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Friday, October 20, 2017

Swami Manavala Mamunigal day 5 2017 : அன்னக்கூட உத்சவம்

Swami Manavala Mamunigal day 5 2017 : அன்னக்கூட உத்சவம்

அன்னக்கூட  உத்சவம்  - Anna koota Uthsavam
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:
Srimath Varavara Munaye Nama:

On day 5 of Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam  – what a dharshan it was - of Sri Parthasarathi  – sublime beauty,  draped in beautiful silk dress, dressed like a Cowherd King, wearing  a turban,  whip in his hand, the other hand resting, adorning many jewels, including impeccable shining ear rings ~ he was also wearing bangles - what a marvellous treat to His bakthas.  – and it is the day of Govardhana giri Gopala.

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We all go to temples and worship Lord in various forms.  For us the Lord is Omnipresent and the beautiful Uthsavar symbolizing Him comes on the street to provide darshan and protect us.   Often we stand before the Lord and rekindle our worries beseeching His benevolence in getting remedy. There are others who visualize Him in various swaroopams and enjoy Him in their inner souls.   Saint Periyazhwaar, when he saw Lord Sriman Narayana astride Garuda, started thinking of His magnificence and started singing paeans seeking that no harm ever happen to the Greatest !
                        Our little Sri Krishna was born in Mathura in a prison of Kamsa ~ the kingdom of Mathura was earlier known as Braj, perhaps the name derived from Vajrasan.  All places associated with Lord Krishna enamour us .. .. nearer Mathura, is Gokulam, Brindavan, Govardhan – the places where Krishna exhibited so many wonders and grew up along with Balarama.

Today ( 20th Oct 2017  )  is the 5th  day of Swami Manavaala Mamunigal Uthsavam celebrated as “Annakoota Uthsavam.” On this day,  lot of Chakkarai pongal, kadambam and other such offerings are made to Perumal. This is to commemorate the lifting of ‘Govardhana Giri’ by Lord Krishna on the day when it rained very heavily when the cowherds were making offerings to Indira.  Govardhana (गोवर्धन) is a 8km long hill located near the town of Vrindavan, in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh – it is the sacred hills of Braj.   Lord  Krishna as he grew up, saw  preparations for the annual offering to Indra and questioned his father Nandagopala, instructed the villagers on what their dharma as farmers was.  An angered Indira  flooded the village. Lord Krishna protected the village people and their cattle by lifting the Govardhana hill with his little finger.

Understand that in Northern part, hundreds of sweet dishes are offered to Lord Krishna on this day. Here is a photo taken from  the web of  - which depicts hundreds of sweets offered on the altar in the shape of Govardhan hill.

Today  evening at Thiruvallikkeni, on the occasion of Anna Kooda Uthsavam, there was the magnificent purappadu of Lord Parthasarathi –    It was a very rare Darshan to behold… Here are some photos of  5th day festival of Sri Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam 

Regards – S. Sampathkumar
இன்று  மணவாள மாமுனிகள் உத்சவம்  அன்னக்கூட உத்சவம் என பிரசித்தி. இன்று பெருமாளுக்கு கதம்பம் முதலான அன்னங்கள் அமுது செய்விக்கப் படுகின்றன.'இந்திரனுக்கு என்று ஆயர்கள் எடுத்த எழில் விழவில்’  என  'கோவர்தனகிரி' பிரபாவம்   நினைவு கூறப்படுகின்றது. 
ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாள் 'ஆயர் குலத்தில்வந்து உதித்தவராக  கோல் (சாட்டை), தலைப்பாகைதண்டம்என அணிந்து மிக அழகாக சேவை சாதித்தார். "சீலை குதம்பை ஒரு காதுஒரு காது செந்நிற மேல்  தோன்றிப் பூ" என கண்ணன் கன்றுகள் மேய்த்துவரக் கண்டு யசோதை மகிழ்ந்ததை பெரியாழ்வார் அனுபவித்த வண்ணம்ஸ்ரீபார்த்தசாரதி தனது காதுகளில் 'ஓலை மற்றும் பூபோன்ற திருவாபரணங்களை அணிந்து கொண்டு அழகான பட்டு உடுத்திகைகளில் வளைகள் அணிந்து சேவை சாதித்தது நம் போன்றோர்க்கு கிடைத்தற்கரியது.   
20.10.2017  இன்று புறப்பாட்டின் போது எடுக்கப்பட்ட சில படங்கள் இங்கே :   

அடியேன் ஸ்ரீனிவாச தாசன் 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sri Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam day 4 - 2017 : Amavasai and Mandya

Today 19th Oct 2017  is day 4 of Swami Manavala Maamunigal Uthsavam.  Generally, Deepavali would fall on Amavasai day ~ this year, yesterday was Deepavali and today is ‘Amavasyai ‘.

Nearer Mysore, there is Srirangapatna housing famous Sri Ranganatha temple ~ the religious history of Srirangapatna dates back to 9th century when the Gangas (Ganga dynasty ) ruled this region from their capital at Talakkadu. They built the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in this island and hence the name Srirangapatna.Later when the region came under the power of Vijayanagara Empire, Srirangapatna was the base. There is a bridge over Cauvery here known as Wellesley Bridge, erected in 1804, under the direction of Dewan Purnaiya and named after the Governor-General, the Marquis of Wellesley. The Siege of Seringapatam in 1799 was the final confrontation of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War between the British East India Company and the Kingdom of Mysore. The British, with the allied Nizam of Hyderabad, achieved a decisive victory after breaching the walls of the fortress at Seringapatam and storming the citadel. Tipu Sultan, Mysore's ruler, was killed in the action.

I have on earlier occasions posted on the famous Temple  ‘Sri SelvaNarayana Perumal Kovil’ at Melkote reverred by us as  ThiruNarayanapuram,  a Abhimana sthalam of Udayavar who lived here for 12 years, codified and ordained strict procedures for betterment of Sri Vaishnavism.    It is a hilly protected place, calmness, serenity and divinity pervading here.  It is on rocky hills known as Yadugiri, Yadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley. Situated now  in Pandavapura taluk, Melkote is closer to Mandya ~ Mandayam Iyengars are great scholars especially in Sanskrit and have been doing yeoman service to Srivaishnavism and kainkaryam to Chelva Narayanar.

History has it that during the 14thCentury, Melkote suffered an attack by the Muslims. However, during the Vijayanagara period, Thimmanna Dandanayaka repaired and rebuilt temples.  Centuries later, there was to be bloodbath. In 1762 Hyder Ali snatched the Mysore Kingdom and treated Mandyam community who were loyal to Mysore kings very badly. Later in 1783 Tippu killed about 700 families for being loyal to the royal family and took away all their properties.  This killing took place on Deepavali day and in memory of the same those families do not celebrate Deepavali even to-day. To escape from Tippu’s harsh treatment, many families migrated to Madras outside his kingdom. In 1799 the kingdom was restored to the royal family after Tippu was defeated.

I have heard this piece of tragic history  from Dr MAV Swami [Dr Mandayam Ananthanpillai Venkatakrishnan Swami] as  there are other references too.   The website : - has extract from Mandayam Sri Vasihana Mahajanara Chatitre,  by Sri Jatavallabha Singriengar (Civil Engineer &  Ayurvedic Doctor) - published in 1956  .. .. sadly sometimes history is forgotten, and news is presented deliberately in a different dimension as the temple at Srirangapatna was nurtured by this ruler.

*adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

Swami Manavala Mamunigal day 3 : Grand Deepavali purappadu 2017

Swami Manavala Mamunigal day 3 : Grand Deepavali purappadu 2017

Deepavali ‘the festival of lights’ is always enchanting – an occasion to wear new clothes, eat sweets, burst crackers, be with friends and relatives – a festivity which brings enjoyment…. – the festival was grandly celebrated all over the country on 18th Oct 2017.   In the recent years, there has been some attempt to wean away people as some keep saying that ‘enthusiasm towards fireworks is going down; spiralling prices have forced people to buy less of firecrackers;  the pollution awareness is swaying public away from crackers and the like……….’.  

In today’s context, at some places, people get glued to the cinemas and other special programmes the multitudes of TV channels present….nothing to speak about reluctance to call it Hindu festival, still encashing by showing movies and cine-related programmes calling it ‘holiday – special’ ~ this year, it was Deepa Oli Thirunaal… !!!

Now I have to say I haven’t read all 24,000 verses in the epic poem about Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya. But I do know the story of his homecoming from the many Diwali celebrations I have attended in my own constituency over the years.  Values of good conduct – ‘dharma’ – taking the right path and ensuring that good triumphs over evil. Values of hope, optimism, of forgiveness – of the new beginnings and clean slates represented by the Hindu New Year as people wear new clothes and say prayers for the year ahead.

Not any ordinary politician here ~ the words of a Prime Minister of a big nation that of UK PM Ms  Theresa May at  a reception to celebrate Diwali  last year. His Excellency Dinesh Patnaik, Acting Indian High Commissioner and Jitendra Patel, Trustee of Neasden Temple were joined by the Prime Minister in the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. The Prime Minister was also joined by the Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, Sajid Javid, Lord Gadhia and Foreign Office Minister Alok Sharma. In neighbouring Srilanka, National Deepavali Festival was held last year  under the patronage of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.   Down under,    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wished happy “Deepavali” to the Indian community living in Australia, saying the festival is a powerful reminder that our society is greatly enriched by its diversity. Stating that Diwali is one of the most important events of the Hindu calender, observed since ancient time, Turnbull said the occassion was “deeply embedded in traditional culture, when families and friends gather together to light diyas, share gifts, and celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.”

Thiruvallikkeni, the abode of Lord Venkata Krishnan is different – it boasts of the Temple sung by 3 Azhwars ~ innumerable days of festivals; crowds thronging to have darshan of Lord Parthasarathi inside the Temple, and more gathering to have His darshan during the ‘thiruveethi purappadus’.   Each year, Deepavali coincides with the 10 day uthsavam of Swami Manavalamamunigal, the Great Acharyar of Srivaishnavism; our beloved  Acharyar propogated Thennacharya Sampradhayam.  Generally it would be 4th or 5th day of the Uthsavam and this year it was today 18th Oct 2017  – 3rd day  of  Sri Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam and hence it was Sri Peyalwar’s Moonram Thiruvanthathi during the purappadu that lasted over 3 hours. 

             On this Deepavali day, Triplicanites eagerly look forward to the evening purappadu of Num Acharyar with Sri Parthasarathi.  In Chennai and in all parts of Tamil Nadu, it is not unusual to have rains during this season.  This year there were to be no rains ! ~ the  grand purappadu of Swami Manavalamunigal with  Sri Parthasarathi Swami beaming His resplendent splendour started around 19.15 hrs and concluded around 22.2o hrs– it was unbridled enthusiasm displaying  the lighting provided by the fireworks of various hues.  There were ‘scores  of 10000 wallahs, the sky lit with latest fireworks’  - with hundreds walking along having His darshan and enjoying the fireworks.  Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.  Blessed are we to be part of all these living in divyadesams.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

19th Oct 2017 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sri Manavala Mamunigal Thiruvavathara Uthsavam : 2017 : day 2

ஸ்ரீ வைஷ்ணவத்தின் சொர்க்க பூமியான  பூலோக வைகுண்டத்தில் நிகழ்ந்த முகம்மதியர் படையெடுப்பால் பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கானோர் கோயிலையும், நம்பெருமாளையும் பாதுகாக்கும் பணியில் ஈடுபட்டு இன்னுயிர் ஈந்தனர்.   வெள்ளநீர் பரந்து பாயும் விரிபொழிலரங்கம் எனும் புகழ்ச்சி பெற்ற திருவரங்கத்து மதில்களும் வீதிகளும் அங்கு வாழ்ந்த ஸ்ரீவைஷ்ணவர்கள் துயரங்களை கண் நோக்கிய  - பதினான்காம் நூற்றாண்டின் ஆரம்பம் மிக மோசமாக தொடங்கியது.

டெல்லியை ஆண்டு வந்த சுல்தான்கள்பெரும் செல்வசெழிப்போடு வாழ்ந்து வந்த தமிழகத்தை சூறையாடி,  செல்வங்களையும் கொள்ளை கொண்டு .. பலரை கொன்ற துக்க காலம். திருவரங்கன் தனது உறைவிடத்தில் இருந்து  எழுந்து அருளப்பட்ட கொடிய காலமும் கூட.  சுமார் அறுபது ஆண்டுகளுக்கு மேலாக கோயிலும்கோயில் நிர்வாகமும் ஸ்தம்பித்த வரலாறும் ஸ்ரீ வைஷ்ணவத்தின் ஏடுகளில் ஓர் இருண்ட காலமாகும்.  இதனால் பாழ்பட்டு இருந்த இக்காலத்தில் ,பழைய பெருமைகளை மீண்டும் ஒளிரஸ்ரீ வைஷ்ணவம் என்னும் ஆலமரம் தழைக்க ராமானுஜரின் மறு அவதாரமாக தோன்றினார் ஸ்ரீ மணவாள மாமுனிகள்

Today (17th Oct 2017 ) is day 2  in the Thiruvavathara Uthsavam of Swami Manavala Manunigal.  Born in 1370 AD, our Acharyar lived for 73 years on this earth performing many Kainkaryams  at  Thiruvarangam  and undertook many pilgrimages to many  Sri Vaishnava Divyadesams. 

Periya  Jeeyar  established our Thennacharya Sampradhaya,  believed and practised the tenet of following the words of early Acharyars as they are [munnor mozhintha murai thappamal kettu]. Mamunigal’s commentaries are characterised by great clearness and completeness of exposition.  He had 8 famous disciples known as Ashtadig Gajas who were to take over the mantle and spread Sampradhayam for posterity. 

Today [Deepavali eve] being Thula Sankaramana Punyakalam,  Mamunigal had purappadu with Sri Parthasarathi perumal.  Here are some photos of today’s purappadu.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan