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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Koodarai vellum Seer Govindha - Andal Neeratta Uthsavam day 7 (2014)

11th Jan 2013 – it is the day of Vaikunda Ekadasi and  7th day  of  Andal Neeratta uthsavam.  Sri Andal was exquisitely draped in green and blue silk and gave darshan in a grand sitting posture. 

In hymn no. 28 Sri Andal sings the glory of being the cow, reaching to forest on their trail and the significance of total surrender…… it reminded us of கறவைகள் பின்சென்று கானம்சேர்ந்து உண்போம் – the day pasuram was of great significance……….. it was “Kudarai Valli” –  a day, when the sweet pongal [made of jaggery with ghee flowing] is offered to God and then shared with all near and dear..   it is ‘Koodarai vellum seer Govindha”…

The true quality of Sri Vaishnavaite is to renounce everything, fall at the Lotus feet of Sriman Narayana and feel happy of the fact of being his  eternal follower, allowing the Master to decide, determine and dictate the future. The best of wealth that one can get is the chance to do kainkaryam (service) to the God Himself and to Bhagavathas (His followers)

கூடாரை வெல்லும்சீர்க் கோவிந்தா உன்றன்னைப்*
பாடிப் பறைகொண்டு யாம்பெறு சம்மானம்*
நாடு புகழும் பரிசினால் நன்றாகச்*
சூடகமே தோள்வளையே தோடே செவிப்பூவே*
பாடகமே என்றனைய பல்கலனும் யாமணிவோம்*
ஆடை உடுப்போமதன்பின்னே பாற்சோறு*
மூடநெய் பெய்து முழங்கை வழிவாரக்*
கூடியிருந்து குளிர்ந்தேலோரெம்பாவாய். 

In this pasuram, Kothai Piratti expresses her great joy over the acquirement of the boons that she and her friends entreated Lord Krishna to grant them. To celebrate, She calls beating the drum, wearing new clothes describing all the ornate ornaments that are to be worn and eating sweet rice prepared in milk with ghee overflowing. In the early pasurams of Thiruppavai, it is the Paavai Nonbu – now it is nearing completeion and is the time for sanmanam from the Lord for those who observed the vratham.  The Pasuram starts with “Koodarai Vellum Seer” – which speaks of His greatest Quality of winning the hearts of even those who want to fight against Him.

To us, the bakthas, it is not only of getting that much sought benevolence of God but more of sharing them with all bhakthas ‘koodi irunthu kulirnthu’. Thiruppavai is also about Govindha Naama Sankeerthanam which reaches its peak in the concluding verses where She ponders ‘kurai ondrum illatha Govinda’. The myriad meanings of Thiruppavai are detailed in many many discourses of Sri Vaishnavaite Periyavars, especially during this month.

Here are some photos taken during the morning purappadu.

Sri Andal thiruvadigale saranam.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
12th Dec 2o13.

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