Held for the third time in Surakarta, Central Java, in Sept. the annual Indonesian Umbrella Festival [FPI] charmed visitors with beautiful, brightly colored umbrellas. Throughout the three-day festival, hundreds of visitors packed Balekambang Park to enjoy the exotic umbrellas displayed across the park that was built by Surakarta king KGPAA Mangkunegara VII in 1921.
Colorful umbrellas greeted visitors from the park’s entrance. As is the trend, people queued up in front of the umbrella art installations to take selfies, more than enjoying the festival atmosphere, reports Jakarta Times.
Getting back to our own place, Chennai Chennai and all parts of Tamil Nadu reeled under excessive rains last year and purappadu of Swami Manavala Mamunigal too was affected ~ not this year. On day 4, there was such a grand Deepavali celebrations. This morning it rained (not so heavily) - ordinary mortals took shelter when it rained – moved around carrying umbrellas, wearing rain coats and more – for the Supreme Lord, it is Adisesha who is the parasol. Adisesha in our Sampradhaya is fondly Ananthazhvan ~ he serves the Lord always – he is His bed when Lord is asleep; when He walks – he is the divine Umbrella – when Lord descends to earthly World in His various avatars, Ananthazhwan accompanies Him in some form and continues his service.
The Lord once decided to depute Adisesha to the world on a mission to reform men and women and remain there for 200 years. Adisehsa spent 120 years as Sri Ramanuja, for the rest of the determined period (80 years) he was reborn as Swami Manavala Mamunigal. That our Acharyar Mamunigal was a manifestation of Adisesha was proved in an incident when some jealous people set fire to his house but he slipped away to safety under certain compelling circumstances and to continue his task uninterrupted he took to ascetic order.
Today (1st Nov 2016) is day 7 of Sri Manavala Mamunigal Thiruvavathara uthsavam – and it was purappadu of Mamunigal in Sesha vahanam. Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.