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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thiurvallikkeni Emperuman Thirumanjanam at Eekkadu 2017 "ஈக்காடுத்தாங்கல் திருவூறல் உத்சவம்".

“EEkkadu Thaangal Thiruvooral Uthsavam -
Thiurvallikkeni Emperuman Thirumanjanam at Eekkadu”

Today 22nd Jan 2017 is a tough and demanding day for the kainkaryabarars of Thiruvallikkeni – the sripadhamthangigal, Battar, Adhyapakas, various others engaged in doing service to Emperuman – for it is a long journey crisscrossing the city, on the day much was happening at Marina beach.

Singara Chennai has rivers -  Adyar and Coovum flowing through.  River Adyaru  starts from Malaipattu tank near Manimangalam village in Sriperumbudur Taluk at about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Tambaram.   It starts to appear as a stream only from the point where water from Chembarambakkam lake joins the river. It flows through Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai district for about 42.5 kilometres (26.4 mi) before joining the Bay of Bengal in Adyar, Chennai.   Here it forms an estuary, which extends from the Adyar Bridge to the sandbar at the edge of the sea, with some small islets in-between. The British used to call it Chengalpattu river as it came from the direction of Chengalpattu.

Lakhs of Chennaites cut across the river using the Thiru Vi Ka Bridge and Maraimalai Adigal bridge ! –wonder where they are ? – near Malar Hospital is the former and at Saidapet is the latter.  The earliest causeway across the river was then known as Marmalong Bridge, originally constructed by the Armenian merchant Coja Petrus Uscan in 1728 at the cost of Rs. one lakh. Over the years it became weak and  was replaced by a new one in 1966, then named after Maraimalai Adigal.

Nearer Guindy is Industrial estate and on the banks of the river Adyaru, is Ekkadu.  Every year on a day, whence there are no other regular Uthsavams, on a Sunday, Sri Parthasarathi Perumal leaves on a sojourn early in the morning, has many mandagpadis on the way – has Thirumanjanam at Ekkattuthangal in a land donated to Him many decades ago. 

திருவல்லிக்கேணி திவ்ய தேசத்தில் : நித்யப்படி, மாதந்திர, வருஷாந்திர உத்சவங்கள் பலவும் சிறப்புற நடைபெறுகின்றன.  திருநக்ஷத்திரம் கணக்கு இல்லாமல் நடக்கும் ஒரு சிறப்பு உத்சவம் "ஈக்காடுத்தாங்கல்  திருவூறல் உத்சவம்".  கிண்டி அருகே உள்ள ஈக்காடு தொழிற்பேட்டை பிரசித்தி பெற்றது. இது அடையாறு ஆற்றங்கரையில் உள்ளது.  ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாள் பிரதி வருடமும் ஒரு நாள் இங்கு எழுந்து அருள்கிறார்.  மாசி மாதம்  மற்ற சிறப்பு உத்சவங்கள் ஏதுவும் இல்லாத ஒரு ஞாயிற்றுக் கிழமை இவ்வுத்சவம் நடைபெறுகிறது.   இவ்வருடம் இவ்வுத்சவம் இன்று 22nd Jan 2017 , சிறப்புற நடைபெற்றது.

Here are some photos of the place, the ensemble of bhagavathas assembled here and of the holy Thirumanjanam. 

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan. 

22nd Jan 2017 

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