காண்காண் எனவிரும்பும் கண்கள், கதிரிலகு பூண்டார் அகலத்தான் பொன்மேனி,
~ can there be a better description than the words of Sri Peyalwar
Lord Sriman Narayana adorns necklaces that dazzle on His wide chest, "Oh, see, see!", craves my eyes”, says Peyalwar on the beauty of our Emperuman.
Today (14th April 2014) is a Special day ~ it is *He Vilambi* Varusha pirappu’; today is day 3 of Sri Parthasarathi Brahmothsavam and hence Garuda SEvai - thousands thronged the main entrance of Sri Parthasarathi Swami before 05.30 am to have a glimpse of Him arriving on Garuda Seva – known as Gopura vasal Sevai – this is special. Then there was Garuda Sevai purappadu which ended almost around 10.45 am.
Closer to 12.30 (noon) there was Ekantha Sevai ~ and hundreds were waiting to have darshan of Ekantha Sevai ~ among them scores of photographers. Ekantham may mean solitude or loneliness ... in a different parlance, it would mean privacy ... in Temple parlance, it is construed to mean ‘Lord being alone – especially with lesser or no garlands and ornaments’ that is the stage when one can have darshan of the Thirumeni. Everytime, you have darshan of Sri Parthasarathi, you get carried away by the most beautiful garlands made of most fragrant flowers..... today, it was a simple (rather most grand) garland made of roses that adorned Perumal and got beautified by that. It was indeed a very great darshan, as Perumal very slowly walked to the mellifluous tunes played by Nathaswara vithwan. Here are some photos of the grand event.