நமது திவ்ய தேச எம்பெருமான் – ஸ்ரீபார்த்தசாரதி. பார்த்தன் ஆகிய அர்ஜுனனுக்கு தேர் ஓட்டும் சாரதி ஆனதால், பார்த்தசாரதி. தேர் என்றால் பிரம்மாண்டம் - மேலும் தேர் திருவிழா நடக்க ஊர் மக்கள் ஒன்று கூட வேண்டும்*
Today, 28th April 2016 is day 7 of Sri Parthasarathi Brahmothsavam – the grand Thiruther [chariot]….. one will realise its grandeur, if one were to stand near as the 8 or 9 feet wheel rotates by. Thiruther is a grand occasion of togetherness of people. During Brahmothsavam thousands throng Temple and have darshan of Perumal in His veethi purappadu ~ significantly, during Thiruther, thousands partake – they pull, go around, push, offer buttermilk and panakam [jaggery water] to devotees and there is celebrations on the air, clearly visible.
Could recall that the Thiruther of yore was even bigger ~ in 1980s for a couple of years, there was no Thiruther purappadu as it was under repair – when made again, in tune with times, it got reduced a bit – also now it has steel wheels; the earlier one had wooden wheel… it now runs on concrete cement road. Thiruther, the chariot, is easily the most grandeur and most attended by bakthas too. Ratha [the chariot] has existed in puranic days, historic days and more. We have heard of Kings of recent past having had platoons of horse and horse-driven chariots.
On screen too, we have seen many – one got enamoured by the scene of Arjuna wading through the forces in Mahabaratha - even those chariots were quite attractive. Ratha is not only fleet-footed mode during war, it symbolizes energy and zeal to move forward. It was on the chariot steered by Lord Krishna, Geethopadesam occurred to Arjuna, the mighty warrior. The rath itself according to legend was given by Agni.
Odisha’s king Narshimhadeva, the first of Eastern Ganga dynasty, decided to make a huge temple complex consisting of four temples dedicated to the Sun god in 1255 AD. The site chosen by the architects was in the north-eastern corner of Puri, one of the four sacred dhams – Konarak, Bhubaneswar. The Konark temple is designed in the form of the chariot of the Sun god. It has 24 wheels and seven horses. In the Himalayas, Buṅga Dyaḥ Jātrā is a chariot procession honouring the deity of compassion. Rato Machhendranath chariot festival is held according to the lunar calendar in Nepal. The ratha is made at Pulchowk by the Barahi and Yawal clans, amongst which one only does the rope work and other only the wood work. In the construction of the chariot no nails are used to connect the joints of the huge chariot but are only tied with ropes, excepting wheels hold.
Sri Parthasarathi - Ekadasi purappadu photo
It was a grand festive day at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam – the chariot was pulled at 07.30 am and reached back the place by 08.45 am ~ it was heavenly.