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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Thai Ekadasi purappadu 2018 @ Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam

These vast bodies of water surrounding the continents are critical to humankind.  Our own Triplicane is on the shores of a mighty Ocean – the Bay of Bengal.  An Ocean is a continuous body of saltwater that covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Ocean currents govern the world's weather and churn a kaleidoscope of life. Humans depend on these teeming waters for comfort and survival, but global warming and overfishing threaten to leave the ocean agitated and empty.

Geographers divide the ocean into four major sections: the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic. Smaller ocean regions are called seas, gulfs, and bays, such as the Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Bay of Bengal. Stand-alone bodies of saltwater like the Caspian Sea and the Great Salt Lake are distinct from the world's oceans.  Now perhaps as an addition, an "alien" ocean has been built on Earth by researchers. The simulation of another world could help us explore more of our solar system and understand the strange worlds that lurk within it.  Scientists one day hope to be able to plunge a submarine under the surface of Titan, Saturn's biggest moon. Nasa hopes to be able to do so within the next 20 years.

For us, the Ocean of significance is ‘Thiruparkadal’ where Lord Sriman Narayana reclines on Adisesha. 

அழகன்றே ஆழியாற்கு ஆழிநீர் வண்ணம்,
அழகன்றே  அண்டம் கடத்தல், - அழகன்றே
அங்கை நீரேற்றாற்கு அலர்மேலோன் கால்கழுவ,
கங்கைநீர் கான்ற கழல்.

Sri Peyalwar whose darshan was enabled by the lights lit by Poigai alwar  and Boothathalwar –  asks : is it the deep-Ocean hue of the Lord that is beautiful; was the  water [that eventually became sacred Ganges] poured on the lotus feet of the Lord by Brahma  - when Sriman Narayana accepted the gift of land,  and in accepting stretched His foot into space – beautiful ….

~  to us it only Sri Parthasarathi’s divya thirukolam on Ekadasi day that is the  most beautiful.  All of us can enjoy that beauty through some photos taken during the veethi purappadu.

Adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
11th Feb 2018

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