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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vaikasi Visakham ~ Swami Nammazhwar Sarrumurai 2017

Today, 7th June 2017  is a great day  for Sri Vaishnavas  – for it is  ‘Vaikasi Visakham’ –marking the birth anniversary  celebrations of Swami Nammazhwaar.  Acharyan Manavalamaamunigal in his ‘Upadesa Rathinamalai’ says :   there is no other day matching Vaikasi Visakam; there is none matching Sadagopar; there is nothing equivalent to ‘Thiruvaimozhi’ and there is no place on earth which can be treated on par to Thirukurugai – the birthplace of Swami Nammalwar.

உண்டோ வைகாசி விசாகத்துக்கு ஒப்பொருநாள்*
உண்டோ சடகோபர்க்கு ஒப்பொருவர் – உண்டோ*
திருவாய்மொழிக்கு ஒப்பு தென்குருகைக்குண்டோ*
ஒருபார் தனில் ஒக்குமூர்**

The Greatest among Alwars preached to us – “ ஒழிவில் காலமெல்லாம் உடனாய் மன்னி ,வழுவிலா அடிமை செய்ய வேண்டும்நாம்,” – that when we do kainkaryam to Lord (to Him at Thiruvenkadam), we must do service by being with HIM throughout our life and do as a slave would serve his master.  

Swami Nammazhwaar was born on theauspicious poornima day of Tamil Vaikasi month in Visakha nakshathiram at Thirukurugur, now famously known as ‘Azhwar Thirunagari’.  He was born to Kari and Udayanangai.  Sri Nammazhwaar  has  contributed immensely by his great works -  Thiruvaimozhi (1102 verses), Thiruvirutham (100), Thiruvasiriyam (7) and Periya Thiruvanthathi (87)

Today, Azhwar’s sarrumurai was celebrated in a grand manner at Thiruvallikkeni and in the evening there was the Grand purappadu of Sri Parthasarathi with Swami Nammazhwar.  Some photos are here.

நீர்நுமதென்றிவை, வேர்முதல் மாய்த்து இறை
சேர்மின் உயிர்க்கு அதனேர் நிறையில்லே

The direction of Azhwar for our salvation is plain, simple and direct… he says – in the material World, first kill and uproot all thoughts of Self – stop thinking of Self and those belonging to self … simply fall at the feet of Lord, merge with Him – there can be no greater fulfilment.   

வைகாசி விசாகத்தில் வந்துதித்தான் வாழியே ..
திருக்குருகைச் சடகோபன் திருவடிகள் வாழியே. 

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

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