Jnana Yajna – Kamba Ramayanam

Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Sat. and Sun.)
7:30 PM- 9:00 PM (M-F)

Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s ideals and talks, Swami Ramakrishnananda joined the Tamil Vedanta Course at Tamaraipakkam near Chennai, under the guidance of Swami Sridharananda. He was initiated as Brahmachari Gagan Chaitanya.

He has served in Trichy, Sri Lanka, Coimbatore, Reunion Island since 1995, and at present he is the Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Nagapattinam. In the year 2010 he was blessed with Sannyasa diksa as Swami Ramakrishnananda.

Swamiji is an excellent orator and has a very unique and jovial way of teaching. He is very popular among the young and the old alike. He is passionate about Sanskrit and his hallmark is the “Easy Sanskrit Course” which has come as an aid for the bloomers in learning Sanskrit.

Kamba Ramayanam

In the 12th century a great Tamil poet, Kamban, from Tiruvaluntur, Tanjore district, South India – was the author of the Ramavataram, popularly known as Kamba Ramayanam, the Tamil version of the Valmiki Ramayana written in Sanskrit with 24,000 verses.

Kamba Ramayanam of Kamban is an epic of about 11,000 stanzes. It is not a translation of the epic by Valmiki, but a re-telling of the story of Lord Rama in Tamil.

Kamba Ramayanam occupies a unique place in the Tamil literature. Kamban was a master of the poetic form and his ability to weave magic with word is evident in many places in the epic. Kamban’s poetry is unparalleled, in the opinions of Tamil poets.

Kamba Ramayanam was first delivered in Sri Raganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, at the court hall Kambar Arangetra Mandapam) near Thaayar sannithi. Kamban read it in front of the Narasimha Swami in Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The Swami applauded by laughing out aloud from his Sanctum Sanctoram (Mettu Narasimhar Sannidhi), and this was taken as proof of approval.