Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 5

11th Jul 2019
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Glories of Lord Varadaraja" wherein we were meditating on the glorious rising of Lord Athi Varadar in Kanchipuram. Now we shall see try to meditate on few of the pastime of Lord Varadaraja with His dear devotees.  

Srila Kanchipurna who is also known as Thirukacchhi nambigal is disciple of Srila Yamunacharya and was engaged in doing chamara (fan) service and garland service for Lord Varadaraja. The relationship between Lord Varadaraja and Kanchipurna was very intimate. Lord Vardaraja used to discuss so many subject matters with Kanchipurna. Realising his great devotion, the people of Kanchi used to request Kanchipurna to clarify some of their doubts with the Lord. Kanchipurna used to talk to Lord on their behalf and pass on the response given by Lord Vardar. 

Once after finishing his morning seva when Kanchipurna was leaving the temple it started raining very heavily. He was worried whether he will miss the evening seva because of the rains. At that time Lord Varadaraja came in disguise of an elderly Vaishnava with umbrella and offered to drop him at his home. Once they reached home, the elderly Vaishnava told that he would stay with him till evening and then they both can return to the temple. Kanchipurna felt very relieved and thanked him  for helping in serving the Lord. In the evening when they both entered the temple, the priests looked very disturbed. When Kanchipurna enquired the reason, they said that Lord Varadaraja is missing and the altar (sanctum sanctorum) is empty. Hearing this Kanchipurna rushed to the altar and to his surprise he saw the Deity happily standing there. When he called the priests, they also rushed to the altar and were pleasantly surprised to see the Lord. Everyone rejoiced to see the Lord again in the altar.

When they wanted to share this good news with the elderly Vaishnava - they could not find him. When the priests later began their service to the Deity, they noticed that Lord's transcendental body was fully drenched with rain water. At that time everyone realised that it was Lord's sweet pastime with His dear devotee Kanchipurna. 

In his wonderful purport to verse Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.16.7, His Divine Grace very nicely says, "The relationship between the Lord and His devotee is transcendentally beautiful.As the devotee thinks that it is due to being a devotee of the Lord that he is elevated in all good qualities, so the Lord also thinks that it is because of His devotion to the servitor that all His transcendental glories have increased. In other words, as the devotee is always anxious to render service to the Lord, so the Lord is ever anxious to render service to the devotee..... The Lord cannot tolerate any inconvenience on the part of the devotee. He is therefore famous as bhakta-vatsala."

Devotees always want to serve the Lord and don't want to be served by Him. But Lord loves His devotees so much that He grabs every opportunity to serve His devotee - however menial be that service. Lord lovingly volunteered to become chariot driver of Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, He lifted the Govardhana hill as umbrella for Vrajavasis when Indra sent the Samvartaka clouds and now in this pastime we find Lord happily holding umbrella for Kanchipurna.  After this pastime people began to glorify the Lord Varadaraja as "Kudai piditha Perumal" - "Lord who holds umbrella". 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi