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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ugadi Subhakankshalu ~ Amavasyai purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni

“Ugadi Subhakankshalu” in advance…. Tomorrow is Ugadi and from tomorrow starts the 9 day Sree Rama Navami Uthsavam at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam. `

Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem, is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to India, and parts of Asia, growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Neem tree is the official tree of the Sindh Province and is very common in all cities of Sindh.  The neem tree is noted for its drought resistance.

Yugādi, is the New Year's Day for the people of the Deccan region of India. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (beginning): "the beginning of a new age". In Temples on the occasion of Ugadi ‘panchangam’ will be read.  This year, it is  triple happiness this Monday (31st Mar 2014)  as Gudi Padwa, Ugadi and Cheti Chand will be celebrated.  Gudi Padwa is celebrated by Marathi speaking people; Ugadi is celebrated in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh; . Cheti Chand is the festival of the Sindhi community.  In Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa has the legend that it on this day Lord Rama returned victorious to Ayodhya.  

In Andhra, Ugadi pachhadi is a delicacy made on the occasion and shared with all. It  is a specific mixture of six tastes – with neem buds; jiggery; green chilli/pepper; salt; tamarind; unripened mango being its ingredients. 

From tomorrow on, it will be 9 days Sree Ramanavami Uthsavam.  மன்னு புகழ்  கௌசலை  தன் மணி  வயிறு  வாய்த்த  சக்கரவர்த்தி திருமகனாம் ஸ்ரீ ராமபிரானின்  திருவவதார மகோத்சவம்  ஸ்ரீராம நவமி.   The Thiruvavathara Mahothsvam of Lord Rama is Sree Ramanavami.

Today, 30th Mar 2014 is Amavasyai and Sri Parthasarathi had periya maada veethi purappadu.  Here are some photos taken by me on the occasion…. Besides the beautiful mix of flowers getting glorified for embellishing the Lord, today there was this special ornament ‘Neelamekham’  (having Sapphire ‘blue stone’)

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

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