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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sri Varadhar Uthsavam 2015 begins today !!

At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam - s Sri Parthasarathi Swami temple is getting spruced for the Samprokshanam, the date of which is yet to be made official. Today 30th May 2015 [16th day of Vaikasi ~ Chithirai nakshathiram] is significant ~ and here is an aerial photo of the Temple.

The city of Kanchipuram, now famous for silks, was the seat of learning in the ancient languages of Pali, Sanskrit and Tamil.  It has been a great spiritual town as it houses so many Temples.  It is also the place where alongside Saiva and Vaishnava temples,  Jainese and Buddhist viharas too prospered.  It was the seat of the famous Pallava kingdom.

Today starts the Brahmothsavam of Lord DevapPerumal ~ Devathi Rajar, also known as Varadharajar at Thirukachi. For Sri Vaishnavaites, it is ‘Perumal Kovil’  and it is located in vast expanse of   22acres in Chinna (small) Kanchipuram on the Kanchipuram - Chengalpet -Madras road.  There are two big Gopurams - the Eastern Gopuram built by Krishnadeva Raaya and the Western temple tower built earlier by the Pallavas. Later, several rulers contributed to the renovation of this temple. Several beautiful sculptures can be seen at this temple.

This Uthsavam assumes great significance as this was started by Brahma himself, celebrating the festival [Brahmothsavam] for Lord Devathi Rajar.  The Moolavar at this Thirukovil  is on a small hillock 10m tall and a fleet of 24 stps, termed "Hasthagiri" – giving darshan in a standing posture.  There are murals of the late Vijayanagara empire  found on the ceiling. The thayar’s name is Perundevi thayar.

Today, the annual brahmothsavam of Lord Varadha Rajar started at Thiruvallikkeni too.  Here the purppadus are on evenings only, save Garuda sevai on Monday 1st June 2015.  Here are some photos taken during today’s purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni.

The last two  photos are of Sri Deva Perumal of Thirukachi , courtesy my friend Sri VN Kesava Bashyam.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

30th May 2015.


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