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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sri Ramanujar Uthsavam 2021 day 1 Evening Mangalagiri purappadu

The ThiruAvathara Uthsavam of the Greatest Acharyar ~ Nammiramanusar   – started today (9.4.2021) – in the morning it was ‘Thanga pallakku’ and in the evening ‘Mangalagiri’ – and as I post this there is more than a tinge of sadness !



 

‘YathiRajar’ ~ the king among yathis [hermits and sages],   travelled all the way by foot to far-flung places making the Srivaishnavatie tradition flourish in all his path.   The more one thinks and reads of him, more one is over-awed by his great qualities and knowledge. 

Strange are the ways of people – 2021 repeating 2020 !  last year people globally suffered as Covid-19 challenged and threw  the World out of gears stopping people movement and ruining the economy.  Around this time last year, most main cities were under lockdown – and people were forced to remain inside.  Now this April 2021 has dawned rather badly – with cases rising unabatedly in what is described as second wave.  Besides Maharashtra, maximum cases are getting reported from Jharkhand, Delhi and Kerala – Tamil Nadu too is getting affected badly.  The state government has said it will impose night curfew and additional restrictions if there is no reduction in cases. On Friday, TN added 5,441 cases and 23 deaths to its Covid-19 registry. After 1,890 patients were discharged, there were 33,659 active cases. The state’s case tally touched 9,20,827 and the cumulative death toll reached 12,863.  Situation is rather bad, but people still are not understanding ! 

We fall at the feet of our Acharya seeking good for the society.  Swami Ramanuja was a great philosopher, our Acaryar was the most able administrator too.  He undertook control of Thiruvarangam temple, made corrective measures and ensured that the systems would flow down for centuries.  Thirumala temple too benefited by him, so did temples at Melukote and more ..  



நம் ஆசார்யர் இராமாநுஜர் சிறந்த வேதாந்தி, தொலைநோக்கு பார்வை கொண்டவர், பெரிய நிர்வாகியும் கூட. திருவரங்கம் கோயிலின் நிர்வாகத்தை ஏற்று, அதை முற்றிலும் சீர்படுத்தி திருக்கோவிலை செம்மைப்படுத்தி, நியமனங்களை,  நெறிமுறைகளை உண்டாக்கியவர்.  கோவில் நிர்வாகத்தில் பல துறைகளை உருவாக்கி அததற்கு  சரியான ஆட்களையும் நியமித்தார்.  இவர் வகுத்துக் கொடுத்த கோயில் நடைமுறைகள்தான் திருமலையிலும் கடைப்பிடிக்கப்படுகின்றன.  மேல்கோட் திருநாராயணபுரத்தில் தங்கி இருந்து திருக்கோவிலையும், அன்றைய அரசவையும், பரிபாலித்து, தொண்டனூரில் மிகப்பெரிய ஏரி ஒன்றை உருவாக்கி, பாசனத்தையும் சீர்படுத்திய மஹான் நம் எம்பெருமானார்.

நயவேன் ஒரு தெய்வம் நானிலத்தே சில மானிடத்தைப்*

புயலே எனக்கவி போற்றிசெய்யேன், பொன்னரங்கமென்னில்

மயலே பெருகும் இராமனுசன்  மன்னு மாமலர்த்தாள்*

அயரேன் அருவினை என்னையெவ்வாறின்றடர்ப்பதுவே?

 

Thiruvarangathu Amuthanar in his glorious work contemplates that he shall seldom offer worship to any other God on earth, will not praise some mortal with high sounding words like  ‘you are akin to a cloud that gives rain’ – one shall never forget the lotus feet of our Acharyar  Sri Ramanujar who unbountiful love flows like a cloud on the mere mention of holy Thiruvarangam.  To those, karma can never approach nor do any harm.   

Here are some photos taken during the evening purappadu on day 1 at Thiruvallikkeni divaydesam – Emperumanar in Mangalagiri – one cannot control one’s tears thinking of the fact that there would be no further purappadu – so Emperumanar uthsavam and sarrumurai would happen only inside temple.  This year was a rare one with the possibility of Sri Ramanujar (reincarnation of Lakshmana) having purappadu with Sree Ramapiran as the thiruvavathara uthsam ran partly concurrent with Sree Rama Navami – alas, we cannot have darshan of such a wonderful purappadu. 

Hope Corona is controlled and things are back to normalcy sooner.  Vaccinate yourself, stay safe, stay at home, do not venture out unnecessarily. Praying for the welfare of us all.

 

adiyen Srinivasadhasan (Mamandur Srinivasan Sampathkumar)
9.4.2021.



















  

Friday, April 9, 2021

Emperumanar Uthsavam 2021 starts today

Celebrating the birth of Swami Ramanuja –

Thiru Avathara Uthsavam 2021

 




Blessed are We, the present generation –  we celebrated 1000 years of Swami Ramanuja on  1st May 2017 -   thiruvathirai nakshathiram in the month of Chithirai. ..  Thiruvavathara Uthsavam of Udayavar culminating in sarrumurai on ‘Chithiraiyil Thiruvathirai’ – the 10 day annual brahmothsavam of Swami Ramanujar started today on 9.4.2021. 

‘Ananthah sarasi dhere  Ramye  Bhoothapurivare’ – on the bank of Ananthasaras the temple pushkarini, is the temple of Sri Adhi Kesavar.   Boothapuri, better known now as Sri Perumpudur is the most divine place for us –  the place where our Greatest Acharyar “Emperumanaar, Bashyakarar” the reincarnation of Aadi Sesha and Sri Lakshmanar was born,  in the year 1017  to Kesava Somayaji and Gandhimathi couples.   Ilayavalwar as he was known at birth, Ramanujar was born in the year of grace of Pingala corresponding to year 939 of Salivahana era  and lived for a period of 120 years.   He was named Illayazhwar [denoting Lakshmana] by his uncle Srisaila Purnar foreseeing his wisdom, infinity and eternity.   

His birth is associated with the temple tank ‘Kairavini’ at Thiruvallikkeni for his father Kesava Somayaji conducted yagna seeking birth of a son – and the great Ramanujar was born. He paid his first visit to Thiruvarangam in his 25th year but could only pay homage to Acharyar Alavanthar.  He lived and taught undisturbed in Srirangam for some more decades before had to leave the place proceeding to Melukote Thirunarayanapuram.  

Our Srivaishnavism hails Ubhaya Vedanta – there are philosophies restricted to having their scriptures in either Sanskrit or Tamil ~ Sri Vaishnavism has Sanskrit and dravida vedantha in equal parlance. .. .. and we have the noblest of preceptors  - Swami Ramanujar – the King of all hermits guiding us the path.   Our darsana Sthapakar, Sri Ramanujar rightly reverred as ‘Yathi Rajar’ ~ the king among yathis [hermits and sages, the greatest reformer he was, Ramanuja gave us many vedantic treatises - toured the entire Country, making the Srivaishnavatie tradition flourish in all his path.  Of those who remained closest to Sri Ramanuja – Sri  Mudaliandan, Sri Koorathazhwan, Sri Embar,  Sri Ananthazhwan, Arulalaperumal Emperumanar, Kidambi Achaan, Thirukurugai Piraan Pillan, Thiruvarangathu Amuthanar and more.  Worshipping Sri Ramanujar will cure us of all sins and can there by a better time for doing it  than now.  

Celebrate the birth of Swami Ramanujar.  Falling at the feet of Udayavar is the only way, we cleanse and lift ourselves towards higher things – the kainkaryam to Lord. 

Here are some photos of today’s morning purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam.

 

adiyen Srinivasadhasan.  [Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar]
9.4.2021. 



















Thiruvallikkeni Panguni Ekadasi purappadu 2021

 

இன்று [8.4.2021] பங்குனி மாசத்து ஏகாதசி - சதய நக்ஷத்திரமும் கூட.  திருவல்லிக்கேணி திவ்யதேசத்தில் ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி எம்பெருமான் பெரிய மாட வீதி புறப்பாடு கண்டருளினார். கோஷ்டியிலே ஸ்ரீபேயாழ்வாரின்  மூன்றாம் திருவந்தாதி சேவிக்கப்பெற்றது. 




People learn by experience – sadly, 2020 seemingly has not taught people anything, going by what is about to get repeated in 2021.  Decades ago, Madras was well prepared to face an air raid from the Japanese during World War II. Air raid shelters were built, sirens installed, slit trenches dug and pamphlets that told residents how to stay safe pasted everywhere. Yet it is reported that  when a Japanese plane finally bombed the city on the night of October 11, 1943, no one knew about it for three days.

In Mar 2020, ‘a 21 day curfew’ was first announced  by Prime Minister of the Nation Shri Narendra Modiji.  He spoke of the need of remaining at home, not crossing the Lakshman Rekha.  He urged : stay at Home for your sake; everyone's sake, for the sake of our Nation.  #StayHomeIndia,  #NationalLockdown.  It was to be a complete lockdown and He urged that  if India does not manage the lockdown for these 21 days then India will be pushed back by 21 years.  "It took 67 days for the first lakh people to be infected from coronavirus. It only took 11 days for the next 1 lakh to be infected. Even more scary is the fact that it took only four days for the figure to rise to 3 lakhs," said PM Modi at that time.

Delhi on Thursday reported close to 7,500 coronavirus cases, a huge jump in the daily Covid-19 tally. For two days in the trot, the city reported over 5,000 new infections. On Wednesday, as many as 5,506 patient were found infected, while on Tuesday, the number of new cases were 5,100. Breaking all records, India recorded a massive surge of 131,893 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.  

In the wake of rising COVID cases in the country, and in line with other states, the Tamil Nadu state government has also now announced reintroduction of COVID-related restrictions.   Here are some of the restrictions :

·         Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes, including those located inside malls, will be allowed to operate with a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.

·         All shops, including vegetable shops, provision stores, shopping malls and big showrooms, can remain open only till 11 pm with a maximum of 50 per cent customer capacity at a time.

·         Restaurants, food courts and tea shops will be permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity. Takeaways are allowed till 11 pm.

·         Entertainment or amusement parks, auditoriums, recreational clubs, assembly halls, zoological parks, museums, and other similar places are permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity by following SOPs.

·         All social, political, academic, entertainment, sports, cultural and other functions are permitted in closed spaces (indoor areas) with a ceiling of 200 persons. A total of 100 people will be allowed at weddings and 50 at funerals.

·         Stadiums and playgrounds can conduct sports competitions. However, spectators are not allowed.

·         Film and serial shootings have been permitted. However, the respective production establishment has been instructed to ensure that artists and crew involved in the shoot undergo RT-PCR tests and vaccination.

.. .. .. .. b u t  .. ..  festivals and religious events would be prohibited, and  shall be permitted only upto 8 PM. The grim news is there perhaps would be no purappadu and the Emperumanar Uthsavam starting tomorrow is most likely to be affected.

. ………….   WE are the ones to blame for this situation, though one could still criticize the Govt for only restricting places of worship while allowing other things to happen – not forgetting the crowds that turned out at the Election rallies. 








பரபக்தி பரக்ஞான பரமபக்தியையுடையராய், 'ஞான திருப்தஸ்ய யோகின' எனும்படியே, லோக யாத்திரையில் கண்வையாதே அலௌகிகராய், முதல் ஆழ்வார்களில், மாடமாமயிலை என புகழ்பெற்ற தலத்திலே அயோனிஜராய்   அவதரித்து 'மஹ்தாஹ்வயர்' என்கிற தமிழ் தலைவன் பேயாழ்வாரின் அமுத வரிகளில் மூன்றாம் திருவந்தாதி பாடல் இங்கே (இரண்டாம் பாடல்) 

இன்றே கழல் கண்டேன் ஏழ்பிறப்பும் யான் அறுத்தேன்*

பொன்தோய் வரை மார்பில் பூந்துழாய்*  அன்று

திருக்கண்டு கொண்ட திருமாலே *  உன்னை

மருக்கண்டு  கொண்டு என் மனம்  .. 

At Thirukkovalur idaikazhi, standing alongside Poigaippiran and Boothathazhvaar, Sri Peyalwar has darshan of Sriman Narayan with the aid of the lamps lit by the two Azhwaars.  Having had good darshan of that complete Sriman Narayana  along with pirattiyar, holding divine arms – Alwar declares that – the moment, he realized Sriman Narayana, he could rid of all sins as also the continuing trouble of rebirth – the very thought of realization takes him to moksha, is what Alwar proudly declares. 

Here are some photos of the Ekadasi purappadu today evening.

 

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan
Mamandur veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar
8.4.2021