Thiruvallikkeni is replete with Festivities. Now it is “Vasantha Uthsavam” for Sri Parthasarathi Perumal. It would amaze one to understand the significance of each Uthsavam and the care with which our elders have designed them. There are palaces [bungalows] specially built for providing rest to Perumal on different occasions ~ sad that the big spacious sprawling premises of Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow is no longer there……..
Today 11th June 2016 is day 4. ‘Vasantham ‘ is a season – a pleasant one at that. Vasantham corresponds to Spring season. While they have only 4 seasons in the West, we have six seasons. It is Vasantha Ruthu also known as ‘Ilavenil’ ~ வசந்தம் என்பது பருவம். வசந்த ருது எனவும் இளவேனில் எனவும் பெயர் பெற்றது இது. சித்திரை; வைகாசி இரண்டையும் இளவேனில் என்பார்கள். வசந்தகாலம் எல்லோரும் ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்க்கும் பருவம். தளிர்க்கும், பூக்கும் தாவரங்கள்,பாடித் திரியும் பறவைகள் என கூர்ந்து நோக்கினால் மகிழ்ச்சியாகவும், வியப்பாகவும் இருக்கும் காலம் இது.
Spring is a season. We have seasons because the earth takes a year to move round the sun, which gives us light and warmth, and because the earth tilts at an angle of 23.5 degrees. Spring is the season when one can see lots of flowers blossoming. There existed a bungalow known as Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow in Venkatrangam Street abound with many trees, fragrant flowers, ponds and a big well [nadai bavi kinaru] which had steps for getting inside. All that is gone. Till 2004, Sri Parthasarathi Perumal used to visit this Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow in the morning and ‘thirumanjanam’ would be performed there. In the evening, He would return. Due to some property dispute, the grand Vasantha uthsavam is now restricted to Periya mada veethi purappadu only.
Here are some photos taken during Vasantha Uthsava purappadu today….
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
11th June 2016.