Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah
Sri Ranganaayagi sametha Sri Ranganatha parabrahmane namah
Sri Parasara Battar Thiruvadigale saranam
Sri Parasara Battar’s Sri Rangarajasthavam
Origin of this sloka
One of the dear most disciples of Sri Kurathazhwan was Pillaipillaiazhwan. He was living in Srirangam when the temple was administered by Sri Parasara Battar (more affectionately called Battar). The king who was ruling the province at that time was Veerasundaran. He was in the process of repairing the ramports of the Srirangam temple. At that stage, he noticed that the house of Pillaipillaiazhalwan was obstructing the reparing of the ramport. Hence he ordered to evict Pillaipillaiazhwan. On hearing this, Battar intervened in vain. After this incident, friction developed between Battar and the king. The king gave constant troubles to Battar. One day Battar left Srirangam without informing anyone. He moved to Thirukoshtiyuur.
When Battar was residing at Thirukoshtiyuur, suffering due to the separation of Periyaperumal, Pillai pillaiazhwan came to him. He carried a very happy message for Battar – king eerasundavan passed away. Battar immediately left Thirukoshtiyuur and came to Srirangam. When he returned, he describes the temple city starting from Cauvery, each of the streets, and finally falls at the lotus-feet of Sri Ranganatha. Thus the sloka beautifully describes Srirangam.
This sloka has two parts – poorva (first)and the uttara (concluding ) part. The poorva part has 147 slokas while the uttara part has 105 slokas. This sloka is said to explain the meaning of the dwaya mantra. The poorva part explains the first line of the dwayam while the uttara part explains the second line of the dwayam.