Vaikhanasa Agama

Vaikhānasa is one of the principal traditions of Vaishnavism and primarily worships Vishnu as the Supreme God.The followers are mainly Brahmins of Krishna Yajurveda Taittiriya Shakha and Vaikhanasa Kalpasutra. The name Vaikhānasa stands for both the followers as well as the fundamental philosophy itself with the name derived from founder, Sage Vaikhanasa. Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaikhanasas
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A Study of Vaikhanasa Iconography, by K.K.C. Lakshmi Narasimhan. Based on Vaikhanasa Agamas, this book is the first ever to offer an exhaustive, systematic Study of Vaisnava iconography. The Author not only identifies the myriad manifest forms of Visnu, but also sets out a detailed analysis of their widely varied iconographic attributes, like emblems, crowns, postures. Ref: http://www.printsasia.com/book/A-Study-of-Vaikhanasa-Iconography-K-K-C-Lakshmi-Narasimhan-Ramesh-Mahipatram-Dave

A Study of Vaikhanasa Iconography, by K.K.C. Lakshmi Narasimhan. Based on Vaikhanasa Agamas, this book is the first ever to offer an exhaustive, systematic Study of Vaisnava iconography. The Author not only identifies the myriad manifest forms of Visnu, but also sets out a detailed analysis of their widely varied iconographic attributes, like emblems, crowns, postures. Ref: http://www.printsasia.com/book/A-Study-of-Vaikhanasa-Iconography-K-K-C-Lakshmi-Narasimhan-Ramesh-Mahipatram-Dave

"The Vaikhanasa-sutra belonging to the Trivandrum Sanskrit Series has been edited by Dr. W. Caland and translated into English with a learned introduction. This sutra- text forms part of the Black Yajurveda tradition and derives its name probably from Vaikhanas who was its author. Ref: http://www.vedamsbooks.com/no30311/vaikhanasasmartasutram-domestic-rules-sacred-laws-vaikhanasa-school-belonging-black-yajurveda-translated-into-english-by-w-caland

"The Vaikhanasa-sutra belonging to the Trivandrum Sanskrit Series has been edited by Dr. W. Caland and translated into English with a learned introduction. This sutra- text forms part of the Black Yajurveda tradition and derives its name probably from Vaikhanas who was its author. Ref: http://www.vedamsbooks.com/no30311/vaikhanasasmartasutram-domestic-rules-sacred-laws-vaikhanasa-school-belonging-black-yajurveda-translated-into-english-by-w-caland

As hereditary temple priests, the Vaikhanasas' own stance is explicit: they are Visnu's own children, preordained before birth for temple service. Central to this monograph is a controversy, ongoing for centuries, as to what makes a person eligible to perform the rituals in Visnu temples: does birth or an initiation create the ideal intermediary between the god and humans? Ref: http://www.amazon.com/Visnus-Children-Prenatal-life-cycle-Ethno-Indology/dp/3447058544

As hereditary temple priests, the Vaikhanasas' own stance is explicit: they are Visnu's own children, preordained before birth for temple service. Central to this monograph is a controversy, ongoing for centuries, as to what makes a person eligible to perform the rituals in Visnu temples: does birth or an initiation create the ideal intermediary between the god and humans? Ref: http://www.amazon.com/Visnus-Children-Prenatal-life-cycle-Ethno-Indology/dp/3447058544

An article on the Sri Vaikhanasa Agama as it is practised in the Srivari Temple, Tirumala, Andra Pradesh, South India. Written by Sri Ramakrishna Dx Archakam. Read here: http://www.srivenkatesa.org/index.php/srivaikhanasam/687#.ULheOrNP9cc.facebook

An article on the Sri Vaikhanasa Agama as it is practised in the Srivari Temple, Tirumala, Andra Pradesh, South India. Written by Sri Ramakrishna Dx Archakam. Read here: http://www.srivenkatesa.org/index.php/srivaikhanasam/687#.ULheOrNP9cc.facebook

The Vaikhanasas occupy a significant position, being the oldest of the priestly communities. Even to this day they largely function as temple priests. They find mention in Vedic corpus, the epics(Mahabharatha and Ramayana), the puranas (like Bhagavatham) and the Smriti literature. They are described as ascetics, hermits, devoted to contemplation on Godhead, and engaged in Vedic sacrificial rituals. Ref: http://www.srihayagrivan.org/html/ebook031.htm

The Vaikhanasas occupy a significant position, being the oldest of the priestly communities. Even to this day they largely function as temple priests. They find mention in Vedic corpus, the epics(Mahabharatha and Ramayana), the puranas (like Bhagavatham) and the Smriti literature. They are described as ascetics, hermits, devoted to contemplation on Godhead, and engaged in Vedic sacrificial rituals. Ref: http://www.srihayagrivan.org/html/ebook031.htm

Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy | Balaji Bhagwan | Srinivasa | Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy | Balaji Bhagwan | Srinivasa | Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

Varalakshmi Vratham at Tirumala temple, read this article here: http://www.m.srivenkatesa.org/index.php/temple/temple-customs/613-varalakshmi-vratham-at-tirumala-temple?set_textsize=big

Varalakshmi Vratham at Tirumala temple, read this article here: http://www.m.srivenkatesa.org/index.php/temple/temple-customs/613-varalakshmi-vratham-at-tirumala-temple?set_textsize=big

TTD, Endowments Department hold ‘shobha yatra’ - The procession that began at Ratham centre on Canal Road here passed through lanes and bylanes in One Town. The Shobha yatra stopped for a while near Venkateswara Swamy temple on Brahmana veedhi in One Town. Ref: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3707020.ece

The TTD officials said that the Mana Gudi was being organised with a view that the Sravana Pournima should bestow the people with all prosperity and happiness.


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