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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Divyadesa kainkaryam ~ thirukudai .. ..body art !!

Swami Manavala Mamunigal thiruvavathara uthsavam is drawing to a close ~ tomorrow is ‘Thirumoolam in Aippaisi’ ~ marking the birth centenary of our Acaryar. There will be grand purappadu in the morning with 20 kudais ~ white kudais (parasols) are of significance and there will be no purappadu in divyadesams for Emperuman without kudai (for us Adisesha is the divine kudai for Emperuman).. .. here are a couple of photos taken during Mamunigal purappadu at Kairavini kulakkarai before He ascended thiruther.

Following the second One-Day International between England and India in January 2013, when his last 11 deliveries cost 33 runs, he gained the dubious honour of establishing himself as the bowler with the worst career economy rate (given a minimum of 1000 balls bowled….not all that bad a bowler…….he was in news ! ….  the South African born English cricketer - Jade Winston Dernbach who played for Surrey County Cricket Club and England. He was called up to the senior team as a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad for the knock out stages of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and made his Twenty20 and ODI debuts later that year against Sri Lanka.

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. Tattooing has been in vogue in many cultures ~ though the reasons might differ from Western and other Nations.  By some accounts, the island of Great Britain takes its name from tattooing; Britons translates as "people of the designs", and Picts, the peoples who originally inhabited the northern part of Britain, literally means "the painted people.

In politics, its makes good to wear one’s loyalty on your sleeve.  In a land where people keep falling at the feet of political leaders, supreme display of loyalty is often expected.  Years back, MG Ramachandran [MGR] ordained that his party followers tattoo the flag of the party on their hands.  Many immediately had the party flag and the face of MGR tattooed on their arms and on chest.  Tattooing is known as ‘pachai in Tamil’ – pachai literally means green, and often the words / image looks green.  It is described as a painful process of pricking the epidermis with fine needles. That tattooing was thought of to prevent people from jumping out  but still many jumped out of the bandwagon to join rivals at different periods is documented history anyway.  That is political alignment – no permanent friends or foes in politics – as they say.

Keeping away ~ this morning purappadu was so pleasant with the divine grace of Acaryar Swami Manavala Mamunigal – there are various kinds of kainkaryam – and so many devoted souls move around in Thiruvallikkeni.  What you may not have observed, is this young boy – a bearer of the divine kudai – has the symbol tattoed on his body – exhibiting his passion for what he does – carrying the divine umbrella, as protection for Perumal in His purappadu.  Incidentally, his mentor – Kudai Raja also sports this tattoo   (could recall that Raja’s father Sampath was also an expert in kudai kainkaryam)

Salute all those great souls who are deeply involved in doing kainkaryam .. ..

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan
10th Nov. 2018.

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