HariharAbheda Stuti of Srimad Appayya Dikshita



Chaitra Purnima  is well known as the date in our Hindu calendar in which Chitragupta, the assistant of Lord Yama, writes down the punya-papa-karmas of all humans. Another significant event took place on this date in our Sampradaya (Shankaracharya’s tradition). Srimad Appayya Dikshitendra, an Incarnation of an amsha of the Lord, who appeared some 500 years ago in Tamil Nadu merged with the deity of Lord Natarajar in Chidambaram.


Advaitavidyacharya Srimad Appayya Dikshitendra was equally devoted to Lord Vishnu and to Lord Siva. This wonderful Stotram which was sung by Him in the Kshetram of Chidambaram addressing simultaneously the Deities of both Govindaraja Swami and Nataraja Swami reveals His attitude of equal devotion towards both of Them. An Advaitin never looks at any of the Devatas with a taratamya-drshti. Dikshitendra offers obeisance to Chidambaram Govindarajar in one half of each of the four padas (quarters) of each shloka in this work, and to Chidambaram Natarajar in the latter half. This is a wonderful Stotram to recite in Chidambaram Natarajar temple where one can have the darshanam of Sri Govindarajar on the left and Sri Natarajar on the right simultaneously.

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