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Vaikanasa & Pancharathra.!.. What.? Why.? How.?

Pancharathra and Vaikanasa are the two sorts of Vaishnava Agama Sasthras stipulated for the conduct of the SriVaishnava Temples, Poojas, Homa- Rituals, Festivals and Administration.

Such Agama Sasthras have nothing to do with the aspect and concern of the DEVOTEES.

For example Vaikanasa system of Temples in India are Thirumala- Thirupathi, Sreeperumpudur, Srivilliputhur, Oppiliappan Temple near Kumbakonam.

Pancharathra system of Temple is Srirangam. (In fact converted from Vaikanasa by Ramanuja Acharya)

What is the difference between Pancharathra and Vaikanasa systems of Temple-Conduct.?

(1) In the conduct of Poojas there are two Sections… as Manthras and Thanthras.

Manthras are the recitations of the relevant Pooja- Manthras… suiting to the specific purpose and occasion.

Thanthras are Prayogas… similar to keeping our two Palms in worshipping posture while we pray at Temple or elsewhere

…Holding the Nose while performing Pranayamas..
…keeping the two Palms up and down holding the Poonool (Upaveedham / Janeyu) while wearing a new Poonool… and so on.

In the Vaikanasa system… the Thanthras are more than the Manthras… which are more important and Vital…

…while in Pancharathra system… the Manthras are more than the Thanthras.

(2) In Pancharathra system… according to the urgent needs and circumstances… the Poojas can be reduced, skipped off and confined to lesser time of performance…

…whereas in Vaikanasa system… under No circumstances and justification the conduct of Poojas can be restricted or any part skipped off.

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