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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Thirumayilai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Vana Bhojanam at Thiruvallikkeni 2017

The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1748, sometimes called the Treaty of Aachen, ended the War of the Austrian Succession following a congress assembled on 24 April 1748 at the Free Imperial City of Aachen, called Aix-la-Chapelle in French and then also in English, in the west of the Holy Roman Empire. The resulting treaty was signed on 18 October 1748 by Great Britain, France, and the Dutch Republic.  What is it relevance and why are we reading it here ???

There is never a dull moment in Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam ~ after the Aani brahmothsavam of Sri Azhagiya Singar,  and Thiruvadipura Uthsavam, it is Alavanthar uthsavam … and on a day when there is no  purappadu.. .. .. Allikkeni is active still.  Kaliyan singing about the divyadesam calls it ‘maada maa Mayilai Thiruvallikkeni’ [singing Mylapore and Triplicane together as the place with palatial buildings !]

Mylapore is more associated with Kapaliswarar temple that has a great history – and one that was relocated from its earlier position nearer the sea to its present place.   Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam better known as ‘ Mylai Kesava Perumal Kovil’ is near Mylai Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Chithirai kulam belongs to this Temple.  This is Chandra pushkarini (sarva theertham) popularly known as Chithirai kulam.  The presiding deity here is Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal and thayar is Mayuravalli – the place itself was historically known as ‘Mayurapuri’. The temple is quite ancient and dates back to centuries.
a photo taken last year.

Every year during Ekkaduthangal Thiruvural uthsavam, Sri Parthasarathi Emperuman visits this temple, has mangalasasanam of Sri Peyalwar and has purappadu in the mada veethis.  For many years, Sri Aadhi Kesava Perumal from Thirumayilai has been visiting Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam and have ‘vana bojana uthsavam’ performed here. Today, 30th July 2017  morning  – Adhi Kesavar with all paraphernalia visited Thiruvallikkeni, had Thirumanjanam at Sri Vanamamalai Mutt at East Tank Sq St., Triplicane.  Sri NC Sridhar, Trustee  has been making arrangements in a grand way.  

In the evening there was grand periya mada veethi purappadu for Sri Adhi Kesvar with his consorts.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
PS :  In case you remember the reference to treaty between Great Britain, France and Dutch,  HD Love, in his Vestiges of Madras states that Madras was taken by the French in 1746 and recovered in 1749, not by force of arms but by the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1748; Mylapore and Triplicane villages were very prominent those days. 

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