The Vedas describe Lord Vishnu as the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of and beyond the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu governs the aspect of preservation and sustenance of the universe, so he is called "Preserver of the universe- Biswambhara."
The Pancharatra Agama and Vaikhanasa Agama are the Agamas that glorify or praise the Supreme Lord as Vishnu.
Pancharatra are Vaishnava Sanskrit Agamic texts. Literally meaning five nights (panca: five, ratra: nights),the term Pancharatra has been variously interpreted. The term has also been attributed to the Shatapatha Brahmana 12.6 wherein Narayana performed a sacrifice for five nights and became a transcendent and immanent being. The Pancharatra Agamas constitute the most important texts of the Srivaishnava Sampradaya of Ramanuja.The Pancharatra Agamas are composed of more than 200 texts; with various suggested time periods of composition; including the 3rd century BC, and a period between 600 AD to 850 AD. During the 11th century AD Ramanuja, a founder of Sri Vaishnava traditions of Vaishnavism had established the Pancharatra system of Vaishnavism for his followers. Surrender to god is one of the core teachings of Pancharatra.
"AnukUlyasya samkalpah prAtikUlyasya varjanam | rakshishyatIti viSvAso goptRtva varaNam tathA ||AtmA nikshepa kArpaNye shadvidhA SaraNagatih || (Lakshmi Tantra 17, 59-61)
The six aspects of surrender in Pancharatra are as follows
The Pancharatra texts are samhitas and tantras which both classify as Agama due to subject matter. The Agamas are predominantly divided into Saiva, Sakta and Vaishnava Agamas. Based on the Purusha Sukta, (Rigveda 10.90) the Pancharatra Agamas teach that God (Narayana or Vasudeva) manifests the whole world from one fourth of himself. Therefore three parts of the supreme are immortal nectar that can be attained by liberated beings.
The Trust feels that the unique concept of Pancharatra Agamas has to be clearly understood and passed on to the present generation. With this motive in mind, His Holinesses have started the Pancharatra Agama Patasala at Tirupati for this purpose. The Patasala strives hard to provide the basic knowledge and in-depth view of the Pancharatra Agamas to the young minds of the present generation.
Boys from Brahmin families 4th standard and above but below 7th standard with Upanayanam done can apply.
The patasala will provide full agamic ritual education through a qualified Guru who stays in campus with a well-planned timetable. The patasala has house staff consisting of one Agamic teacher, cook and two caretakers for the premises. The selected students stay in campus and pursue their agamic studies with a dedicated time schedule. The students’ grasp and excellence are monitored through various ways like Exams, Practical Classes, Competitions and various other methods.
Pancharatra Agama Patasala
Upadyaya Nagar, Grand World Line, 5th Cross Street,