Samashrayanam (Pancha Samskaram)

Sishya’s looking to have Samashrayanam done are requested to contact Acharyan Thirumaligai (Srirangam or Srivilliputhur) to check the availability of Acharyan Swamy and the Location where it will be performed. We request all Sishya’s to come Empty Stomach and should not have food at restaurant or outside the whole day. We will give Prasadaam and that should only be taken the entire day.

Thirumaligai Locations:

Sri. U.Ve. Koil Kandhadai Sirupuliyur Sudhasathvam Thiruvazhi Annan Swamy

New No 43 Old No137 Vadakku (North) Uthra Veedhi Srirangam Tamil Nadu Pin Code – 620006
Landline: +91-431-2432746

Sri U.Ve. Koil Kanthadai Suddhasathvam Kannan Swamy

30 /54 Andal Sannadhi Veedhi Srivilliputhur Virudhunagar District Tamil Nadu Pin Code – 626125
Landline: +91-4563-266925 | Cell: +91-9994119943

Who is called as Acharya?

AchArya means the one who is the foremost among the Vaidhikas (vaidikAgresara), who has devotion to Bhagavan, who is without egoism, who understands the tirumantram according to the correct meaning – that tirumantram is the essence of all the Vedas, the case of all mantras, the document for the inseparable relationship of the soul and the Lord, the savior of Mumukshus-, who has no interest in artha and kAma but yet lives within the world and follows the dharma, artha, kAma (lokaparigraha) [and hence practices dharma, artha and kAma].– Sri Periyavachan Pillai

What is Samashrayanam?

SamAshrayanam means ‘to approach (AchAryA) with all sincerity’. During ‘SamAshrayanam’, the AchAryA initiates a person, irrespective of caste, creed or sex, as his sishyA. It is a commitment from the disciple that he or she will live as per the wishes of the AchAryA. Thus the person gets the link to the Sri Vaishnava paramparA. During SamAshrayanam, Pancha SamskAram (five Purifications) is performed and he becomes a “Sri VaishnavA”.

 The five samskArams and its main purposes are:

1. Thapam – To emboss the impressions of heated Sankha and ChakrA on the arms (near the shoulders).

This is the first samskAram. The AchAryA embosses the impressions of Conch (Shankam) and Discus (Sudarshana chakram) on the left and right arms of the disciple, respectively. The emblem of”Sudarshana ChakrA (Discus)”is heated in the agni and is embossed on the right hand, by chanting a hymn, which translates into “Oh! Sudarshana MahAJwAlA (Highly resplendent), as lusturous as crores of Sun, please show me, an ignorant one, the path of Lord Vishnu”. Then, the emblem of”PAnchajanyam (Conch)”is heated in the fire and is embossed on the left hand, by chanting a hymn, which translates into “Oh! PAnchajanyA! You are capable of driving away the sins of individuals through your sound. Please protect me, a sinner, from this samsArA”

2. Urdhva Pundram – To wear the dvAdasa Urdhva pundram (12 Thiruman & Srichoornam)

From the para-vAsudevA (Sri Vaikuntam) form, nArAyanA emanates into the four vyuha forms namely,

  • VAasudevA (Vyuha VAsudevA)
  • SaNkarshaNA
  • PradyumnA and
  • AniruddhA

From each of these four vyuha forms, nArAyanA emanates into three sub-vyuha forms known as ‘upavyuha’(vyuhAntarA) forms.

VAsudevA -> KeSavA, NArAyanA, MAdhavA
SaNkarshaNA -> GovindA, Vishnu, MadhusUdhanA
PradyumnA -> TrivikramA, VAmanA, SridharA
AniruddhA -> HrusIkeSA, PadmanAbhA, DAmodarA

The Thiruman (white color) should be like the outline of NArAyanAs Lotus foot. Since Red Color is for mangaLam (pirAtti), wear red colored Sri Choornum. SishyAs should follow their respective AchAryAs.

1. Forehead ( Kesava namah )
2. Lower abdomen (middle) ( Narayana namah )
3. Chest ( Madhava namah )
4. Front neck (middle) ( Govinda namah )
5. Lower abdomen (right) ( Visnu namah )
6. Right arm ( Madhusudana namah )
7. Neck (right) ( Trivikrama namah )
8. Lower abdomen (left) ( Vamana namah )
9. Left arm ( Sridhara namah )
10. Neck (left) ( Hrisikesha namah )
11. Back (lower spinal) ( Padmanabha namah )
12. Back (upper spinal) ( Damodara namah )

3. Namam:

The AchAryA adds the name ‘DASAN’ at the end of the disciples name, to indicate that he is forever the servant of Lord Sriman NArAyanA and Bhagavad RAmAnujA. He becomes a ‘RAMANUJA DASAN’. This is highly important.


Prapatti is the only way in this Kali Yuga by which one can reach Sri Vaikuntam (mOksham). Thus, it was Bhagavad RAmAnujA who opened the gates of Sri Vaikuntam for anyone, irrespective of caste, creed or sex. The greatness of Bhagavad RAmAnujA cannot be expressed in mere words.

4. Manthram – To get the initiation of “Rahasya Traya MantrAs” – Thirumantram, Dvayam and charama slokam.

Thirumantram – was revealed by the Lord as Sage Narayana to his disciple Nara in Badrikasrama.
Dvayam – was revealed by the Lord to His consort Sri in Srivishnuloka.
Charama slokam – was revealed by the Lord as Krishna to Arjuna on the chariot in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Eventhough all the five samskArams are highly important, Mantra SamskAram is the most important amongst them. The Rahasya traya (3 secrets) mantrAs are initiated to the sishyA. They are the Thirumantram(AshtAksharam), Dvayam and the Charama slokam.

Plese learn Thirumantram and Dvaya Mantram from Acharya during Samashrayanam as he is one who is Qualified to teach it to Sishya’s

Thirumantram can be recited only in the morning after bath. Dvayam, there is no restrictions. Tell as many times regardless of place and time

Thirumantram japam must be performed daily. Thirumantram japam gives all benefits that one can derive from different mantrAs. More importantly, it facilitates the bondage between the person performing the japam and Sriman NArAyanA for SaranAgati (Prapatti). Dvaya Mantram consists of two lines. It is also called as the ‘Mantra RatnA’ (Gem/Jewel amongst all the MantrAs). This helps one to perform SaranAgati unto Sriman NArAyanA. Once this mantrA is initiated by the AchAryA, it should be recited constantly within ourselves. It is infact an instruction from BhagavAn Ramanuja that Dvayam should be chanted for maximum time possible. Charama slokam is the famous sloka of Srimad Bhagavad GitA. It is a secret because of its invaluable hidden truth. Sriman NArAyanA during His Krishna AvatArA did the Gita UpadesA to all the people through ArjunA. Since Bhakti YogA was highly difficult even for ArjunA, KrishnA out of His Mercy asked him (all the people) to perform ‘Prapatti’, as a means of God-Realisation.

Charama Slokam: (Bhagavad Gita 18:66)

Sarvadharman Parityajya Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja |
Aham tva Sarva Papebhyo Mokshayishyami Masuchaha ||

Meaning: Abandonong all righteous deeds, seek me as your sole refuge, I will liberate you from all sins,Do not greive.

5. YAgnA SamskAram:

In this SamskAram, the AchAryA teaches about Bhagavad ArAdhanA. Method to worship Sriman nArAyanA in proper form (ThiruvArAdhanam Kramum). Please learn directly from our Acharyan Swamy. While doing Bhagavad ArAdhanam to Sriman NArAyanA, one is also reminded about the Lord in various Divya Desams, the nectarian anubhavA of AzhvArs, mercy of our AchAryAs etc. All types of spiritual emotions can be nicely poured out during the Bhagavad ArAdhanam, thereby bringing immense divine ecstacy. This makes one get rid of the sins that propel a person to engage in materialistic pleasures and makes him deeply attached to the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Lord Sriman NArAyanA.

SamskArams are very important in many angles. thApa samskAram makes the sishyA eligible to start performing various kainkaryams to Sriman NArAyanA. The pundra samskAram makes a person eligible to wear the dvAdasa Urdhvapundram, which is a must while performing kainkaryams like Bhagavad ArAdhanam. NAma samskAram makes the sishyA get the intimate relationship with Sriman NArAyanA & Bhagavad RAmAnujA, which is again important while performing kainkaryams. The mantrAs initiated during the mantra samskAram are used to please Sriman NArAyanA while performing kainkaryams like Bhagavad ArAdhanam. So, all the samskArams are ultimately aimed to make the sishyA perform the kainkaryams like Bhagavad ArAdhanam properly.