Brahmothsavam is a grand festivity – each day it is different Vahanam, and Perumal has classy alankarams … on Garuda vahanam day, thousands gather early in the morning to catch glimpse of the Lord as he comes out of the gate (Gopura vasal darsanam). On Garuda Sevai day, people from far and away come to the temple, offer vasthram (new clothes), place before Lord cocoanut, fruits & other offerings and have darshan of Lord in Garuda vahanam.
It is a day of masses ~ teeming crowds, chanting the name of Lord Sriman Narayana, offering him everything including hundreds of vasthrams – all roads would read Mada veethis as people rush to have darshan of Lord on Garuda and enjoy the aesal and other festivities.
Sri Peyalwar speaks thus on Sriman Narayana’s appearance on the vahanam :
பொலிந்திருண்ட கார்வானில் மின்னேபோல் தோன்றி,
மலிந்து திருவிருந்த மார்வன், - பொலிந்த
கருடன்மேல் கொண்ட கரியான் கழலே,
தெருடன்மேல் கண்டாய் தெளி.
Sriman Narayana appears riding on the mighty Garuda – to Alwar it is akin to a glorious dark raincloud lit by a lightning, the most merciful Saviour of the Universe – Emperuman with lotus dame Sri Mahalakshmi on his chest – provides darshan seated on Periya thiruvadi Garuda. He ordains his heart, that having seen Emperuman’s feet through knowledge, asks Heart to rise and understand the greatness of eternal Saviour Sriman Narayana.
The streaming bakthas had the pleasure of His darshan and here are some photos of people and people - the bagavathas pleased having seen our Lord.