Thiruvallikkeni - Iraapathu Uthsavam 8 : 15th Jan 2017 -
திருவல்லிக்கேணி இராப்பத்து உத்சவம் 8
Today, the day of Mattu Pongal (15th Jan 2017) is the 8th day of Irapathu Uthsavam ……… today it was ‘Raja Mannar’ Thirukolam……….. it is but natural – Krishna was the King of cowherds and Sri Parthasarathi in His natural self…as Rajamannar, blessed His bakthas. The whip and the crowning glory were of unparalleled beauty – one could also notice the small calf at His lovely feet and the beautiful cow behind Him.
The easiest way to reach Him, is surrender thyself (Saranagathi) ~ of the infinite kalyanagunas of the Emperuman – there is one of ‘Vathsalyam’ – the exposition of patience and forgiveness……… we make so many mistakes knowingly and yet our Lord protects and takes us nearer removing us of all the sins….. it is rendered that the cow would like the dirt off the calf revealing it’s extreme love for its progeny. So also Emperuman accepts us even when we are full of dirt and mistakes. We need to do nothing but surrender, prostrating at the divine feet of Sriman Narayana.
The meek cow represents the devotees who reach to Him, as the Eternal Saviour ~ the Emperor who protected the cows would sure protect us and give us the ultimate salvation. In the words of Swami Nammalwar :
“எல்லியும் காலையும் தன்னை நினைந்தெழ,
நல்ல அருள்கள் நமக்கே தந்தருள்செய்வான்”..
He would besides giving us all the good things in life, give us the good mind to think of Himself of all the time during the day and night ~ and those of us who start feeling so, are the most blessed.
Here are some photos taken during day’s (rather night) purappadu.
Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.