At the holy Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam, there are two Brahmothsavam – for Sri Parthasarathi in Chithirai [Apr – May] and Aani for Sri Alagiya Singar in June-July. This year is something special. Last year there was balalayam and there was no brahmothsavam for Sri Parthasarathi and it is being held now in Manmatha varusha Thai…2016
Angurarpanam is today and the 10 day festival starts tomorrow. Tuesday 2.2.16 is Garuda Vahanam; 4th Feb morning is Nachiyar Thirukolam; eve is Hanumantha vahanam - 5.2 Fri eve is Yaanai vahanam and on 6th [sat] Feb is Thiruther.
In the most revered epic Mahabharata, rich encomiums are paid to Lord Krishna, His names are handed down to Yudhishthira by the famous warrior Bhishma who was on his death bed (of arrows) in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Yudhishthira asks Bhishma the following questions “kimekam daivatam loke kim vāpyekam parāyaṇam ….. .. “
In this universe Who is the one (ekam) refuge (parāyaṇam) for all? Who (kim) is the greatest (ekam) Lord (daivatam) in the world (loke)? …. ..in the invocation of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam is a verse which reads : Vignam nignanthi sathatham, Vishvaksenam thamaasraye.’ This verse pays homage to the commander-in-chief of Sri Vishnu’s army – Sri Vishwaksena – who controls the several two-tusked elephant warriors and other beings who serve in this army.
எம்பெருமான்,தாயாரை தொடர்ந்து நம் ஸத்ஸம்பிரதாயத்தில் ஆசார்ய பரம்பரையில் மூன்றாவதாக இருப்பவர் சேனை முதலியார் எனப்படும் விஷ்வக்சேநர். இவர் எம்பெருமானின் படைகளுக்கு தலைவராக இருக்கிறார்.ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டத்தில் எம்பெருமானுக்கு கைங்கர்யம் செய்பவர்கள் அனைவரையும் அந்த அந்த செயல்களில் நியமிப்பவராக உள்ளார்.
Among the Azhwars, Swami Nammalwar occupies a pride of place. Maran, later known as Nammalvar and by other names like Satagopa, Parankusa, etc., is considered an avatara of Senai Mudaliar. In the most important festival of Brahmothsavam, the day before the actual commencement is Angurarpanam whence there is purappadu of Senai Mudaliar. He has purappadu on all days of the Uthsavam too. In recent Thai poosam uthsavam too, he accompanied Sri Parthasarathi perumal. On Angurarpanam day, Senai Muthalvar is taken in procession to collect mirtigai [sacred earth] for construction of the altar.
Here is a photo of Vishveksenar taken earlier and one taken during the recent Thaipuam purappadu. Come to Triplicane and have the blessings of Sri Parthasarathi during grand Brahmothsavam.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
30th Jan 2016