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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sri Bakthisarar Uthsavam @ Thirumazhisai 2018

Sunday, 28th Jan 2018 provided an opportunity to have darshan at Thirumazhisai ~ the Ekadesi day  was day 5 of the  Thiruvavathara Uthsavam of Azhwar.  For Srivaishnavaites, Azhwaars and their birthdays  are of great significance.  The hymns sung by the Azhwargal are collectively are known as ‘Naalayira Divya Prabandham’.    Bhakthisarar,  well known as Thirumazhisai Azhwar was born in Thirumazhisai and hence is hailed as Thirumazhisai Piran.  This  place is near Poonamallee around 20 kms away from Chennai on the Bangalore High Road.

This kshetram is famously  known as ‘Mahisara Kshethram’ : mahisara means mahima (greatness); saram (essence) – the sthalam of Lord Jagannatha, the essence of all greatness is also known as Madhya Jagannatha Kshetram ~ the Perumal here is in Veetru iruntha (Sitting) thirukolam with Rukmani and Sathyabhama ~ inside the sannathi maharishis Brugu and Markendaya are sitting in penance near Lord.  The Emperuman here is Madhya Jagannathan, Adhi (dakshina) Jagannathan is at Thirupullani and there is the most famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa.

The legend of the temple at Thiruvegha in Kanchipuram is associated with Thirumazhisai Azhwaar.  The King insisted on the disciple of Azhwaar by name Kanikannan to sing in his praise.  He refused and promptly was banished outside the kingdom.  Azhwaar followed his disciple and sang to Lord that they are moving out of the town.  The Lord transgressing the immobile idol form, also went following the azhwaar plunging the kingdom in darkness.  The King realizing his folly, then prostrated before the disciple and  azhwaar requesting them to return.  The saint returned and so did the Perumal.  Even now this Perumal is affectionately called “Yathokthakari” – the one who did as told by his devotee. 

Thirumazhisaippiran’s  works are : Naanmukhan Thiruvanthathi (96) and Thiruchanda Virutham (120).  He was born in the Magam nakshathiram of Thai month.  His Thirunakshithiram ‘Thaiyil magam’ falls on Friday 2nd Feb 2018.  Today it was day 5 ~ in the night it is Lord Jagannathar in Garuda Sevai and Azhwar in Hamsa vahanam.  Here are some photos of Alwar purappadu to the hamsa vahanam and the vahanam that was waiting for Azhwar at Thirumazhisai.

திருத்துழாய் மாலை சூடிய திருமுடி  உடையவனான  திருமாலை, விடாது கைகள் கூப்பித் தொழுது, தியானித்து, தலை சாய்த்து வணங்கி, குளிர்ந்த பூக்கள் கொண்டு வழிபடுங்கள். உங்கள் வாய் அவனைத் துதிக்கட்டும். கண்கள் அவனையே நோக்கட்டும். காதுகள் அவனைப் பற்றியே கேட்கட்டும் - என்று 

"வாழ்த்துக  வாய்; காண்க கண்; கேட்க செவி; மகுடம்
தாழ்த்தி வணங்குமின்கள் தண்மலரால்- - சூழ்த்த
துழாய் மன்னு நீள் முடி என் தொல்லை மால் தன்னை
வழாவண் கைகூப்பி மதித்து"

என்று பாடிய திருமழிசை செல்வன் பக்திசாரர்  அவதரித்த நன்னாளை கொண்டாடுவோம். 

~adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
28th Jan 2018.

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