From time immemorial, our culture is intrinsically mingled with temples which are the torch bearers of our glorious heritage – the hindu way of life. Obeisance to God, Acharyas and those involved in temple work is our primordial duty. Kanchipuram has been the repository of many magnificent temples. There are several big temples and for Sri Vaishnavaites “Perumal Kovil” would mean the temple of Lord Devarajar – Athigiri Arulalar. Legend has it that Brahma performed Asvamedha yaga at mokshapuri i.e., Kanchi and Lord Vishnu emerged out of the fire with Sanku Chakram. It is believed that the annual Uthsavam was initiated by Brahma himself. Indira’s white elephant Iravatham took the form of a hill called Hastigiri on which shrine of Varadharajar is located. This Swami is known by various names, prominent among them being : Devarajar, Devathirajar, Thepperumal, Varadhar, PerArulalar …
In this Kaliyuga, Thirukachi Arulalar directly conversed with Acharyan Thirukachi Nambigal … and centuries later, Sri Devathirajar had direct interaction with our Doddacharyar Swami too. The most famous amongst the brahmothsavam is the Garuda Sevai – at Thirukachi, Lord Devapperumal is taken in procession on vahanam of Garuda also known as Periya Thiruvadi.
On that grand day ~ 22nd Aug 2016 – Maha Samprokshanam was performed at Thiruvallikkeni for the shrines of Shri Azhagiya Singar [Yoga Narasimhar]; Sri Varadha Rajar; Thirumazhisai Alwar and Sri Anjaneyar at East Tank Sq. St. The consecration was performed as per the Vaikhanasa Agama and thousands of devotees assembled to worship the consecration, have darshan of the new looking Vimanas and Gopurams.
At Thiruvallikkeni, in a rare form, the moolavar Sri Varadharajar is in Garuda vahanam ~ the one who readily flew on Periya Thiruvadi to save His baktha, Gajendra, the elephant, upon caught by a crocodile. On Samprokshanam day, in the evening around 05.30 pm, there was grand purappadu of Sri Varadharajar in Punniyakodi vimana chapparam. Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.