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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deepavali purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni - Sri Parthasarathi Swami - Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam - 2014

Deepavali purappadu 2014 at Thiruvallikkeni - Sri Parthasarathi Swami

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.   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….

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’.

Every year, Deepavali coincides with the 10day uthsavam of Swami Manavalamamunigal, the Great ACharyar of Srivaishnavism, the Acharyar propogated Thennacharya Sampradhayam.  Generally it would be 4th or 5th day of the Uthsavam and this year it was day 4th day  of  Sri Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam.   

On this day, Triplicanites eagerly look forward to the evening purappadu of Num Acharyar with Sri Parthasarathi.  On 22nd Oct 2014, due to a mishap in vicinity, the Thirumanjanam and goshti (Perumal Thirumozhi of Sri Kulasekara Azhwar)  had to be delayed – yet the grand purappadu started at around 07.15 pm.   Thousands of devotees witnessed  Sri Parthasarathi Swami beaming His resplendent splendor.  If you enjoy Sri Parthasarathi with simple decoration having a single garland – you relish Him fully – again, when you see Him ornate with most beautiful choicest jewels, He outshines all the jewels that adorn him.

For Deepavali, He was embellished  with  many jewels shining beautifully in the lighting provided by fireworks.  The expectant bakthas took the opportunity of greeting Him with ‘scores  of 10000 wallahs, the sky was lit with latest fireworks’  – all providing  entertainment for the thousands who accompanied the Lord in His purappadu ….. as residents of Thirvallikkeni  celebrated Deepavali and bustled with one another to have a glimpse of His darshan.  At TP Koil Street, rain interrupted and Sri Parthasarathi Swami and Acharyar Manavala Mamunigal returned to the temple.  No worry for His Bakthas, there are so many purappadus in Triplicane and today (23.10.14) being Amavasai, there will be purappadu of our Acharyar accompanied by Sri Parthasarathi.

Here are some photos taken during the purappadu 

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

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