Vaidehi sahitam suradrumatale haime mahamantape
madhye pushpakamasane manimaye veerasane susthitam
agre vaachayati prabhanjanasute tattvam munibhyah param
vyakhyantam bharatabhihi parivritam ramam bhaje shyamalam
This is the traditional and famous dhyana sloka of the Srimad Ramayana. It salutes Sri Rama as Pattabhirama along with his entourage comprising Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Satrughna, Hanuman and others. Iconological representation and worship of this image is very rare. Upasana of Pattabhirama is unique and extremely powerful in yielding manifold benefits such as rajabhoga, success, victory and all auspiciousness. By the sankalpa and upasana of Sri Guruji, Shrivaikuntham-Namaalayam, coming up at Selaiyur-Chitlapakkam, will enshrine this form of Lord Rama, Mangala Pattabhirama along with another wish-yielding form of Kalyanavarada Kothandarama.
Significance of the Vigrahas
The vigrahas, Mangala Pattabhirama and Kalyana Kothandarama, to be enshrined in Shrivaikuntham are unique in many ways. They were sanctified by a Mahotsava of mammoth proportion namely the Sri Sitarama Maha Samrajya Pattabhisheka Mahotsava.
The pattabhishekam form is an iconological representation of the Ramayana per se as it encompasses all aspects of Rama Upasana. It has been specifically sculpted (vigraha lakshanam) to fulfill the dharmic desires of the devotees.
Sri Rama sitting majestically in virasana with ‘jnana mudra’ provides – jnana, stability, powers, health and long life. His left hand gently rests on the shoulder of Sita. His face radiates a soft and serene smile, captivating one and all.
Devi Sita sits on His lap sporting a lotus in Her right hand. The left hand points downward, the varada hasta, the gesture of bestowing boons. Her little feet are slightly extended in front, as if beckoning the devotees and granting freedom from fear. This depiction of Sita is quite rare. She provides financial prosperity and contentment. Together it appears like Vishnu-Lakshmi or Siva-Sakti seated together.
Lakshmana stands in the front of the couple, slightly to a side with folded hands. He exudes the attitude of a supplicant servant ever waiting for the Lord ready to execute it immediately. Bharata and Satrughna stand at each side, gently fanning the Lord, their faces exuding contentment at the blessed kainkarya that they perform. Sri Anjaneya with a ‘palm-leaf’ and ‘jnana mudra’ provides knowledge – both worldly and spiritual. He also destroys all evils and bestows success.
Generally, Sri Rama would be in standing pose accompanied with Devi Sita, Lakshmana and Sri Anjaneya (as in the other vigraha Kalyanavarada Kothandarama). However, Mangala Pattabhirama at Shrivaikuntam – Namaalayam is with Bharata and Satrughna as well. The presence of all the amshas of Sri Rama lends a purnatva to the vigraha. This is reflected in the all round well-being of the devotees.