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Monday, March 25, 2019

Thirumayilai Sri Adhi Kesavar Garuda Sevai ~ the people : 2019


Today is day 3 of the ongoing annual brahmothsavam at Thirumayilai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Thirukovil.


In the grand Brahmothsavam, each Vahanam, every purappadu has its  own charm, yet, if one were to ask the most majestic and most crowd-pulling ones,  it would be Thiruther and Garuda vahanam. !!  .. .. ..  Besides inscriptions, iconography and literary works surrounding Mylapore,  the divine locality boasts of Kapaleechvaram and Sri Adhi Kesavaperumal thirukovil. Ptolemy, the Creek Geographer referred to Mylapore in his books as ‘Millarpha;,. It was apparently a weel-known sea port town with a flourishing trade. Saint Tiruvalluvar the celebrated author of Tirukkurl, the Wordl-famous ethical treatise, lived in Mylapore nearly 2,000 years ago.

Today  (25.3.2019) it was Garuda vahanam at thirumayilai, hundreds of devotees waited early in the morning to catch glimpse of the Lord Adhi Kesava  as he came out of the gate (Gopura vassal darsanam). The first among the devotees was Thamizh Thalaivar Sri Peyalwar Himself.    On Garuda Sevai day, people from far and away come to the temple, offer vasthram (new clothes), place before Lord -  cocoanut, fruits & other offerings and have darshan of Lord in Garuda vahanam.

It is a day of masses ~ teeming crowds, chanting the name of Lord Sriman Narayana – all roads would read Madaveethis as people rush to have darshan of Lord on Garuda and enjoy the aesal and other festivities.  This morning around the mada veethis of Chithirai kulam, Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal had purappadu on Garuda Sevai as Sri Peyalwar accompanied Him .. here are some photos of people of Thirumayilai.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
25.3.2019











Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Garudothsavam 2019


Thiruvallikkeni is part of Thondaimandalam.. associated with Pallava dynasty.  The Pallava Kings ruled regions of northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh between the 2nd and 9th centuries CE.  In divyaprabandham, alongside Thiruvallikkeni, Mylapore is associated as “Mylai Thiruvallikkeni”.





At  Thiruvallikkeni it was Theppothsavam, Thavanothsavam,  & Pallava uthsavam.  During Pallava uthsavam, at the divine feet of Lord Ranganatha, tender foliage of mango is kept. For the foodie, ‘vadu mangai’ ~ the pickle of maavadu [tender mango : tiny baby mangoes] are great favourites. With the onset of summer of these small early staged mangoes hit the market and are straightway hits. ~ there is no better place to buy them than the mada veethi of Mylapore ….as you walk nearer, there is the famous Chithirai kulam belonging to Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal kovil, an ancient temple of Mylapore.








It is the time of annual Brahmothsavam and today morning (25th  Mar 2019) it was the glittering Garuda vahanam.  The speciality of this temple is the importance accorded to Sri Peyalwar in every ritual, being his birth place.  Today too, Sri Peyazhwar welcomed Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal in golden Garuda vahanam.  There was oyyali [Aesal too] .. here are some photos taken during the purappadu at mylai mada veethi, this morning.





திருமயிலைவாசி ஸ்ரீ பேயாழ்வார்; அவரருளும் சிறப்பான உபாயமாவது ..  "அரணாம் நமக்கென்றும் ஆழி வலவன்"  ~ ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணான எம்பெருமானே நமக்கு என்றென்றும் ரக்ஷகன்.  அவனை அடைய நாம் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும் ?  ~ இருகை  கூப்பி அவனடியே  சரணம் புகுதல் வேண்டும்.  எவ்வளவு எளிதானது ~ நம் முயற்சி ஒன்றுமே வேண்டாமே !!  நம்முடைய ரக்ஷணத்தில் நாம் முயல்வதை விட்டிட்டு அவனுடைய ரக்ஷகத்வத்திற்கு அவகாசம் கொடுப்போமாகில் அவன்  எக்காலத்திலும் ரக்ஷண ஜாகரூகனாயிருந்தருள்வன் என்பது மயர்வற மதிநலமுடைய பேயாழ்வார் வாக்கு.   இதோ அவரது மூன்றாம் திருவந்தாதியில் இருந்து ஒரு அற்புத பாசுரம் :  

அரணாம் நமக்கென்றும் ஆழி வலவன்,
முரனாள் வலம்சுழிந்த மொய்ம்பன், - சரணாமேல்
ஏதுகதி ஏதுநிலை ஏது பிறப்பென்னாதே,
ஓதுகதி மாயனையே ஓர்த்து.

எம்பெருமான் ஸ்ரீமன் நாரணன் எத்தகையவன்  !! ~  திருவாழியாழ்வானை வலத்திருக்கையிலுடையவனும், முராஸுரனுடைய ஆயுளையும், வலிமையையும் போக்கின மொய்ம்பன் (மிடுக்கையுடையவனுமான பெருமான்) - அவ்வளவு சிறப்பு மிக்கவன் நமக்கு ரக்ஷகனாக அமையும் பக்ஷத்தில், நம்மிடத்தில் உள்ள எத்தகைய குறைகளையும் கருதாமல்,  நமக்கு எல்லாக் காலத்திலும் ரக்ஷகனாகவேயிருப்பன், நெஞ்சமே இதை நன்றாக அறிந்து கொண்டு, ஆச்சரியமான குண சேஷ்டிதங்களையுடையனான அப்பெருமானையே உபாயமாக புரிந்து கொண்டு, அவனது நாமங்களையே  அநுஸந்தித்துக் கொண்டிரு. என உரைக்கிறார் நம் பேயாழ்வார்.


adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
Gratitude to  Sri Kachi Swami (Sri U Ve PB Annangarachar swami) – www.dravidaveda.org









Thursday, March 21, 2019

Panguni Uthiram ~ Sri Ranganathar kannadi Garuda SEvai 2019


Panguni Uthiram ~ Sri Ranganathar kannadi Garuda SEvai 2019



Panguni Uthiram is a special day ... at Thiruvallikkeni, it marks Thirukkalyanam of Sri Vedavalli Thayar with Sri Mannathar (Sri Ranganathar); at Thiruvarangam, there is the Serthi of Divya thampathigal.......... and at Sri Villiputhur, occurs the famous Thirukalyanam of Sri Andal with Sri Ranga Mannar.  It was on this day, our Emperumanar (Udayavar) recited ‘Gadhya thrayam’ before the divya dhampathigal.

  screen grab from ‘Goda Kalyanam’ a telugu TV  serial 

பங்குனி உத்திரத்தில் முடியுமாறு ஐந்து நாட்கள் பல்லவ உத்சவம் நடக்கிறது. ஐந்தாம் நாள் - பங்குனி உத்திரத்தன்று ஸ்ரீ ரங்கநாதர் கருட சேவை. மிக அழகான கண்ணாடி கருடன் என்று அழைக்கப்பெறும் கருட வாஹனத்தில் ஸ்ரீ ரங்கநாதர் புறப்பாடு கண்டருளி, பெருமாள் உள்ளே எழுந்து அருளிய உடன்,  ஸ்ரீரங்கநாதர் வேதவல்லித்தாயார்   திருக்கல்யாணம்  நடைபெறுகிறது. திருக்கல்யாணம் முடிந்த பிறகு, 'கத்ரத்யம்' சேவிக்கப் பெறுகிறது. 


இம்மைக்கு  ஏழேழ் பிறவிக்கும்  பற்றாவான் *
நம்மையுடையவன்  நாராயணன் நம்பி*
செம்மையுடைய திருக்கையால் தாள்பற்றி*
அம்மி மிதிக்கக் கனாக்கண்டேன்  தோழீ நான்*

In Nachiyar Thiromozhi, Andal elaborates Her dream marriage with the Paramapurusha, describing the rituals associated with the marriages.  She speaks of that Great Sriman Narayana, the One who owns us all, the One complete with all Kalyana Gunams; the One to whom we all should get attached not in this life but in all our births; Andal dreams of Her Divine Marriage with the Lord. ~ and that comes true on Panguni Uthiram day. 

Here are some photos of purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan.
21st Mar 2019.







PS :  In earlier days, puranic and religious stories were being filmed.  Andal Thirukkalyanam was a Tamil film released in  1937 by Saradha Films, directed by R Prakash.  ‘Goda Kalyanam’ is a famous telugu TV serial. The first photo is a depiction of the same.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sri Cheluva Naranar & Vaira Mudi Sevai 2019 @ Thirumylai


The Hoysala empire ruled  between the 10th and the 14th centuries. The capital of the Hoysalas was initially located at Belur but was later moved to Halebidu.  Art, architecture,  Kannada& Sanskrit literature  and Vaishnavism flourished during their reign.  .. .. .. we are interested in Mandya ~ more specifically Melukote Thirunarayanapuram for the temple here and because of our Acaryar staying here.  

Our Acaryas following the holy orders of Sri Udayavar believe that one must reside at Melukote (Thirunarayanapuram) at least for a day.   The Temple  ‘Sri Selva Narayana Perumal Kovil’ at Melkote referred to by us as Thiru Narayanapuram, is 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. The moolavar here is Thiru Narayanar.  The beautiful Uthsavar is ‘Sampathkumarar also known as Selvapillai’ – the name of temple is ‘Cheluva Narayana Swamy Temple’

                  Sure you would have heard of the most famous Vaira Mudi Sevai – whence the Lord wears the throne made of Diamond.  The annual Uthsavms are being celebrated with grandiose.  The most capturing is the ‘Sri Vairamudi Kireetadharna Mahotsav ‘  part of the Brahmotsav.  This famous crown makes it journey from the Mandya treasury every year.    Devotees in lakhs  throng Melkote to have darshan on the Special occasion ~ and today is that special day.

Sri Chelva Naranar [Sampathkumarar] adorns Vairamudi [the crown of diamond] and has purappadu on Garuda vahanam.  There is also the seva with another crown known as ‘Rajamudi’.  The Temple, the Kalyani pushkarini and major roads will be lit grandly for the purappadu.  Legend has it that this grand ‘Vaira kireedam’ was presented by Lord Krishna Himself.  The crown is never exposed to daylight and is kept in a special casket.   The serene town of Melukote comes to life with the grandeur and majesty of the procession. Rajamudi, is adorned on the Lord on the next day of the Brahmotsava. Here is a photo of Sri Selva Naranar adorning ‘vairamudi’. (credit my friend Sathishkumar)

In the nearby Thirumylai Sri Madhava Perumal Temple, this occasion is being celebrated for many decades now.  The idol of  Selva Pillai, here too has purappadu in a similar looking Garuda sevai as ‘Vairamudi sevai purappadu’.




Had darshan of Vairamudi Garudasevai at Thirumylai Madhava Perumal thirukovil – partook in Kovil thiruvaimozhi goshti ~ later there was purappadu inside the temple with Sri Peyalwar’s moonram thiruvanthathi.  Here are some photos of Thirumylai vaibhavam

~adiyen dhasan S. Sampathkumar
17.3.2019.