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DEPARTURE FOR SRl RANGAM
Vararahga was the son of Yamunacarya. He was a renowned singer and had set to music the beauti¬ful verses known as the Sahasra'giti. Having received these instructions, Mahapurna sent Vara¬rahga to KahcTpuram after instructing him as to how he should accomplish his mission. Every day in the temple of Varadaraja Vararahga would sing bhajans before the Lord in such an exquisite way that anyone who heard him would become struck with wonder and filled with ecstasy. Eventually Lord Varadaraja became so pleased with Vararahga that He offered him a benediction in return for his services. Of course, Vararahga requested the Lord's permission for Ramanuja to come to Sri Rahgam to be the acarya of the Vaisnavas there.Ramanuja was sorry to leave KahcTpuram, particularly as this meant losing the association of KahcTpuma. But, at the same time, he was pleased at the prospect of being with the disciples of Alabandara. Thus it was with mixed feelings that he set off with Vararahga a few days later to make the journey from Kahcipuram to Sri Rahgam.All the people of Rahgaksetra were delighted when Yatiraja arrived in their city, and the assembly of Vaisnavas immediately installed him as the acarya. Lord Rahganatha was also very pleased to see this purehearted devotee in His temple, and He bestowed upon him two mystic powers the ability to cure the sick and the strength to protect the devotees from illusion. On hearing the news of Ramanujacarya's coming to Sri Rahgam, many Vaisnavas from the surrounding area came to see him; all were thrilled to hear his wonderful explanations of Vaisnava philosophy.