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ANDHRAPURNA'S DEVOTION TO HIS GURU
Ramanujacarya was now one hundred years old, and, though he lived for twenty years more, he never again left SrT Rahgam. For the remainder of his life Andhrapurna was engaged constantly in his personal service, supplying everything that his guru required.Once when Lord Rahganatha came out of the temple on procession, all the devotees left the as* rama to join in the worship. The Lord was gorgeously decorated with jewels and flower garlands as he rode through the streets on a beautiful palanquin. Ramanuja, thus beholding the glory of Lord Narayana, felt himself blessed with divine mercy.Only one of Yatiraja's disciples was absent from this festival—Andhrapurna, who had remained at the dsrama boiling milk for his guru. When Ramanuja asked him why he had neglected this opportu¬nity to worship the Lord, Andhrapurna replied, "If I had gone outside the dsrama to worship Lord Rahganatha, then my worship inside would have suffered. How is it possible for me to neglect my devotional duties?