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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thirumayilai Madhava Perumal Garuda Sevai 2017

It is a place that predates British rule by several centuries; it was occupied by the Portuguese in 1523, which  lasted until 1749, later falling  into the hands of the British East India Company.   It is “Mylapore” [Thiru Mayilai],  a cultural hub; one of the oldest residential parts of the city, also known as VEdapuri and Mayurapuri. 

One would be surprised to find so many temples in small lanes and bylanes of Thirumayilapuri.  As one crosses, the Hamilton Bridge, is the famous  ‘Sri Mylai Madhava Perumal Thirukovil’   and behind this is ‘ Mundagakanni Amman temple’.  At Madhava Perumal temple, the Presiding deity is in a sitting posture hailed as Sri Madhavar and His consort is Amirthavalli.  The Uthsavar idol is extremely beautiful.  

The annual brahmothsavam at Mylai Madhava Perumal Temple is on and today [22nd Apr 2017 ] being the 3rd day it was Garuda Sevai. ……  one could imagine smaller cars struggling in the bylanes here….the  purappadu  grandly wound its way in the streets.  Sri Peyalwar was on Hamsa vahanam having ‘ethir sevai’ of Garuda vahanam.  In an unique display, there was a small Garuda contraption hanging by thread, moving, moving, moving and then closer to the vahanam, pouring flower petals on the vahanam at on the Lord.

Here are some photos taken this morning at Thirumayilai.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan 

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