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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thiruvallikkeni Kaisika Ekadasi Purappadu 2015

கைசிகப் பண் பாடிய ஏகாதசி கைசிக ஏகாதசி.

Ekadasi is an all important day ~ today 22nd Nov. 2015 assumes greater significance for today is Kaisika Ekadasi.  On days of Ekadasi – fasting, worshipping Sriman Narayana and listening to religious discourses are all valued.  Upavavasa could mean ‘remaining by the side of the Lord’ – and on these days, we should eat only food that is offered to Perumal, medidate, recite and think of Sriman Narayana all the time. 

I have been writing about “Kaisika Mahatmiyam” and the story of Nampaduvaan.  Of the many Ekadasis, the one occurring in the Shukla paksha of Karthigai month is very important.  Kaisika is ‘Punn’ [raga / tune] – the legend of Kaisika puranam is associated with Numpaduvan at Thirukurungudi – which I am posting in detail separately.   Sri Parasara Bhattar, son of  Sri Kurathazhwan  has written a lucid commentary to the Kaisika Mahatmyam . According to him, singing about the glory and good of Narayana at the Brahma muhurtam , especially on Kartika Ekadasi marking the Lord’s waking up, brings enormous punya.  At Thiruvarangam understand that on this day,  NumPerumal has  thirumanjanam performed in the Santhanu Mandapam and returns to the sanctum.

Today at Thiruvallikkeni – in the evening there were no rains and Sri Parthasarathi Perumal had periya mada veethi purappadu.  Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan

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