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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sri Deva Perumal Brahmothsavam ~ kuthirai vahanam 2016

Today 26th May 2016; is day 8 of Sri Varadharajar Brahmothsavam  - for us, Perumal Kovil is ‘Thirukachi Devathirajar Thirukovil’ – the place where Brahma started the annual uthsavam.   At Thirukachi, lakhs of devotees assemble during this grand brahmothsvam and here are a couple of photos taken by my friend VN Kesavabashyam, during Garuda sevai  that will take you to Kanchipuram !!

The horse (Equus ferus caballus) has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years.  Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response.  Horses have significant place in history, especially battles and formation of kingdoms. 

In Ponniyin Selvan of Kalki, when Vandiya Devan is thinking of Nandini, the sounds of galloping horses disturbs his silence. Those flying horses raise a cloud of dust swirling like a mini tornado, and Vandiyadevan is able to recognize Parthiban Pallavan  astride.

The book ‘History of Vijayanagar’ mentions of inscription discovered at Talugunda, Mysore in AD 1894 containing information about Haritaputrus of Manavyagotra.  A clan Mayurasarma goes to Kanchi, where he gets into dispute about the Pallava horses; is so enraged about the insult that he learns the art of using weapon.   Then there is the Pallava emperor Parameswaravarman 1, who ruled in the latter half of 7th Century ascending the throne after Mahendravarman II.  His reign was marked by revived conflicts with Chalukyas – his horse named ‘Atisaya’s valour’ is reportedly noticed in sculptural representation.

Today it was the beautiful gold hose that carried Lord Varadharajar that attracted all of us – it was Kuthirai vahanam for Devathi Rajar and here are some photos of the purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan
26th May 2016.

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