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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Vaikundam puguvathu Mannavar vithiye ~ Swami Nammalar Thiruvadi Thozhal 2015

After Vaikunda Ekadasi, the Irapathu Uthsavam culminates with Sarrumurai – the 10thday of the Uthsavam.  The Irapathu Uthsavam is performed for Swami Nammalwar and the 10th  day is very significant for the 'Thiruvadi Thozhuthal'. This year 10th Jan 2015 marked the culmination of Irapathu Uthsavam and I had posted on the grand sarrumurai purappadu.   

There is great excitement and eagerness in the minds of all bakthas about Vaikunda Ekadasi and ‘Paramapada Vasal’……… they are part of the Adhyayana Uthsavam beginning with Pagal Pathu, Irapathu – concluding with Thiruvadi Thozhuthal and Iyarpa Sarrumurai. 

After the Sarrumurai purappadu of  Irapathu Uthsavam is the most reverred  “Thiruvadi Thozhuthal”. In the Sarrumurai purappadu, Swami Nammazhwar could be worshipped in his Thirumeni without kavacham.  After Thiruveedhi purappadu, there is the  rendition of 10th chapter (Patham Thiruvaimozhi) of Thiruvaimozhi in front of Lord Parthasarathi, Alwars, Acharyars and prominently Swami Nammalwar. [similar in most other Divyadesams too]

At the start of the penultimate pathu ‘Soozh vizhum pani mugil thooriyam muzakkina’ [Thiruvaimozhi 10-9] – Swami Nammalwar is taken in the palms of Archagas, around the asthanam of Lord Parthasarathi and then  placed on the lotus feet of Lord, then covered fully with ‘Thiruthuzhai [Thulasi]’.  This marks the entering of Mokshapuri after a great life on this earth  by Swami Nammalwar – as he himself sung ‘Vaikuntham puguvathu mannavar vithiye’

Symbolically, this represents Lord gracing Paramapadam along with His consorts, holding all divine weapons, wearing divine ornaments, served by Periya Thiruvadi (Garuda)- there is Vishvaksenar, Dwarapalakars and all Nithyasuris, who are closer to God and serve Him daily.  The opening of the Gate these ten days is symbolic of the gate to Mokshapuri and reaching the Lotus feet of Sriman Narayana  after crossing the 7 logas and cleaning the feet in the divine Vraja river.  That Swami Nammalwar reaches the divine culmination is Nammazhar Moksham or Nammalwar Thiruvadi Thozhudhal.  

Nammazhwar a typical Jeevathma, leaves the physical World, his atma takes new dress, crosses the logas, gets cleansed in Viraja nathi to attain the Lotus feet of Sriman Narayana.  The atma which is not destroyed by fire or by anything else, eventually attains the eternal bliss of serving the Lord alongside Mukthas and Nithyasooris.   This is called Vaikunta Prapti.

Then as it were to happen,  those in the  earthly World appeal to Lord to give back Nammalwar and Lord Paramapada Nathan grants Azhwar  back to us to show us the way of leading life devoted to Sriman Narayana and the process of nearing Lord and reaching Him, seeking the Moksha. 

Needless to add that the holy thiruthuzhai [thulasi] and Perumal theertham distributed to all those present are immensely valuable and would make human beings blessed in leading the life in the righteous way.

Sri Nammazhwar thiruvadigale saranam.
Azhwar Emperumanar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale Saranam

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan

this alone is taken in previous year

The photos posted here are of Nammalwar & Devathirajar of Thirukachi
All photo credits my dear friend Sri  VN Keshavabashyam]

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