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Monday, October 27, 2014

Sri Manavala Mamunigal Pushpa Pallakku - day 9 at Triplicane

The ideology and purpose of a Srivaishnavaite is to do kainkaryam to the Bhagwan (Emperuman) and Bhagawathas.  We are born to serve our Master – the Lord and the best way of reaching Him is through our Acharyas who have very clearly shown us the path.

Sri Manavala Mamunigal, is the most reverred matchless Acharyar of our Srivaishnavaite philosophy, practised by Thennacharya Srivaishnavas.  Mamunigal the incarnation of Sri Adisesha,  is known as ‘Yathindra Pravanar’ arising out of his irresistible attachment to the lotus feet of Sri Ramanujar known as ‘Yatheendrar’.  He lived for 73 years on this earth performing many Kainkaryams  at Sri Rangam and undertook many pilgrimages to many  Sri Vaishnava Divyadesams spreading knowledge and bakthi culture.   His patent style was to elucidate the pramanams fully   ‘following the words of the Purvarcharyas without deviating a wee bit’.  

At Thiruvallikkeni and other divyadesams, 10 day Thiruvavathara Uthsavam of our Acharyar is being celebrated grandly and today 27th Oct 2014  is the ninth day of the Uthsavam.   In the morning it was siriya Thiruther for our Acharyar and in the evening it was fragrant ‘Pushpa Pallakku’- the palanquin made up of  flowers.’ Favourite memories are triggered by our sense of smell ~ flowers are admired for their beauty,  exquisite shapes, spectrum of colours and more so for their fragrance. In our tradition, the decorative wreath of flowers woven together as garlands adorn God.  Flowers have their pride of place and are mentioned in our epics – in Divyaprabandham too. 

Here are some photos of our Acharyar in pushpa pallakku.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

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