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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thiruvallikkeni Udayavar Uthsavam 2013 - Sri Ramanujar Vazhi

Thiruvallikkeni Sri Emperumanar Uthsavam - day 1... purappadu

At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam, the temple festivities are always continuous… just a day after the conclusion of the grandiose Brahmothsavam for Sri Parthasarathi, today 5th May 2013 [Chithirai 22] began the grand Uthsavam of our Greatest Acharyar – Sri Ramanujar.

Of the three great exponents of Vedanta philosophy, Bhagwad Ramanuja with his aesthetic beautiful interpretations occupies the central place.  Sri Ramanujar hailed as Udayavar, Emperumanar, Bashyakarar, Ilayazhwaar amongst other names was born in the year 1017 at Sri Perumpudur on ‘Thiruvathirai’ thirunakshathiram in the month of Chithirai.  This year Udayavar sarrumurai falls on Tuesday, 14th May 2013. [Chithirai 31 – Chithiraiyil seyya Thiruvathirai]

Our darsana Sthapakar, Sri Ramanujar is rightly reverred as ‘Yathi Rajar’ ~ the king among yathis [hermits and sages],  it is our Acharyan who showed us the right direction to follow. The greatest reformer he was, Ramanuja gave us many vedantic treatises.  Sri Udayavar, toured the entire Country, making the Srivaishnavatie tradition flourish in all his path.  He was a great administrator too.  He created flawless systems, corrected the administration of Sri Rangam ensuring the proper maintenance of the wealth of Lord Ranganatha and creating teams to properly continue all kainkaryams to the Lord. 

At Thiruvallikkeni, it is a 10 day Uthsavam with purappadus in the morning and evening as well…. then there are also Thirumanjanam, Thiruppavai sarrumurai,  Mangalasasanam, Thiruvaimozhi sarrumurai and Sri Ramanujar would take rest in the kannadi arai.  In the words of Thiruvarangathu Amuthanar, the earthly human beings were all given the true  Knowledge by the birth of Acharyar Ramanujar and started disciples of Sriman Narayanan.

உலகோர்கள் எல்லாம் அண்ணல் இராமானுசன் வந்து தோன்றிய
அப்பொழுதே நண்ணரு ஞானம் தலைக்கொண்டு நாரணற்கு ஆயினரே.

Triplicanites were too happy to have darshan of Sri Ramanujar in palanquin this morning and in big tholukkiniyan in the evening.  Here are some photos taken by me during the morning purappadu in pallakku and evening in dharmathipeedam. 

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan..

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