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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thiruvallikkeni Vasantha Uthsavam: Day 5 : Pandian kondai

Thiruvallikkeni Vasantha Uthsavam: Day 5

More festivities at Thiruvallikkeni ~ yesterday I had posted about the Vasantha Uthsavam – of the erstwhile Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow and more ~ sad that the big spacious sprawling premises of Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow is no longer there……..

Heard of  ‘Mimusops elengi Maulsari’  a medium-sized evergreen tree found in tropical forests in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Northern Australia. English common names include Spanish cherry, Medlar, and Bullet wood. In Hindi Maulsari. Its timber is valuable, the fruit is edible, and it has traditional medicinal uses.

In tune with celebrating the Season of Spring ~ Vasantha Ruthu… whence flowers blossom and you see beautifully coloured leaves on trees, today Sri Parthasarathi Perumal had the choicest of garlands.   The sarrupadi [alankaram] was that of the Emperor adorning crown called  Pandian kondai and sceptre  ~ the outermost garland was that of viruchi… then fresh jasmine about to blossom, rose and then thickly strung magizham poo.  Great sight to behold.   The name that you read in the 2nd para is that of ‘Magizham poo’ also known as ‘Vakulam poovu’….

For those who could not have His darshan, here are some photos taken during Vasantha Uthsava purappadu today : Day 5 – 18th May 2013….

With regards – S. Sampathkumar