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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam – Day 8 – Kuthirai Vahanam 2014

Thiruvallikkeni Sri  Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam –

Day 8 Evening – Kuthirai Vahanam

Sunday, 13th July 2o14 was the 8th day of Sri Azhagiya Singar Swami Brahmothsavam. ..  this is very special –for the ‘aesal (oyyali)’ that occurs at Car Street [Theradi theru]  and  more so for the ‘Thirumangai Mannan Vaibhavam’.  

The Lord holds the reins of the golden horse – Azhwar  Kaliyan comes chasing on his ‘adalma’.  Neelan, (Kaliyan) – known by various other names was a local chieftain’ who used to feed thousands everyday.  He had vowed to feed thousands of persons each day and also needed money to build temples.  Thirumangai mannan’s disciples were  -Neermael nadappan, Nizhalil odhunguvan, Thaloodhuvan,  Tholavazhakkan.  Not finding enough resources he and his disciples  had to resort to robbery and Sriman Narayanan in his various Leelas chose to play with him, by getting robbed, making him realize his folly and turning him to his trusted devotee.  Kaliyan understanding the significance became Thirumangai Azhwaar and rendered Periya Thirumozhi;  in Naalayira Divyaprabandham, Thirumangai mannan has contributed  1137 hymns.   Neelan, ordained to listen  to the Ashtakshra mantra, becomes Thirumangai Azhwar.  In the photo of Azhwar on the small  horse, one can see him armed with sword and shield.  

This divine act is recalled and as stated in the ‘sthala puranam of Thiruvallikkeni’ – Perumal and those accompanying Him lose their valuables.  The entire act is read out in a sanctimonious rite called ‘pattolai’ (literally the verses in palm leaves covered with silk) – which is rendered  by Dr M.A. Venkatakrishnan Swami in his inimitable style.  After the enactment of this vaibhavam,  Kaliyan learns ‘Ashtakshara mantra’ and in the purappadu the opening of Periya Thirumozhi"வாடினேன் வாடி வருந்தினேன்" ~ is rendered.

Here are some photos of the Kuthirai vahana purappadu. The bigger horse is that of Perumal; Thirumangai mannan also comes in a horse [smaller one]; providing a great treat to the bakthas and bagavathas at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam.  It was late in the night ~ but the enthusiasm and the crowd will have to be seen to be believed.

Azhwar Emperumanaar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale saranam.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

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