Chennai and all parts of Tamil Nadu have received heavy rains in the past two days. The deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal is moving close to coastal Tamil Nadu and is expected to cross the land close to Cuddalore by today [9th Nov 2015] evening, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Deepavali sales especially that of crackers have been dampened by the incessant rains.
Ordinary mortals took shelter when it rained – moved around carrying umbrellas, wearing rain coats and more – for the Supreme Lord, it is Adisesha who is the parasol. Adisesha in our Sampradhaya is fondly Ananthazhvan ~ he serves the Lord always – he is His bed when Lord is asleep; when He walks – he is the divine Umbrella – when Lord descends to earthly World in His various avatars, Ananthazhwan accompanies Him in some form and continues his service.
The Lord once decided to depute Adisesha to the world on a mission to reform men and women and remain there for 200 years. Adisehsa spent 120 years as Sri Ramanuja, for the rest of the determined period (80 years) he was reborn as Swami Manavala Mamunigal. That our Acharyar Mamunigal was a manifestation of Adisesha was proved in an incident when some jealous people set fire to his house but he slipped away to safety under certain compelling circumstances and to continue his task uninterrupted he took to ascetic order.
Today is day 4 of Sri Manavala Mamunigal Thiruvavathara uthsavam – on Deepavali eve, there was respite from the rain and there was purappadu of Mamunigal in Sesha vahanam. Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.