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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thirumylai Sri Peyazhwar mangalasasanam @ Thiruvallikkeni 2019

நம்மை நல்வழிப்படுத்தி எம்பெருமானிடம் ஈடுபாடு கொண்டு நல்லவைகள் செய்ய என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும் ?

**தேசும் திறலும் திருவும் உருவமும், மாசில் குடிப்பிறப்பும் மற்றவையும் – பேசில்**

வேறொன்றும் வேண்டாம் ! ~ எம்பெருமானிடம் மையல் கொண்டு அவனையே நினைத்து அவனிடத்திலே கைங்கர்யங்கள் செய்தாலே போதும் !! எம்பெருமானை நினைத்த மாத்திரத்திலே, அவனது - தேஜஸ்ஸும், பராக்ரமமும், செல்வங்களும்,  அழகிய ரூபமும், குற்றமற்ற நற்குலமும் மற்றுமுள்ள நன்மைகளும், நம்மை நலம்புரிந்து வந்தடையும். 

25th Sept 2019 was a significant day ~ Purattasi Ekadasi day.  On all Ekadasis, there will be periya maada veethi purappadu of Sri Parthasarathi Swami at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam.  This Ekadasi was  more  special.  For two decades now, annually Sri Peyalwar from Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam has been visiting Thiruvallikkeni for mangalasasanam of the Divyadesa perumal.

Later in the night, it rained pretty heavily and was wondering how Thamizh thalaivan Sri Peyazhwar could have reached back his abode at Thirumylai.  Rains are not new and the Muthal azhwargal enjoyed ~ in fact that was the very reason how we got those treasure-trove of thiruvanthathis.   On that beautiful rainy day at Thirukkovalur, Sri Peyalwar in the company of Sri Poigai Alwar and Bootathalwar, lighting with the Universe and love, had darshan of Emperuman. Among the 12 Azhwaars of Srivaishanva Tradition, Poigai Azhwar, Boothath Azhwar and Peyazhwar – were the ones to have descended on this Earth earlier.  They were contemporaries and are praised as “Muthal Azhwars (the first among the Azhwars).  They were born in the month of “Aippasi: in the thirunakshathirams of ‘Thiruvonam, Avittam, Sathayam’ respectively. This divine trio met on a rainy day at Thirukkovalur – when they sang 100 verses each which now form part of Moonravathu Ayiram (Iyarpa) in Naalayira Divyaprabandham.

Sri Peyalwar was born in a well in Mylapore (thence known as Mylai Thiruvallikkeni).  His birthplace is in the present day Arundel Street in Mylapore closer to Mylai Madhaava Perumal Kovil.  At Thiruvallikkeni, the road adjacent to Sri Parthasarathi Kovil houses a separate sannathi (temple by itself) for Sri Peyalwar and the street is named after the Azhwar and is known as ‘Peyazhwar kovil Street’.

Hailed as Thamizh Thalaivan, Sri Peyalwar  glorifies Emperuman  as having seen the lotus-dame on the frame of Ocean-hued most bountiful Lord, who wields a fiery discuss (Chakra) and the dextral conch (Sangam) in His Hands and radiating more than the Golden Sun ~ what a darshan and how great even to imagine such a darshan .. .. ..  in his Moonram thiruvantathi, Alwar starts :

திருக்கண்டேன் பொன்மேனி கண்டேன் * திகழும்
அருக்கனணி நிறமும் கண்டேன்*  செருக்கிளரும்
பொன்னாழி கண்டேன் புரிசங்கம்  கைக்கண்டேன்*
என்னாழி வண்ணன்  பாலின்று**

Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam better known as ‘Kesava Perumal Kovil’ is near Mylai Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Chithirai kulam belongs to this Temple.   Now the Peyalwar who graces this beautiful Thennacharya  temple – annually visits Thiruvallikkeni in a grand procession.  Sri Peyalwar is taken in a palanquin and nearer Triplicane [at the TP koil Street – Besant Road Junction] – the pallakku is opened to let all devotees have his darshan fully.  Nearer the Western gate of the temple, Senai Muthaliyar and Sri Sadagopam [Sadari] of Sri Parthasarathi are taken on purappadu for mariyathai for Alwar. 

                        From there, Sri Peyalwar is taken on a grand procession in Chinna mada veethi with ‘Moondram Thiruvanthathi’ goshti and enters vahana mantap  – from there, Azhwar enters Thirukovil in kaipalagai.  Sri Peyazhwar visits all sannathies inside the Temple ~ those of Lord Venkata Krishnan, Vedavalli Thayar, Varada Rajar, Azhagiya Singar and Andal and does mangalasasanam – i.e., ‘praying and praising the divine Gods and begetting happiness in doing so’.

Sri Peyawlar has sung about Thiruvallikkeni temple in his ‘Moondram Thiruvanthati’ –  the highlight besides the visit of Azhwar was Perumal adorning Rathnangi and outdazzling the ornament.   Sri Peyalwar mangalasasanam was a grand festival grandly organized by Sri NC Sridhar, Trustee of Sri Kesava Perumal Kovil, Mylapore….   Here are some photos taken on the occasion.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan
[Mamandur Srinivasan Sampathkumar living in  Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam]

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