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Friday, May 15, 2020

kshIra sAgara Sayana nannu cintala .. .. .. Punarvasu Sri Rama Piran 2020

In the highest-ever single-day rise of coronavirus cases in Mumbai, as many as 998 new infections were detected, taking the tally to 16,579 on Thursday. 25 more patients succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll in the financial capital beyond the 600-mark.  On the other hand, 70 cases were reported in Thane, 64 in Navi Mumbai, 21 in Mira Bhayander and six in Kalyan-Dombivali.  The Uddhav Thackeray-led government announced that the lockdown in Mumbai, Pune and other hotspots in the state will be extended up to May 31.  The lockdown in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will most likely be extended till May 31 as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in both states. Tamil Nadu is likely to announce the extension but with some more easing of norms.

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Madras High Court order of May 8 to close all state-run liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, with immediate effect, to enforce physical distancing amid the nationwide lockdown to rein in the coronavirus outbreak.  A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, SK Kaul and BR Gavai heard the State government’s contention that an indefinite closure of liquor shops would cause “grave” revenue and business losses. In its petition, government firm Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, or TASMAC, accused the High Court of judicial overreach while highlighting that the ban order was passed the very same day the Supreme Court dismissed an identical call to close liquor shops across the country. The Madras High Court had allowed online liquor sales and home delivery.  Look up to sky !

Given clear skies and an unobstructed western horizon, the dazzling planet Venus – and the planet Mercury, our sun’s innermost planet – will be yours to behold after sunset from about mid-May 2020 until nearly the end of this month. Like early explorers mapping the continents of our globe, astronomers are busy charting the spiral structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Using infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have discovered that the Milky Way's elegant spiral structure is dominated by just two arms wrapping off the ends of a central bar of stars. Previously, our galaxy was thought to possess four major arms.

Our Sun (a star) and all the planets around it are part of a galaxy known as the Milky Way Galaxy. A galaxy is a large group of stars, gas, and dust bound together by gravity.  The Milky Way is a large barred spiral galaxy. All the stars we see in the night sky are in our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our galaxy is called the Milky Way because it appears as a milky band of light in the sky when you see it in a really dark area.    The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek (galaxías kýklos, "milky circle").   Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe.   It is very difficult to count the number of stars in the Milky Way from our position inside the galaxy. Our best estimates tell us that the Milky Way is made up of approximately 100 billion stars.  Just as the Earth goes around the Sun, the Sun goes around the center of the Milky Way.

The song "Harivarasanam Viswamohanam, Haridadhiswaram Aaradhyapadhukam”, sung by K. J. Yesudas and composed (in Madhyamavati raga) by G. Devarajan for the film  ‘Swami Iyappa’  later became part of the daily routine of Sabarimala Temple. It is played every night during the closing ceremony of the temple.  The Harivarasanam lyrics were composed in 1950 and written by Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer. After serving the last meal or Athaza puja or panakam when the temple doors are about to close Kulathur Iyer used to sing Harivarasanam daily to Lord Ayyappa.  P. Subramaniam was an Indian film director, producer, distributor, theatre owner, and mayor. He was the founder of Merryland Studio (established in 1951), the second film studio in Kerala.  There was another hit song in the film Swami Aiyappa – Thiruparkadalil !

முன்பெல்லாம் வானொலியில் அடிக்கடி ஒலிக்கும் ஒரு சிறந்த பாடல் - சுவாமி அய்யப்பன் படத்தில் இருந்து :

திருப்பாற்கடலில் பள்ளி கொண்டாயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா – அங்கு
திருமகள் துணையில் அமைதி கொண்டாயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா !

உலகினைப் பாய் போல் கொண்டவன் நீயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா – அன்று
உரலுடன் நடந்த கண்ணனும் நீயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா
இரணியன் அகந்தை அழித்தவன் நீயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா – அன்று
இந்திர வில்லை முறித்தவன் நீயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா  .. .. ..

திருப்பாற்கடலில் பள்ளி கொண்டாயே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா  ~ singing on Emperuman Sriman Narayana reclining on Adi Sesha at thiruparkadal (the ocean of milk) – from there He rushed to the help of mammoth tusker Gajendra at a call .. ..  To Thiyagayya, the Lord reclining on Adisesha at Thiruparkkadal too is Lord Rama

క్షీర సాగర శయన నన్ను చింతల పెట్ట వలెనా రామ
kshIra sAgara Sayana nannu cintala peTTa valenA rAma

O Lord reclining in the Ocean of Milk! O Lord Rama! O Lord whose name carries one across (the ocean of Worldly Existence)! O Lord praised by this Thyagaraja – why would you keep me in distress ? – you are the one who rushed to protect the elephant Gajendra; you provided vasthram to Draupadi at her distress, you crossed the Ocean for retrieving Seetha and killing demon Ravana – take care of me with your compassion. Without going into fine musical details, as a rudiment of music appreciation,  when the pallavi is  sung,  we would be swept by  the mood, devotion  and graphic description of Vishnu resting amid the mildly turbulent waves of the Ocean of Milk.

The greatest Ithihasa purana ‘Ramanaya’ – conveys the greatness of the one incarcerated ie., Sita Mata.  She was forcibly taken away, kept in Ashokvana, guarded by rakshas, threatened and troubled.  Having heard the revolting words of Rāvaa, the lord of Rākshasas, Seetā mata, without her beloved by her, was distraught like a young cow-elephant beset by a lion in the heart of the forest. Finding herself in the midst of the Rākshasis and remembering the many threatening words of Rāvaa, the timorous Seetā cried like a young girl abandoned in a desolate forest; she remarked to herself :

सत्यं बतेदं प्रवदन्ति लोके ;  नाकालमृत्युर्भवतीति सन्तः ।
यत्राहमेवं परिभर्त्स्यमाना ;  जीवामि दीना क्षणमप्यपुण्या ॥

ஸத்யம் பதேதம் ப்ரவதந்தி லோகே; நாகாலம்ருத்யுர்பவதீதி ஸந்த: ।
யத்ராஹமேவம் பரிபர்த்ஸ்யமாநா ; ஜீவாமி தீநா க்ஷணமப்யபுண்யா ॥

What the wise men in this world said all along is, after all, true : -  no one dies an untimely death; otherwise, why would I, who has no Puya, continue to live, in spite of all the impending threats?

Corona or any other impending misfortunes, why fear them, when we can fall at the feet of Lord Rama and pray to the ultimate Saviour of our souls.  On 22.10.2016 it was Punarvasu nakshathiram and at Thiruvallikkeni  there was siriya mada veethi purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni of Lord Sri Rama.  Here are some photos taken during the purappadu hitherto not posted.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan [Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar]

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