Sri Parasara Bhattar
Sri Parasara Bhattar was the son of Koorathazhvar and was the chief priest of the great Sri Rangam temple. This great stotra is said to have been composed when Bhattar had to leave the city of Srirangam. He had angered the Chola king, and retreated to stay at Thirukkoshtiyur. The great love he had for Sri Ranganatha, the Lord of Srirangam, and the anguish he experienced because he of his forced departure from the the Lord are reflected in the verses of this prayer he composed to the Lord of Srirangam..
I salute that Lord of Ranga,
Who sleeps in the yogic pose,
On the bed of Adisesha,
Below the tall vimana,
Which resembles a lotus bud,
And is surrounded by seven ramparts,
And which is in between two Kaveri rivers,
With his right hand near his crown,
And his lotus like merciful left hand,
Pointing towards his feet which take care of us all.
When will I be able to see and salute that Lord Ranganatha,
Wearing long pundarika* of musk, having mischievous eyes extending to the ears,
Wearing a pretty smile, having beautiful lips, wearing gem studded crown,
And having a lotus like face which bewitches all those who see him?
* Holy mark on the forehead
When will I be able to spend my days in the city of Ranga,
On the shores of Kaveri meditating on my Lord,
Who is sleeping on the king of serpents,
And who has a very pretty form of the colour of Indra’s sapphire,
And muttering his names, Oh slayer of Madhu,
Oh Narayana, Oh Hari and Oh Govinda
When will I able to take bath in the clear waters of Kaveri?
When will I able to live in the dense gardens which are there,
In the shores of that river which are panacea for tiredness?
And when I will be able to sit on the sands in the shore of Kaveri,
Which leads to all that is good and chant the names like,
Oh Lord of Ranga, Oh Lotus eyed one, Oh Lord who sleeps on sesha.
When I will be able to see again that holy and pretty city of Srirangam,
Which has waters which are as deep as half the arecanut tree,
Which has happy, perplexed birds who chatter the words of Vedas,
And which has wayfarers requesting for salvation everywhere?
I do not want to drink the nectar and sleep,
On the pretty gardens of even the abode of devas,
But would prefer to be a dog in the street,
Which serve your city, Oh Lord of Ranga.
You get done worships to pacify the ills,
Of your temple being touched by a lowly dog,
Which is a charge, which is patently false,
And Oh Lord of Ranga, what are you going to do,
When I, a much lowlier being, enter your temple.
The saint Ramanuja gets pleased due to his devotion to,
Sri Ranga, Vishnu Kanchi, Tirupathi, Tharkshyagiri,
Simhachala, Sri Koorma, Jagannatha, Bhadrinath, Naimisarnya,
Dwaraka, Prayaga, Mathura, Ayodhya, Gaya, Pushkara,
And mountain Salagrama which are all divine temples!
Excerpted and adapted from: http://www.celextel.org/stotrasvishnu/ranganathastotram.html