Thiruvallikkeni - Iraapathu Uthsavam 2015 -
திருவல்லிக்கேணி இராப்பத்து உத்சவம்
It was minutes after midnight ~ even cows of Allikkeni were sleeping – not devotees who thronged the Temple on the day of Vaikunda Ekadasi (21st Dec 2015). At around 11 am, there was Thirumanjanam of Sri Parthasarathi. After Thirumanjanam, (yes, midnight) – there was the Periya maada veethi purappadu – Irapathu day 1 purappadu ….. it was around 1 am whence Thiruvanthikappu of Irapathu. There were bakthas still waiting in the Queue to have darshan who were delighted to see the Uthsavar near them. After the purappadu, there was the Thiruvaimozhi Muthal pathu goshti and sarrumurai…
In the very early hours of the morning Sri Parthasarathi bedecked in precious jewels entered Paramapada vasal and gave darshan to His devotees; throughout the day He was seated in the beautiful ‘Punyakodi vimanam’ at Thiruvaimozhi mandapam. The auspicious Vaikunda Ekadasi heralds the start of ‘Irapathu’ Uthsavam. As the name suggests, there will be celebrations for 10 nights. நம்மாழ்வாரின் அற்புத வரிகளில் : “அடங்கெழில் சம்பத்து* அடங்கக்கண்டு* ஈசன் அடங்கெழில் அஃதென்று* அடங்குகவுள்ளே” ~ Can there be more bliss than looking at and understanding the radiance and opulence of Sriman Narayana, enjoy His great qualities and merge into Him !
During Pagal Pathu, the Muthaliyaram and Thirumozhi of Thirumangai Mannan are rendered. It is time for Nammalwar’s Thiruvaimozhi during Irapathu. In the Thiruveethi purappadu, all the 10 days, ‘Upadesa Rathinamalai’ of Acharyar Sri Manavala Maamunigal is recited. After the conclusion of the Purappadu, inside the temple before the Lord in the Grand sabha of all Azhwars and Acharyas, every day 100 songs from the Thiruvoimozhi of Nammazhwaar gets recited. On the night of Vaikunda Ekadasi being day 1 it was ‘muthal pathu’ of Thiruvaimozhi.
From today on Paramada entrance gate will be opened every day for days in the evening with Swami Nammalwar receiving Him. Here are some photos of Sri Parthasarathi and Swami Nammalwar of day 1 of Irapathu.
Azhwar, Emperumanaar, Jeeyar Thiruvaidgale saranam.
With regards – S. Sampathkumar.