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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Thirumayilai Sri Peyalwar mangalasanam & purappadu with Sri Parthasarathi 2016

The Karusha Kingdom is one of the Yadava kingdoms of the Mahabharata epic ~ have you heard of ‘Vakkaran or Dantavakran’ ?

Among the 12 Azhwaargals of Srivaishanva Tradition, Poigai Azhwar, Boothath Azhwar and Peyazhwar – were the ones who descended on this Earth earliest.  They were contemporaries and are praised as “Muthal Azhwars (the first among the Azhwars).  Sri Peyalwar was born in a tank in Mylapore (thence known as Mylai Thiruvallikkeni).  His birthplace is in the present day Arundel Street in Mylapore closer to Mylai Madhaava Perumal Kovil. 

Today 27th Sept. 2016  is  Ekadasi day.  On all Ekadasis, there will be periya maada veethi purappadu of Sri Parthasarathi Swami at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam.  Today is more special. For over a decade now, annually Sri Peyalwar from Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam has been visiting Thiruvallikkeni for mangalasasanam of the Divyadesa perumal – and it becomes a great festive atmosphere at Thiruvallikkeni.

 Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam better known as ‘Kesava Perumal Kovil’ is near Mylai Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Chithirai kulam belongs to this Temple.  Now the Peyalwar who graces the Mylai  Kesava Perumal temple –  visits Thiruvallikkeni in a grand procession.  Sri  Peyalwar is taken in a palanquin and nearer Triplicane [at the TP koil Street – Besant Road Junction] – the pallakku is opened enabling devotees have his darshan fully.  From there, Peyalwar is taken on a grand procession in Chinna mada veethi with ‘Moondram Thiruvanthathi’ goshti – from the Vahana mandapam, Azhwar enters Thirukovil in kaipalagai – does mangalasasanam to Emperuman inside temple.

Thence occurs the grand veethi purappadu of Alwar with Sri Parthasarathi – after thiruvanthikappu, Alwar prepares to go back, heavy-hearted longing for the next year to be with Emperuman again.  Sri Peyawlar has sung about Thiruvallikkeni temple in his ‘Moondram Thiruvanthati’ – he describes that at Thiruvallikkeni waves are white as milk and there are red pavazham and white pearls at the time of twilight and at that sandhya time he has the darshan of the Lord at Thiruvalllikeni:

பேசுவார் எவ்வளவு பேசுவர், அவ்வளவே*
வாசமலர்த்துழாய் மாலையான், - தேசுடைய*
சக்கரத்தான் சங்கினான் சார்ங்கத்தான், பொங்கரவ*
வக்கரனைக் கொன்றான் வடிவு.

எம்பெருமானுடைய பெருமைகளைப் பேசுவதற்கு மாஞானிகளால்தான் ஆகும், மற்ற  சாதாரணர்களால் ஆகாதுஎன்பதில்லை, வாய்திறந்து நான்கு சொற்களைத் தொடுத்து பேச வல்லவர்கள் எவராயிருந்தாலும் எம்பெருமான்   பெருமையைப் பேசலாம்.  நிரம்பிய ஞானமுடையார் பேசினால்; அவன்  பெருமை உள்ளவளவும் பேசினதாக ஆகும், அற்ப ஞானிகள் பேசினால் ஒரு திவலையளவும் ஆகமாட்டாதே !  எனினும் அவர்களும்  அவனுடைய பெருமைக்கடலிலே ஒரு திவலை மாத்திரமாவது பேசினதாக ஆகும். ஆகவே பேச வாய்ப்படைந்தவர்களெல்லாரும் பேசலாம்.  பொங்கரவ வக்கரனைக் கொன்றான் வக்கரன் தந்தவக்ரன் -  கண்ணபிரான் ருக்மினிப்பிராட்டியை ஸ்வீகரித்தருளினபோது எதிர்த்து வந்து போர் செய்த அரசர்களில் இவனேருவன், சிசுபாலனுக்கு பரிந்து வந்தவன்.

Alwar asks us – how much will they speak about the greatness of Sriman Narayana – by asking so, he does not mean that ordinary mortals shall not speak of his glory.  The hidden meaning is while the learned Saints can speak of the completeness of Paramapurushan, everyone desirous of singing His glory, shall speak to the extent one can ~ of that Sriman Narayana, of His Chakra, Conch, Sarngam (the bow) and the mace that killed Dantavakra.  The Karusha Kingdom is one of the Yadava kingdoms of the Mahabharata epic. It is placed to the south of Chedi. Karusha king Dantavaktra supported Chedi king Shishupala and was killed by Vasudeva Krishna. Karusha Kingdom is identified as modern Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.

The purpose of our birth is to appreciate and pray Sriman Narayana with folded hands calling Him by His various names.  Let us  surrender to His feet and enjoy His great qualities, which will stand us in good stead. Here are some photos taken during the purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

Divyaprabandham meaning credit : (Swami PB Annangaracharyar Swami of Thirukachi)

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