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Sunday, May 1, 2016

கண்ணாடி பல்லக்கு ~ Kannadi pallakku at Thiruvallikkeni 2016

On the  Ninth day evening as Sri Parthasarathi stepped out from vahana mantap,  so many vied to capture the image on screens of varied cameras and mobile phones ….. .. .. ..

Corning, the maker of all things tough and shiny, has come up with a new take on its signature hardened glass line, called Vibrant Gorilla Glass. Why vibrant? Well, it turns out you can print photo-quality images on one of the toughest transparent concoctions in the world now.  Idea of having image  on, say, the rear of your smartphone,  lends a fusion of glass and metal.  As per Corning, the prints can include "gradient colors and logos, photo-quality images and multi-color decorations," all in high-res and with decreased processing times.  One cannot but question - If gorilla glass is used on a touchscreen, doesn't it have to be transparent and wouldn't printing an image on it negate the whole purpose of using glass?  ~ may be yes at the back of the phone … but, … glasses are attractive !

In optics, a prism is a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light. At least two of the flat surfaces must have an angle between them.  A dispersive prism can be used to break light up into its constituent spectral colors (the colors of the rainbow).  In my childhood, used to wonder such prisms hanging on the palanquin ~ the kannadi pallakku.   

இன்று  30th Apr 2016 ஒன்பதாம் நாள் - இரவு ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாள் கண்ணாடி பல்லக்கில் எழுந்து அருளினார். "மின் இலங்கு திருஉருவும்  பெரியதோளும், கைத்தலமும், அழகான திருக்கண்களும்' உடைய எங்கள் பெருமாளுக்கு எதை சேர்வித்து மேலும் மிளிரச் செய்வது !  முத்துப் போன்றவனும்  ஒளி பொருந்திய மரகதப்பச்சை போன்றவனும் ஆன எம் முகில் வண்ணனை பல வாகனங்களில் சேவித்த நமக்கு இன்று 'பெருமாள் கண்ணாடி பல்லக்கில் சேவை சாதித்து அருளினார்.

On the  Ninth day evening of the brahmothsavam  of Sri Parthasarathi Swami Brahmothsavam, at Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam  it was  – ‘Kannadi Pallakku’  – the palanquin embedded with beautiful mirror work.   There was a big, captivating, eye-capturing palanquin made of glass – rather with glasses fitted all over and with chandelier like things suspended on its arms; remember it used to have many prisms.  Slowly it faded into oblivion as it was not maintained properly and glass pieces started falling off as it was not maintained in the proper manner. 

For a few years, when there was no ‘Kannadi Pallakku’, Sri Parthasarathi had purappadu on ‘punniyakodi vimana chapparam’.  Then a newly made one [dedicated by NC Sridhar]  – looking different than the earlier one was submitted.  Now there is purappadu in the ‘kannadi pallakku’ – {literally the palanquin made of glass.}  Here are some photos of the purappadu. 

 அடியேன் ஸ்ரீனிவாசதாசன் 

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