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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Swami Manavala Mamunigal sarrumurai at Periamet Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Temple

For a Chennai resident, trip to Chennai Central is but regular- beside the iconic Red building that provides the trackway to many other destinations, is another landmark building – the Ripon Building, a fine modern attempt at the Indo-Saracenic, the headquarters of the Corporation, to which the move from Errabalu Chetty street was made in 1913.

Nearer is located the famous Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to which people thronged in large numbers today to witness the home team Chennaiyin FC play FC Goa in Indian Super league 4.  There was so much of tumult as after two goalless draws, it was entirely a different ball game as the host lost 2-3 in their opening campaign at Chennai.  The Goa team had the better of exchanges in the early part of the first half and maintained its stranglehold ~ this is no post on Sports but what the group from Triplicane, who travelled to Periamet had in store at the famous Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Swami temple. 

செடியார் வினைகள் தீர்மருந்தே. திருவேங் கடத்தெம் பெருமானே,
நொடியார் பொழுதும் உன பாதம் காண நோலாதாற்றேனே.

சுவாமி நம்மாழ்வாரின் அமுத வார்த்தைகள்.  திருவேங்கடமலையில் உறைகின்ற எம்பெருமான், நிலத்தில் விளையக்கூடிய எத்தகைய  மருந்தைக் காட்டிலும் மலையில் விளையும் அசேதநமான மருந்து; அத்தகைய அற்புத எம்பெருமானை ஒரு நொடிக்கணமும் பிரிந்திருக்ககில்லாது, அவனது திருவடி தாமரைகளையே எப்போதும் சிந்தித்து உய்வுபெறுவோமாக என்கிறார்.  செடியாய வல்வினைகள் தீர்க்கும் திருப்பதி திருவேங்கடமுடையான் நாம் சிந்திக்கும் திசைகளிலெல்லாம் நமக்கு அருள் புரிகிறான். 

சென்னை சென்ட்ரல் ரயில் நிலையம் அருகில் பெரியமேடு என்றழைக்கப்படும் இடத்தில் ஸ்ரீ பிரசன்ன வெங்கடேசப்பெருமாள் கோவில் அமைந்துள்ளது.


As one moves on the Sydenhams road leading to the famous Nehru stadium – is the Periamet area, the  hub of leather trade in the city. You may not have  ventured into the many winding small lanes through Karpura Mudali Street to Thoppai Street ~ and what a great darshan it turned out to be !  – today, we had the fortune of darshan of Prasanna Venkatachalapathi, Alarmelmangai thayar and .. .. Swami Emperumanar with our Acharyar Swami Manavala Mamunigal  


Ramanujacharya  travelled far and wide through the Bharatham – he went to Thiruvananthapuram, established order at Thirumala, went to Kashmeeram  to access ‘boddhayana vrutti’ – a rate treatise on Vyasa brahma sutra. While his thirumenis at Srirangam, Thirumalai, Thirupathi, Sriperumpudur, Thirunarayanapuram, Thirukachi, Thiruvallikkeni and many many more places are exceptionally prominent, there are thousands more at other temples too .. .. ….



Today, we  had darshan of our Swami Ramanujar and Acharyar Sri Manavala Mamunigal  at Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Thoppai St., Periamet, Chennai 3 – there was rendering of Kovil Thiruvaimozhi, Iramanusa Noorranthathi and Upadesa Rathinamalai.  Here are some photos taken today by me.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

19th Nov. 2017













Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thirumayilai Sri Peyalwar mangalasasanam at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam 2017

Thirumayilai  Sri Peyalwar mangalasasanam at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam

Today 14th Nov 2017 is Ekadasi day.  On all Ekadasis, there will be periya maada veethi purappadu of Sri Parthasarathi Swami at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam.  Today is more  special.  Over a decade now, annually Sri Peyalwar from Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam has been visiting Thiruvallikkeni for mangalasasanam of the Divyadesa perumal.


Here is how he enjoyed seeing the Lord on that beautiful rainy day at Thirukkovalur whence in the company of Sri Poigai Alwar and Bootathalwar, lighting with the Universe and love, had darshan of Emperuman.  He glorifies as having seen the lotus-dame on the frame of Ocean-hued most bountiful Lord, who wields a fiery discuss (Chakra) and the dextral conch (Sangam) in His Hands and radiating more than the Golden Sun ~ what a darshan and how great even to imagine such a darshan .. .. ..  in his Moonram thiruvantathi, Alwar starts :

திருக்கண்டேன் பொன்மேனி கண்டேன் * திகழு
மருக்கனணி நிறமுங்கண்டேன்செருக்கிளரும்
பொன்னாழி கண்டேன் புரிசங்கங்கைக் கண்டேன்*
என்னாழி வண்ணன்  பாலின்று**

Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam better known as ‘Kesava Perumal Kovil’ is near Mylai Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Chithirai kulam belongs to this Temple.  As we all know, among the 12 Azhwaars of Srivaishanva Tradition, Poigai Azhwar, Boothath Azhwar and Peyazhwar – were the ones to have decended on this Earth earlier.  They were contemporaries and are praised as “Muthal Azhwars (the first among the Azhwars).  They were born in the month of “Aippasi: in the thirunakshathirams of ‘Thiruvonam, Avittam, Sathayam’ respectively.


Sri Peyalwar was born in a tank in Mylapore (thence known as Mylai Thiruvallikkeni).  His birthplace is in the present day Arundel Street in Mylapore closer to Mylai Madhaava Perumal Kovil.  At Thiruvallikkeni, the road adjacent to Sri Parthasarathi Kovil houses a separate sannathi (temple by itself) for Sri Peyalwar and the street is named after the Azhwar and is known as ‘Peyazhwar kovil Street’.

Among the 12 Azhwaars of Srivaishanva Tradition, Poigai Azhwar, Boothath Azhwar and Peyazhwar – were the ones to have descended on this Earth earlier.  They were contemporaries and are praised as “Muthal Azhwars (the first among the Azhwars).  They were born in the month of “Aippasi: in the thirunakshathirams of ‘Thiruvonam, Avittam, Sathayam’ respectively. This divine trio met on a rainy day at Thirukkovalur – when they sang 100 verses each which now form part of Moonravathu Ayiram (Iyarpa) in Naalayira Divyaprabandham. 



Now the Peyalwar who graces the Mylai  Kesava Perumal temple – annually visits Thiruvallikkeni in a grand procession.  Sri Peyalwar is taken in a palanquin and nearer Triplicane [at the TP koil Street – Besant Road Junction] – the pallakku is opened to let all devotees have his darshan fully.  From there, Peyalwar is taken on a grand procession in Chinna mada veethi with ‘Moondram Thiruvanthathi’ goshti – from the Vahana mandapam, Azhwar enters Thirukovil in kaipalagai.  Sri Peyazhwar visits all sannathies inside the Temple ~ those of Lord Venkata Krishnan, Vedavalli Thayar, Varada Rajar, Azhagiya Singar and Andal and does mangalasasanam – i.e., ‘praying and praising the divine Gods and begetting happiness in doing so’.

Sri Peyawlar has sung about Thiruvallikkeni temple in his ‘Moondram Thiruvanthati’ – today’s purappadu from Mylapore was delayed due to some contingency and later  in the evening at around 0800pm, there was the grand purappadu of Sri Peyalwar with Lord Sri Parthasarathi.   It was a grand festival grandly organized by Sri NC Sridhar, Trustee of Sri Kesava Perumal Kovil, Mylapore….   Here are some photos taken on the occasion.



Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan [Srinivasan Sampathkumar from Thiruvallikkeni]







Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Malabar DEvaswom trying violent take-over of Guruvayur Sri Parathasarathy temple

For us, Thiruvallikkeni, the abode of Sriman Narayana as Lord Sri Parthasarathi, the charioteer of Arjun [Parthan] is everything ~ here is something on another divyadesam where the presiding deity is Parthasarathi ~ and another temple where things are not so good now ! sad !!

Most likely you have had darshan of that most beautiful charming little Sri Krishna at Guruvayur, the hero on whom thousands of mellifluous songs have been sung.  Guruvayur in Thrissur houses Guruvayur Sree Vishnu Temple, the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day.  Guruvayur, according to the legends is more than  5,000 years old as the Guruvayur temple idol is. Lord Krishna, asked 2 sages to take the idol from his temple in Dwarka while the city was being destroyed and establish it in Kerala. The idol of lord krishna was brought by Vayu deva and brhaspathi and was placed in guruvayur.

The land of Kerala once contributed much to Hindu culture and civilization, but is now poised as its destroyer. This land has a great line of Rishis, preceptors, with Jagadguru Sankaracharya born here in Kaladi. Aryabhatta I, astronomer and many more have been  true sons of the Hindutva tradition of ancient Kerala. Now the State has seen many killings and spillage of blood. A few months back, an young activist  Rajesh Edavakode, 34, was hacked to death reportedly by left-wing Marxist workers in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Rajesh was stabbed mercilessly. Over 70 wounds were inflicted, his left hand severed and his right leg dismembered and flung into the rice fields.  That speaks volumes on the way Red rules the land.

Washington Post recently had an article titled ‘One of the few places where a communist can still dream’ – it started - On a recent morning in southern India, one of the world’s last true-believing communists rose to speak in a place where communists can still whip up the masses and win elections.  The  finance minister for the state of Kerala, gazed out at a crowd of hundreds gathered to honour the founding father of Kerala’s communist party, a man killed by a snakebite while organizing farmworkers whose dying words were reputed to have been: “Comrades, forward!” “We are trying to build our dream state in this fascist India!” Isaac began, and in so many ways it was still true. A century after Bolsheviks swarmed the Winter Palace in Petrograd, Russia (now St. Petersburg), the Indian state of Kerala, home to 35 million people, remains one of the few places on earth where a communist can still dream… .. .. .. reads the article which has created some furore

This is no post on Communism or the merciless killings but on the struggle of devout and Temples !!  -  Devaswom are socio-religious trusts in Kerala  that comprise members nominated by both government and community. Their aim is to manage Hindu temples and their assets and to ensure their smooth operation in accordance with traditional rituals and customs. After the passing of the States Reorganisation Act 1956 (Act No. 37 of 1956 ),Malabar district excluding the islands of Lacadives and Minicoy and Kasargod Taluk of South Kanara district came to be known as Malabar district in the state of Kerala along with the territories of the existing State or Travancore and Cochin. Under the legal provision of adaptation Clause in part XI of the Kerala Service Rule Act, the Madras H.R & C.E Act 1926 came to be under the administrative supervisory control of the Government of Kerala.  The four Kerala devaswoms (Guruvayur, Travancore, Malabar and Cochin) together control the finances of nearly 3000 temples i.e., taking away the donations and property doing nothing for the devotees and the religion.

In the land of Guruvayur there is a temple for Sri Parthasarathi,  the temple in present form  was built on the advice of Acharya and the rituals and prayers were done strictly. The followers of Sri Shankaracharya added glory to the temple and placed the idols of Lord Krishna in it. The temple came under the control of the Trichur 'Naduvil Madam' where it flourished greatly. It was later taken over by the Mallissery Brahmins. During Tipu's time, the temple lost its glory. The temple's walls, the eating place - 'ootupura', 'vaadil madam' and other sections collapsed and for years it stayed unnoticed. Finally it was renovated and today the temple stands glorified.

The presiding deity of the Parthasarathy Temple of Guruvayur is Lord Krishna, in the form of Parthasarathy (charioter). It is  believed that  this Glorious “Idol” was the “One” worshiped by Kunthi Devi, mother of Pandavas, in Indraprastha during dwaparayuga.  Now this temple is under threat of a violent take over by the Red Govt trying to usurp the money and glory of the temple.  Recently, members of Hindu Aikya Vedi and temple committee blocked nearly 250 cops and officials of Malabar Devaswom Board  when they turned up at the Pardhasarathi Temple in Guruvayur to take over the temple administration citing a High Court order. The stalemate that began at 7 am ended at 5.30 pm. Devaswom officials returned after a filing a police complaint that they were prevented from doing their duty. Soon after, 12 cops in civil dress entered the temple. Protesters closed the main entrance of the temple to prevent officials and police.

It is the much usual way ~ allege corruption, take over and then institutionalise corruption.  It is happening in Tamil Nadu ~ the wealth, donations and all the money goes to the Govt in the name of administration and misused for all other needs with nothing done for the original purpose for which devotees made such funds.  Can the secular Govts do this with any other religion ?? dare not !! – sad now another temple is falling to the Malabar Devaswom.  

In concluding the other divyadesam dedicated to Lord Parthasarathi is at ‘ Aramula ~ Thiruvaranvilai.’  The Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is in  Aranmula, a village in Pathanamthitta District of  Kerala.   Constructed in the Kerala style of architecture, the temple is glorified in Thiruvaimozhi of  Swami Nammalwar. (10 songs – 7aam Pathu – Patham Thiruvaimozhi). சிந்தை மகிழ் திருவாறன் விளையுறை  தீர்த்தனுக் கற்றபின்னே.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
7th Nov. 2017


Monday, October 30, 2017

Sri Peyalwar Sarrumurai 2017 : ஐப்பசி மாத ‘சதயம்’

Chennai and many parts of Tamil Nadu are experiencing heavy rains ~ it is lightning and thunder show.  Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, leading to waterlogging and traffic snarls in the city today.  The Northeast Monsoon, which arrived had its onset on 28 October following the withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon, brings most of the rainfall to Tamil Nadu. – for the water starved people of the metropolis, rains are certainly welcome – yet this morning, I felt a little bit unhappy and my fears were confounded when I went to Sri Parthasarathi swami temple in the morning !!

Mylapore has been a shoppers’ paradise ~  the  historical place has two MRTS railway stations : Thirumayilai and Sri Mundakakanni amman temple.  In between runs Kutchery road, linking Beach Road with Luz Junction and you would have travelled many a times on this – do you know that one of the bylanes leads to a famous landmark with divine connection !  - the Arundale Street .. ..  next time, for sure when you travel on Kutchery road towards beach, you might take a turn and reach this place, if you have not visited this earlier…. at Arundale Street  – otherwise not so noticeable one… that winds its way towards Sri Madhava Perumal Kovil ~ and just a couple of yards in to the Street, lies this famous place with divine connection.

Among the 12 Azhwaars of Srivaishanva Tradition, Poigai Azhwar, Boothath Azhwar and Peyazhwar – were the ones to have descended on this Earth earlier.  They were contemporaries and are praised as “Muthal Azhwars (the first among the Azhwars).  They were born in the month of “Aippasi: in the thirunakshathirams of ‘Thiruvonam, Avittam, Sathayam’ respectively. This divine trio met on a rainy day at Thirukkovalur – when they sang 100 verses each which now form part of Moonravathu Ayiram (Iyarpa) in Naalayira Divyaprabandham. 

Sri Peyalwar ~ Mylai Madhava Perumal Kovil


ஐப்பசி மாதம் சதயம்திருநட்சத்திரத்தில் பேயாழ்வார் திருமயிலையில் அவதரித்தார்.  ஒரு காலத்தில் திருவல்லிக்கேணி பிருந்தாரண்யம் என துளசிகாடாக இருந்ததைப் போலவே, திருமயிலை புதர்கள் மண்டி, மரங்கள் அடர்ந்து காடாக இருந்திருக்கிறது.  சிறப்பு வாய்ந்த இந்தத்தலத்தில் திருமாதவப் பெருமாள் திருக்கோயில் அருகில் உள்ள ஒரு குளத்தில் (கிணற்றில்)அதிசயமான செவ்வல்லி மலரிலே மஹாவிஷ்ணுவின் ஐம்படைகளில் ஒன்றாகிய நாந்தகம் எனும் வாளின் அம்சமாக பேயாழ்வார் அவதரித்தார்.  இவர்  அயோநிஜர்.  இந்த அவதாரஸ்தலம் - இன்று அருண்டேல் தெரு என அழைக்கப்படும் வீதியில் மிக சாதரணமாகஉள்ளது.

ஆழ்வார் அவதரித்த கிணறு

அருண்டேல் தெருவில் உள்ள ஸ்ரீ பேயாழ்வார் அவதாரஸ்தலம்

Sri Peyalwar was born in a well in Mylapore (thence known as Mylai Thiruvallikkeni).  His birthplace is in the present day Arundel Street [described in the first para of this post]  in Mylapore closer to Mylai Sri Madhaava Perumal Kovil.  At Thiruvallikkeni, the road adjacent to Sri Parthasarathi Kovil houses a separate sannathi (temple by itself) for Sri Peyalwar and this street is named after the Azhwar and is known as ‘Peyazhwar kovil Street’.


peyalwar kovil street, Triplicane..  

முதல் ஆழ்வார்கள் மூவரும் ஒரு நல்ல மழைநாளில் திருக்கோவலுரில் ஒரு இடைகழியில் சந்தித்தனர். முதலில் பொய்கை ஆழ்வார் அங்கே இருந்தார்; பூதத்தாழ்வார் அவ்விடம் வந்தபோது, 'ஒருவர் படுக்கலாம்,இருவர் இருக்கலாம்' என இடமளித்தார். பிறகு பேயாழ்வாரும் அங்கே வரவே "ஒருவர் படுக்கலாம், இருவர் இருக்கலாம், மூவர் நிற்கலாம்' என அவரை இருவரும் வரவேற்றனர். ஸ்ரீமன்நாராயணன் அவர்களை சோதிக்க எண்ணி தானும் உட்புகுந்தபோது, முதலில் பொய்கைஆழ்வார் "வையம் தகளியா, வார்கடலே நெய்யாகக் கொண்டு  (உலகத்தையே விளக்காகவும் பெரியகடலை நெய்யாகவும்) நூறு பாடல்கள் பாடினார்.  பிறகு, பூதத்தாழ்வார், 'அன்பேதகளியா ஆர்வமே நெய்யாக'க் கொண்டு (அன்பை விளக்காகவும் ஆர்வமான எண்ணங்களை நெய்யாகவும்) நூறு பாடல்கள் பாடினார்.

பொய்கை ஆழ்வார், பூதத்தாழ்வார் இவர்களது அருளால் இவ்வாறான விளக்குகளில் ரத்னாகரமான கடலை கண்டது போல எம்பெருமானுடைய நிர்ஹேதுககடாக்ஷம் பெற்று,பேயாழ்வார்,  திருமகள் கேள்வனான எம்பெருமானை முழுவதுமாக அனுபவித்து

 "திருக்கண்டேன், பொன்மேனி கண்டேன், *திகழும்
 அருக்கன் அணி நிறமும் கண்டேன்;* செருக்கிளரும்
 பொன்னாழி கண்டேன், புரிசங்கம் கைக்கண்டேன்,*
 என்னாழி வண்ணன் பால் இன்று"  - என "மூன்றாம்திருவந்தாதி"  நூறு பாடல்கள் அருளிச் செய்தார்.

Sri Parthasarathi perumal photo taken in 2015


Today 30th Oct 2017 happens to be ‘Sadhayam in the month of Aippasi’ ~ the sarrumurai of Sri Peyalwar.  But for the rains,  Sri Peyalwar would come to the temple take along  Sri Parthasarathi swami  to his sannathi ~ there would be thirumanjanam and in the evening there would be grand purappadu of Alwar with Sri Parthasarathi.  This morning due to incessant rains, it was decided that only Alwar would come to the Temple and there would be no purappadu of Perumal.  Sarrumurai purappadu in the evening too had to be curtailed too short due to heavy rains.


sarrumurai purappadu - eve @ allikkeni
pic Thirumalai vinjamoor Venkatesh @ Jilla

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

30th Oct 2017