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Friday, January 6, 2012

Thiruvallikkeni - Iraapathu Uthsavam 2 - 06.01.2012

The auspicious Vaikunda Ekadasi heralds the start of ‘Irapathu’ Uthsavam.  As the name suggests, there will be celebrations for 10 nights.

In the evening, the Sorga vasal [Paramapada vasal] will be opened, as Nammazhwar would wait infront of the gate to receive Perumal as He comes through the door.  There will be procession [veedhi purappadu] of Lord Sri Parthasarathi along with Sri Nammazhwaar.  All the 10 days, ‘Upadesa Rathinamalai’  of Acharyar Sri Manavala Maamunigal will be recited.

After the conclusion of the Purappadu, inside the temple, every day 100 songs from the Thiruvoimozhi of Nammazhwaar will be recited.  Today, being the second day of Irapathu, ‘Irandam pathu’ is recited.

Today, Sri Parthasarathy shone in opulent brilliance as ‘Sri Venugopalar ‘ – the cowherd -  One with the Flute and Cows.  Here are some photos of Perumal and Azhwaar taken during today’s evening purappadu.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

Sri  Nammazhwaar

Sri Parthasarathi  - Venugopalan Thirukolam

Sri Parthasarathi (Pinnazhagu – see the cow)

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