Thiruvallikkeni aka Triplicane is a famed land… It is a place where religion, nationalistic fervour, patriotism, sports, education and the individual dignity have interspersed for the benefit of the State and the larger interests of the Nation. The place acquired its name from the famed temple pond ‘Kairavini’ – the pond of lilies – thus becoming ‘Thiru Allik Keni’ – the pond consisting of lily flowers. Our lives dwell around the Great Sri Parthasarathi Swami Thirukovil which has existed for thousands of years, sung by Sri PeyAzhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar ~ with inscriptions of Pallava King - Thanthi Varman dating (779-830).
Triplicane was the seat of freedom struggle – Balagandhara Thilakar and very many patriotic leaders had delivered powerful lectures in Triplicane (Thilakar thidal at Marina beach) and inspired people in the freedom struggle. Mahakavi Subrahmanya Bharathi lived in Triplicane and from this place freedom struggle germinated. There are century old educational institutions ~ the most famous Hindu High School, Presidency College, NK Thirumalachariyar Boys and Girls High Schools being more prominent. There are so may famous persons born in this holy place.
There are so many Mantaps [marriage halls – some new – some century old !] – recent ones would be Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mantap; Terapanth bhavan – older ones are Triplicane Fund, Ahobila Mutt, Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt – and some like Blue house, Bommai chathiram, Chenchu lakshmi kalyana mandapam that are no longer in existence.
Today was another interesting day ~ (18th Sept 2016) – Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt at 46 East Tank Square Street, Triplicane was renovated and had noothana samprokshnam – there was Koil Thiruvaimozhi goshti too. This is a branch of the mutt at Melukote (Thirunarayanapuram) – mutt having been established by our great Acharyar Sri Ramanujar. Today His Holiness Srimad Paramahamsa Sri Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami blessed us all with his visit. Here are some photos taken this morning. Dr MA Venkatakrishnan Swami is the head of the Committee that undertook renovations. The hall is now air-conditioned and boasts of modern amenities mingling with sampradhayam as it houses sannathi for Perumal and Acharyars.
Auspicious functions like marriages, upanayanams, seemantham, sasthiapthapoorthi are conducted in this mantap ~ many of the Triplicanites could happily recall their home functions having been conducted here. My parents’ marriage took place here on 7th Sept. 1959. Here are some photos taken this morning ~ the last photo is goshti thuvakkam at Thirunarayanapuram, incidentally in front of the Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt at Melukote.
Regards – S. Sampathkumar