இன்று ஸ்ரீ வரதராஜர் உத்சவம் கடைசி நாள் - திருவல்லிக்கேணியில் தேவாதி ராஜர் பவளக்கால் விமானத்தில் புறப்பாடு கண்டருளினார்.
Today, 28th May 2016, is 10th day of Sri Varadha Rajar Uthsavam.. ‘Sarrumurai’ purappadu in the beautiful “Pavalakkal Vimanam”. Not sure, why this is called ‘Pavalakkal’ – pavazham is ‘coral’.
Corals are marine invertebrates in the class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria. Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum and several related species of marine coral. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewellery. Recent reports state that Coral ecosystem thriving in the Indian waters has come under severe stress with instances of coral bleaching being reported from islands of Lakshadweep and some parts of Andaman. It is the thermal stress in the form of increase in Sea Surface Temperature (SST) during April that has proved disastrous for the corals.
Coral bleaching is the loss of intracellular endosymbionts through either expulsion or loss of algal pigmentation. In a decisive move, Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis –a rare decision to put the environment before tourism profits. The country’s southern coastline and islands are home to some of the world’s most prized white sand beaches and scuba diving sites, and the booming tourism industry props up Thailand’s sagging economy. But warming waters and ever-growing swarms of visitors have damaged coral reefs and ecosystems. Amidst growing concern about the impact of coral bleaching, scientists have also brought out some good news from the ocean depths of Andaman. The branching corals that were destructed during the 2004 South Asian tsunami have started regenerating in the region.
Inside Pavalakkal vimanam, Devathi Rajar gave darshan in Paramapadhanadhar thirukolam – Perumal has similar thirukolam in Sesha vahanam also. The two photos right here are of Sri Varadhar at Thirukachi in Sesha vahanam – photo credit Sri VN Kesavabashyam.