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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sri Andal Neeratta Uthsavam ~ : ஒருத்தி மகனாய்ப் பிறந்து ஓர் இரவில்*

Of the incarnations of Sriman Narayana,  His descent in human form as Krishna has been glorified as the most accessible and endearing.  Among the Azhwargal, Sri Goda devi [Kothai Piratti @ Andal] is unique and her immortal hymns of Thiruppavai and Nachiyar Thirumozhi, do stand out.  Thiruppavai is on ceremonial austerity [Pavai nonbu] and her singleminded devotion in service to the Lord  is explicitly abundant.  

During the month of Margazhi, Thiruppavai is recited and to each day is attributed one pasuram.  At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam today [9th Jan 2016] is day 4 of Andal Neeratta Uthsavam.  Here is pasuram 25 of Thiruppavai :

ஒருத்தி மகனாய்ப் பிறந்துஓர் இரவில்* ஒருத்தி மகனாய் ஒளித்து வளரத்*
தரிக்கிலான் ஆகித்தான் தீங்கு நினைந்த* கருத்தைப் பிழைப்பித்துக் கஞ்சன் வயிற்றில்*
நெருப்பென்ன நின்ற நெடுமாலே உன்னை*  அருத்தித்து வந்தோம் பறைதருதியாகில்*
திருத்தக்க செல்வமும் சேவகமும் யாம்பாடி* வருத்தமும் தீர்ந்து மகிழ்ந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.

Sri Andal praises the Lord who was born in anonymity as Devaki’s child and overnight moved out of incarceration to grow incognito as Yasodha’s child at Gokulam.  As He grew, he foiled the intent of depot Kamsa.  Andal with her group  pays obeisance  and beseeches upon that Lord to grant measureless wealth and blessed service to Him – the only thing which is capable to ending sorrow and providing eternal rejoice. 

Let us all pray to Goda Devi whose hymns offer us the right guidance and intent to look to the lotus feet of Lord.  Here are some photos taken during today’s morning purappadu.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

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