiruMaarbhu/Chest)’ where Sri RangaNayagi Thayar ALWAYS resides, then 4) prayed Ranganatha Perumal Thirumugam and the whole Thirumeni.
In normal times, if every sannidhi is open and there are no obstructions (natural or man-made), adiyen follow the standard procedure: 1) All Acharyas/Swami Ramanujar sanctum, 2) All Alwars/ NamAlwar sanctum, 3) Thayar sanctum, 4) finally Perumal sanctum. If not, case1 and case2 soultions help adiyen.
So adiyen believe, if bhagavata has constraints and if In-laws and bhagavatas Husband want to visit Petumal Shrine first, explain them once about the sequence, but if they still want to follow their routine, then dont push them to do the normal sequence, instead Bhagavata self to follow Case2 ehile going to Perumal Sanjidhi by looking at Perumal ThuruvAdi (Swami NamAlwar/Swami Ramanujar) and pray, then look at Alarmel Mangai Thayar in SriVenkateswara Swami’s Vakshathalam (Chest) first and pray, then look at BhagavAn Thirumugam and Thirumeni itself and pray. Later when everyone goes to Thayar sanctum, pray Thayar. ALL IS FINE.
Adiyen Sri Velukkudi Krishna Dasan,
Uyya Oraey Vazhi UdayavAr ThiruvAdi,
Sarvam SriKrishna Kudumbham.