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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Thiruvallikkeni Theppothsavam 2020 - Masi Amavayai


Thiruvallikkeni Theppothsavam 2020 - Masi Amavayai


A ship or a boat is a contraption  that can float and move on the ocean, a river, or any waterbody, either through its own power or using power from the elements (wind, waves, or Sun). Plain steel would sink in water immediately, as would a wrecked steel ship !  The reason that a ship floats is that it displaces a lot of water. The displaced water keeps pushing  the ship upwards – this force is called the buoyancy force. The more water that is displaced, the stronger the buoyancy force is which pushes the object up. Any object dipped  into water experiences two forces: the gravity force which pulls it down due to its weight, and the buoyancy force which pushes it up. If these forces are equal, then the object floats. This is about the divine float – the Theppam for Lord Sriman Narayana




ஸ்ரீராமனின் காதை  "இராமாயணம்" ஒரு அற்புத காவியம்.  கம்ப நாட்டாழ்வான் - கங்கைகாண் படலத்திலே - ஸ்ரீராமனுக்காக, குகன் கொணர்ந்த நாவாய்களின் அழகை இவ்வாறு விவரிக்கிறார்.

நங்கையர் நடையின் அன்னம் நாண் உறு செலவின் நாவாய்,
கங்கையும் இடம் இலாமை மிடைந்தன-கலந்த எங்கும்,-
அங்கொடு, இங்கு, இழித்தி ஏற்றும் அமைதியின், அமரர் வையத்து
இங்கொடு அங்கு இழித்தி ஏற்றும் இருவினை என்னல் ஆன.. .....
பெண்கள் நடைபோன்ற நடையையும்;  அன்னப் பறவைகள்  நாணப்படும்படியான நீரிற் செல்லுதலும் உடைய, நாவாய்;  அக்கரையில் உள்ளாரை   இக்கரையில்  ஏற்றி இறக்கும்தன்மையினால்; தேவருலகமாகிய அவ்வுலகத்தோடு;   இவ்வுலகில் உள்ளாரை ஏற்றிச்செல்லும் புண்ணியம் பெற்றவையாக, பெருங்கடல் போன்ற புண்ணிய கங்கை நதியிலும் கூட இடமில்லையோ எனும்படி எல்லா இடங்களிலும் நிறைந்து இருந்தனவாம். 





              In the divyadesam of Thiruvallikkeni, the tamil month of Masi has special significance.  On the Full moon [Pournami day and Magam Nakshathiram] Sri Parthasarathi Swami visits the shores of Marina, famously known as Masi Magam.   Perhaps this is the time that signifies the onset of summer and it is time for cooling the Lord.  On Masi New moon [Amavasyai] starts the float festival at Thiruvallikkeni.   The tank of Sri Parthasarathi Swami is famous ~ it is  ‘Kairavini Pushkarini’… the pond of Lily – ‘allikkeni’ from which the place itself derives its name (~ and my blog is titled Kairavini Karaiyinile  literally meaning on the banks of holy Kairavini, the temple  tank).  The tank has added significance attributed to the birth of “Yathi Rajar” – Swami Ramanujar due to the penance undertaken by Kesava Somayaji and Kanthimathi ammal. Pushkarinis were developed closely associated with temples. The water from the tank was once used daily for thirumanjanam and all other religious functions of the Lord. The conclusion of Brahmotsavam would be by ‘theerthavaari’ the sacred bath at the tank.

Every year there is the ‘theppam’ – the float festival. A floating structure gets spruced up, made of drums, timber and ornated beautifully. Perumal comes  to the temple tank in purappadu and is placed majestically inside the float. The beautifully lit theppam is dragged around in water. Devotees in hundreds converge, sit everywhere on the steps of the temple tank to have darshan of the Lord on theppam. In olden days, the shops springing up for the occasion were of added attraction.


The annual float festival of the Sri Parthasarathy Swamy temple starts every year on Masi Ammavasai day and is a 7 day affair.  In my young days, the tank was much bigger and would brim with water – so the size of the float also used to be much bigger. Now a days,  the float  is much smaller in size, the grandeur of the festival has only increased though.   Now a days it is only 5 rounds around the temple tank in the float.

This year the Theppa Utsavam began on Sunday, 23th Feb 2020  and here are some photos of the Theppam.  

adiyen Srinivasadhasan. [S. Sampathkumar]
29.3.2020
·         PS: using the same template (I wrote) of last year and posting  with this year photos
·         - delayed posting !  
















Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thiruchanur - Alarmelmangapuram - Sri Padmavathi Thayar darsanam


Sometimes you get to read what you don’t want – everywhere in every group – some news or other on Covid-19 is getting circulated.  Nation is gearing up to fight the dreaded virus.  Sadly, temples are closed and we are not in a position to have darshan of our Emperuman – but that is the way of life.  There have been troubled times earlier too, people have emerged unscathed by following the guidelines and by surrendering to Sriman Narayana, our Saviour.


Following the nationwide lockdown to prevent and contain the spread of coronavirus disease, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Thursday closed the ghat roads baring entry to all vehicles on ghat roads except to the duty vehicles. TTD initially restricted vehicle movements on the ghat roads by from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am due to closure of the Tirumala temple for darshan, since last Friday. Now it has completely closed down the ghat roads on both sides.

எல்லா காலங்களிலும், இது போன்ற சங்கட காலங்களிலும் நாம் செய்ய வேண்டியது என்ன ? - நமக்கு என்ன மனக்கவலை ?? - திருவேங்கடவன் இருக்கும் போது.  திருவேங்கடமுடையானன்றோ ப்ராப்யம், திருமலையே ப்ராப்பயமென்ற  திருமலையொன்றே நம் வினை ஓய்வதற்குப் போதுமென்கிறார், சுவாமி நம்மாழ்வார்.
திருமால் தன் அடியார்களை காப்பதற்கு எழுந்து அருளி இருக்கும் திவ்யதேசங்களில் தலையானது "திருமலை" என போற்றப்படும் "திருவேங்கடம் - திருப்பதி"- குளிரருவி வேங்கடம்; விரிதிரை வேங்கடம் என மிகுந்த அருவிகளை உடையதாக புகழப்படுகிறது. எம்பெருமான் உறையும் இடமான  திருமலைதான் நமக்கும் பரம ப்ராப்யம்; அது நமக்கு எல்லா சிறந்த பலன்களையும் அளிக்க வல்லது.   குளிர்ந்தபெருமழையை தடுத்தவனும் உலகங்களையளந்த பிரபுவுமாகிய எம்பெருமான் ஸ்ரீமன் நாரணன் வந்து சேர்ந்தவிடமான திருமலையொன்றை மாத்திரமே நாம் வணங்கப்பெறில்,  நமது வினைகள் யாவும் பறந்து ஓடி விடும்.

திருமலை என்பது அற்புத திவ்யக்ஷேத்ரம்  - திருமலை என்றால் அது உயர்ந்த ஏழுமலை திருவேங்கடமுடையான், கீழ் திருப்பதி கோவிந்தராஜர் மற்றும் திருச்சானூர் ஸ்ரீபத்மாவதி தாயார் திருக்கோயில்களை உள்ளடக்கும்.




The sacred and most reverred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak – Venkatachala hill of Tirumala.  The Lord stands tall as bestower of all boons and lakhs of people reach here to have a glimpse – a few seconds darshan of the Lord.  This beautiful temple in its present form owes a lot to the works of the greatest Vaishnava Acarya Swami Ramanujar.  To us Thirumala Thirupathi encompasses – the holy shrine atop the hills of Thirumala, Kizh Thirupathi Govindaraja swami and Thiruchanoor Sri Padmavathi thayar.

Tirukkadavuru, Alarmel Mangapuram, Tirusukanur, Vadirajapuram, Tiruchhikkanur, Tiruchanur, Ammavaru thirukovil,  call it by any name, goddess Padmavathi is always at the behest of her beloved devotees.  The sacred pilgrim town of Tiruchanoor  is the abode of the “Lotus-born” goddess Padmavathi, who is also known by the name of Alarmel Mangai, and hence Alarmelmangapuram.





Tiruchanur, abode of Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi, the beloved consort of Lord Venkateswara  is one of the oldest pilgrim towns located 5km away from Tirupati.  According to purana  Goddess Mahalakshmi emerged on the golden lotus as Padmavathi Devi located at the centre of Padmasarovaram-the temple tank and is worshipped.  About 5,500 years ago, at the end of the Dwapara yugam and the beginning of Kaliyuga, the supreme Goddess thayar Mahalakshmi emerged in the Padma Sarovaram on a 1,000-petal golden lotus in the holy month of Karthika in Suklapaksha Panchami tithi on Friday on the advent of Uttaradashada star.

People visit and have darshan of Padmavathi thayar and beseech Her divine blessings before they visit Lord Venkateswara as Tirumala during their pilgrimage.  Sri Padmavathi thayar is the main deity of this temple – there is kalyana uthsavam every day.  There are sannathies of Balarama Krishna and Sundararajar also.

Had the fortune of worshipping  at this temple on 29.2.2020 and here are some photos of unjal sevai of Padmavathi thayar.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar
28.3.2020.












Friday, March 27, 2020

Narayan Sarovar, Cheti Chand, Lord Jhulelal and Sindhi New year


Narayan Sarovar or Narayansar is an holy  place of pilgrimage for Hindus on the Kori Creek. It is located in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch district, Gujarat, India. The ancient Koteshwar temple lies only 4 km away.

Cheti Chand greetings to everyone, especially the Sindhi community. With the blessings of Lord Jhulelal, may everyone’s wishes be fulfilled. May there be abundance of happiness. I would specially pray for the good health and well-being of our citizens. – tweeted our PM Shri Narendra Modiji, this morning.

Cheti Chand is a festival that marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year for Sindhi Hindus.  The date of the festival is based on the lunar cycle, falling on the first day of the year, in the Sindhi month of Chet (Chaitra). It typically falls in late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar on or about the same day as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in other parts of the Deccan region of India.  This time couple of days  later than Ugadi. The festival marks the arrival of spring and harvest, but in the Sindhi community, it also marks the birth of Uderolal in 1007, after they prayed to the Hindu god Varun Dev to save them from the persecution by the tyrannical Muslim ruler Mirkhshah. Uderolal morphed into a warrior and old man who preached and reprimanded Mirkhshah that Muslims and Hindus deserve the same religious freedoms. He, as Jhulelal became the champion of the people in Sindh, from both religions.

The tradition likely started with Daryapanthis. During the British colonial rule era, major annual fairs (melas) used to be held in Uderolal and Zindapir (near Hyderabad, Pakistan). In contemporary times, the Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand with major fairs, feast parties, processions with jhankis (glimpse stage) of Jhulelal (an avatar of [Varun dev], similar to Vithoba),[9] other Hindu deities, and social dancing. On this day, many Sindhis take Baharana Sahib, a representation of Jhulelal, to a nearby river or lake. Baharana Sahib consists of jyot (oil lamp), misiri (crystal sugar), fota (cardamom), fal (fruits), and akha. Behind is kalash (water jar) and a nariyal (coconut) in it, covered with cloth, phool (flowers) and patta (leaves).

Jhulelal is a name that refers to the Ishta Dev (most-revered deity) of Sindhi Hindus, who regard him to be an incarnation of the Hindu deity Varuna. The chant Jhule Lal Jhule Lal is considered the "clarion call" of Sindhi Hindus.   performed several miracles, typically centred around the Indus River – which Hindus consider to be his abode.  Sindhi Hindus worship Jhulelal at the Shrine at Odero Lal in Pakistan's Sindh province.  A second shrine named Jhulelal Tirthdham exists in India at Narayan Sarovar, Kutch, Gujarat.

Swami Jhulelal  is represented as a man with a flowing white beard, sitting on a lotus flower in the middle of a river and surrounded by a couple of silver fish (palla fish). It is said that when the boy was born, he revealed his divine identity to his father Rattanchand and his mother Devaki. When he opened his mouth, his parents saw-the mighty Sindhu river flowing and an old man seated on a pala fish(a large salmon indigenous to the Sindhu river).

                          Jhulelal continues to be the unifying force and the centre of all cultural activities of the Sindhi community. When Sindhi men venture out to sea, their women pray to Jhulelal for their safe return. They offer the Lord a prasad of akha, a sweet made from rice, ghee, sugar and flour. Sindhis all over the world greet each other with the words, "Jaiko chawando Jhulelal thenja thinde Beda-Paar".

Jhulelal Tirathdham: A global spiritual centre and a world-class infrastructural marvel restoring the faith in religion, Sindhis now have their own palatial sanctuary in the country! A future nerve centre for the global Sindhi community, the Jhulelal Tirathdham is the sole holy place for all Sindhis across the world. It is a perfect site for creating a temple with extravagance as Shri Jhulelal Tirathdham Trust has embarked upon a project which has never been witnessed in the history of Sindhi Hindus, who are migrants from Sindh after India’s partition. Being developed as a religious grandeur par excellence, this is also the largest Jhulelal temple in the world. It is set to become an epicentre and bring huge cultural reform for the Sindhi community across the world.

Situated on the banks of the Kori Creek in Kutch’s Lakhpat district of Gujarat, the Sindhu (Indus) river used to flow at this location. The river used to end between the holy Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar.  Narayan Sarovar is also mentioned in The Bhagwat Purana as one of the five Sarovars. The river is also said to hold immense spiritual significance of worship for the Sindhis.  Jhulelal Tirathdham is is also close to Sindh’s capital, Karachi which is situated on Arabian Sea coast in Pakistan. Lord Jhulelal, the deity of Sindhis is believed to have emerged from the sea.  The dham is built on 42 acres of land and overlooks the Arabian Sea. ‘Tirath’ literally translates to ‘river front’ or a sacred place.  The Tirathdham complex includes a massive Jhulelal temple, a museum, amphitheatre, auditorium, meditation centre, shelter for pilgrims and several other amenities which are slated to start soon.  Once the dham is fully constructed, the entrance will lead to the main temple, surrounded with water bodies amidst the bloom of Lotus flowers, all depicting hints of the Sindhi culture

          Cheti Chand, the small temple which houses the shrine, and is part of the first phase, was recently inaugurated on April 7, 2019.  The Sindhi community has sacrificed their own land for the freedom of the country, and for the longest time, had no soil to call their own.  Now,  Tirath dham will serve as the one place for the community to perform all their religious duties from birth to death as well as become a centre to help in preserving their culture.

Happy  Cheti Chand  greetings to everyone !  -  Jai  Lord Jhulelal

With regards – S. Sampthkumar
27.3.2020.

Pic Credit : Wikipedia / twitter.
By Coolross at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23645248
By Raman Patel, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54429907

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Garuda Sevai 2020


Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesavar Garuda Sevai 2020

Life has suddenly changed for everyone – just a fortnight ago, there was this grand Garuda sevai purappadu during Panguni Brahmothsavam of Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal – hundreds gathered to have darshan .. .. now in 10 days time, things have changed.  Govt has in our best interests instructed all of us to stay at home – for the past few days, We could not have darshan of our Emperuman in Temples – We pray to our Emperuman that things change faster and from Tamil New year 2020 onwards, things are normal at Thiruvallikkeni and all over the World.



Thiruvallikkeni is part of Thondaimandalam.. associated with Pallava dynasty.  The Pallava Kings ruled regions of northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh between the 2nd and 9th centuries CE.  In divyaprabandham, alongside Thiruvallikkeni, Mylapore is associated as “Mylai Thiruvallikkeni”. 

During Pallava uthsavam, at the divine feet of Lord Ranganatha, tender foliage of mango is kept. For the foodie, ‘vadu mangai’ ~ the pickle of maavadu [tender mango : tiny baby mangoes] are great favourites. With the onset of summer of these small early staged mangoes hit the market and are straightway hits. ~ there is no better place to buy them than the mada veethi of Mylapore ….as you walk nearer, there is the famous Chithirai kulam belonging to Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal kovil, an ancient temple of Mylapore.

It is the time of annual Brahmothsavam and on morning of 14.3.2020,  it was the glittering Garuda vahanam.  The speciality of this temple is the importance accorded to Sri Peyalwar in every ritual, being his birth place.  Today too, Sri Peyazhwar welcomed Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal in golden Garuda vahanam.  There was oyyali [Aesal too] .. here are some photos taken during the purappadu at mylai mada veethi, this morning.



திருமயிலைவாசி ஸ்ரீ பேயாழ்வார்; அவரருளும் சிறப்பான உபாயமாவது ..  

"அரணாம் நமக்கென்றும் ஆழி வலவன்"  ~
ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணான எம்பெருமானே நமக்கு என்றென்றும் ரக்ஷகன்.
அவனை அடைய நாம் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும் ?  ~ இருகை  கூப்பி அவனடியே  சரணம் புகுதல் வேண்டும்.  எவ்வளவு எளிதானது ~ நம் முயற்சி ஒன்றுமே வேண்டாமே !!  நம்முடைய ரக்ஷணத்தில் நாம் முயல்வதை விட்டிட்டு அவனுடைய ரக்ஷகத்வத்திற்கு அவகாசம் கொடுப்போமாகில் அவன்  எக்காலத்திலும் ரக்ஷண ஜாகரூகனாயிருந்தருள்வன் என்பது மயர்வற மதிநலமுடைய பேயாழ்வார் வாக்கு.   இதோ அவரது மூன்றாம் திருவந்தாதியில் இருந்து ஒரு அற்புத பாசுரம் :  

அரணாம் நமக்கென்றும் ஆழி வலவன்,
முரனாள் வலம்சுழிந்த மொய்ம்பன், - சரணாமேல்
ஏதுகதி ஏதுநிலை ஏது பிறப்பென்னாதே,
ஓதுகதி மாயனையே ஓர்த்து.

எம்பெருமான் ஸ்ரீமன் நாரணன் எத்தகையவன்  !! ~  திருவாழியாழ்வானை வலத்திருக்கையிலுடையவனும், முராஸுரனுடைய ஆயுளையும், வலிமையையும் போக்கின மொய்ம்பன் (மிடுக்கையுடையவனுமான பெருமான்) - அவ்வளவு சிறப்பு மிக்கவன் நமக்கு ரக்ஷகனாக அமையும் பக்ஷத்தில், நம்மிடத்தில் உள்ள எத்தகைய குறைகளையும் கருதாமல்,  நமக்கு எல்லாக் காலத்திலும் ரக்ஷகனாகவேயிருப்பன், நெஞ்சமே இதை நன்றாக அறிந்து கொண்டு, ஆச்சரியமான குண சேஷ்டிதங்களையுடையனான அப்பெருமானையே உபாயமாக புரிந்து கொண்டு, அவனது நாமங்களையே  அநுஸந்தித்துக் கொண்டிரு. என உரைக்கிறார் நம் பேயாழ்வார்.


adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar
Posted on this day 26.3.2020.
Gratitude to  Sri Kachi Swami (Sri U Ve PB Annangarachar swami) – www.dravidaveda.org