Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shri Radhe Maa - Jai Mata Bhudevi Andal ki!

Lord Ranganatha

A Brahmin named Vishnuchitta found an infant girl under a Tulasi tree and decided to bring her up as his own. He named her Goda, which in Tamil means "gift of Mother Earth" He was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once he prepared a garland for the Lord but when he looked for it a short while later he could not find it. 

The garland was found on Goda's neck. This upset her father who reprimanded her for her insolence. He strung a fresh garland and offered it to the lord. Later that night the Lord appeared to the Brahmin and told his that her preferred garlands worn by Goda.

Moved, the Brahmin renamed Goda "Andal" which means "the girl who ruled over the Lord". Andal grew up to be a beautiful girl. Her father wanted her to marry but Andal said she could only take Lord Ranganatha, the presiding deity of Shrirangam as her husband. 

Andal is credited with two works in Tamil that are alive with her love for Krishna, the darling of Gokula.

Her father reasoned with Andal but she was firm in her resolve. Her old father consulted other learned Brahmins who advised him to let the girl have her way.  She was to be  brought to the temple dressed as a bride. 

Andal was brought to the temple where she merged with the Lord and became immortal in the memories of all Sri Vaishnavas of the South.  

May Mata Andal's personal example inspire the love of the blued skinned lord in our hearts! 

Watch a video of a beautiful Andal bhajan in Tamil on the following link

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