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Friday, June 29, 2018

Sri Azhagiya Singar thiruther ~ Thirumbukal purappadu 2018

Sri Azhagiya Singar thiruther ~ Thirumbukal purappadu 2018

Today, 29th June 2018 is day 7 of Sri AzhagiyaSingar Aani  Brahmothsavam – the grand Thiruther [chariot]…..

Till the time of its acquisition by the British in 17th century, Triplicane was a shrotriam village along with adjacent village of Pudupakkam.  Its history remained surrounded by the iconic Sri Parthasarathi swami temple.  After Triplicane passed into the East India company’s hands in 1676 by a firman of Sultan of Golconda, the company leased it to its chief merchant Kasi Veeranna.  Triplicane figured prominently during the invasion of the Carnatic in 1740.  In Sept 1746, when the French Commander La Bourdannais attacked Madras, a body of French troops encamped on the east side of the temple.  In a rough sketch plan of Madras about 1746 the grand Pagoda of Triplicane, the temple tank and French embankments have all been marked writes Ranganadham Chetty in History of Triplicane book compiled in 1948.

In the latter half of 1749, Madras was finally handed over to the English.  Triplicane, thereafter became the residential  suburb of English merchants who built several garden houses along or near  the south bank of the Cooum, then called as Triplicane river. The modern day Triplicane (the temple) has four arches on each direction.  Sri Parthasarathi visits these arches on some occasions – He passes through the North arch at Nalla thambi St on Masi magam day; Southern arch – during Ekkattuthangal, Kodai Uthsava sarrumurai .. on thiruther (Sri Parthasarathi & Sri Narasimhar on 7th day evening of their respective Brahmothsavams) visit the arch on the Eastern side i.e., on beach road.

On the day of thiruther, Lord Thelliya Singar remains on the Thiruther  till evening during which time Bakthas can ascend and have darshan.  In the evening occurs the  usual ‘pathi ulavuthal’ and purappadu, after which ‘thotta thirumanjanam’ would take place.  This used to happen in the cool Vasantha Mantapam situate in Venkata Rangam Street – unfortunately, this is no longer there and thirumanjanam takes place in the Andal neeratta mantapam now a days.

In the evening occurs  ‘pathi ulavuthal’; immediately followed by  purappadu till the eastern entrance in Sunkuwar Street on the Marina beach road. One of the few occasions whence Perumal has purappadu outside the precincts of Mada veethi and Kulakkarai.   Here are some photos of the Thiru ther thirumbukal  purappadu

adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

Sri Azhagiya Singar Thirutherkku ezhunthu arulal 2018

Sri Azhagiya Singar  Thiruther 2018

Today 29th June 2018 – is the grand occasion of Thiruther for Sri Theliya Singar i – day 7 of Aani  Brahmothsavam.  Thiruther is most majestic and thousands descend to the divyadesam to have glimpse of Emperuman and the rolling juggernaut.

This morning Sri Azhagiya Singar had purappadu to Thiruther @ 05.00  am  - here are some photos of the purappadu through Peyalwar koil street.  In  an hour’s time, there would be the grand thiruther purappadu – all are invited to be at Triplicane and have the blessings of our Emperuman.. .. ..  thiruther vadam @ 7 am.

It is always a mystic experience ~ Perumal coming out of the sannathi – the band music and the rhythmic manner in which He is taken in purappadu .. .. and there were hundreds waiting to have this darshan. 

நம்மாழ்வாரின் அற்புத வரிகளில் :
“அடங்கெழில் சம்பத்து* அடங்கக்கண்டு* ஈசன்
அடங்கெழில் அஃதென்று* அடங்குகவுள்ளே”
Can there be more bliss than looking at and understanding the radiance and opulence of Sriman Narayana, enjoy His great qualities and merge into Him ! 

adiyen Srinivasadhasan.  @ 06.00 am 29th June 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sri Azhagiyasingar Brahmothsavam 2018 ~ Sripadham kainkaryam

Sri Azhagiyasingar Brahmothsavam 2018 ~ Sripadham thangigal

Uthsavams are celebrations ~  Brahmothsavam is celebration on a grand scale. People happily worship Lord in the streets, standing in front of the houses – have heard that in olden days, those elders so attached to the Lord would move a few distance alongwith the Lord, literally following Him. At Thiruvallikkeni, the brahmothsava purappadu takes hours and naturally, it is tiresome physically, not in mind for all involved.

தேர் (திருக்கோவில் உத்சவங்களில் திருத்தேர்) - பண்டைய காலத்தில் இருந்தே மக்களை கவர்ந்து வந்துள்ளது.  Tomorrow is thiruther for Sri Azhagiya Singar - @ 7 am, thousands would gather to have the glimpse of the thiruther rolling – juggernaut !!

When we do kainkaryam to Lord (to Him at Thiruvenkadam), we must do service by being with HIM throughout our life and do as a slave would serve his master.   “ ஒழிவில் காலமெல்லாம் உடனாய் மன்னிவழுவிலா  அடிமை செய்ய வேண்டும் நாம்,” –  Life in a divyadesam is always exhilarating – you get to mingle with so many persons whose life is entwined in service to Emperuman Sriman Narayana.  There are Battacharyars whose exceptional dedication ensures that Emperuman comes out adorning the choicest of flowers, ornaments, dress and more.  There are Veda adhyapaka goshti – hundreds of them chant Nalayira divyaprabandham in front of Emperuman on the streets and vada chanting after the perumal.   Of the many kainkaryams, Sripadham thangis are  physically associated too and can be very demanding.  At Thiruvallikkeni there are many dedicated youngsters who are extremely committed to the kainkaryam of carrying the Lord on their shoulders and do all the associated activities.  Their involvement actually commences hours before every purappadu and ends an hour or so late.

A couple of decades ago, when those coming for rendering this service were becoming thinner, this group got more organized and formed Sri Thennacharya Sri Vaishnava Sripadham Thangigal Kainkarya Sabhai ~ now a registered association too.   For the kainkaryabarars,  like Sripadhamthangigal,  involvement starts hours before the actual purappadu and ends much after Perumal’s vahanam descends at Vahana mantapam and Perumal returns to the Temple. Not all would know there is more … it is not only present, but – after the purappadu, the vahanam needs to go back to its place … and strategically, the vahanam for the next purappadu is readied – the evening purappadu would end in dead of night and the morning purappadu would start early morning and hence the work –

Here, are a couple of photos of Thennacharya Srivaishnava Sripadham Thangigal of Thiruvallikkeni, getting thiruther ready for tomorrow morning, even while the Yanai vahana purappadu was on – a few more were keeping kuthirai vahanam in place. 

For some it is yet another day ~ for the bakthas, it is great day of Sri Thelliya Singar Uthsavam and for Sripadham thangigal, it is not work ~ b u t – whatever they do is kainkaryam unto Him.  Poliga, Poliga, poliga !!! – long live Srivaishnavas and their kainkaryam

~adiyen Srinivasadhasan
28th June 2018 @ 10.50 pm.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sri Azhagiya Singar Hanumathan vahanam 2018

ஸ்ரீ இராமாயணத்திலே ஸ்ரீ ஹனுமான் அற்புத பாத்திரம்  ~ வாஹனங்களிலே நம்மை கவர்வது கருட, ஹனுமந்த வாகனங்கள்! ஆற்றல்மிகுதி, கூர்மையான அறிவு,  திண்ணமான எண்ணங்கள் – அமைதியான மனம், எடுத்துக்கொண்ட செயலை செவ்வனே செய்து முடிக்கும் தீர்மை, காரியத்தில் உறுதி, மனம் தளராமை, நம்பிக்கையின் முழுஉருவம் -  இவை அனைத்தும் அஞ்சனை மைந்தனான சிரஞ்சீவி ஹனுமான்.

The son of Vayu – Hanumar is the epitome of great virtues ~  a great character – a warrior, mightily powerful, whose body was as hard as a diamond, whose speed equalled those of fastest flying eagles, who possessed great wisdom, who could organize a group of roaming ones, who can jump hundreds of miles, yet who remained at the feet of his Master, totally committed thinking of their welfare alone – unassuming, yet capable of telling the right things at the right moment – that is PavanaPuthra Hanuman.  Sri Aanjaneyar is called 'siriya thiruvadi' - bearer of Lord Sri Rama ~ as he carried Rama on his broad shoulders during the slaying of Ravana asura.  

In every divyadesam in Brahmothsavam, Hanumantha vahanam is enrapturing.  In thondai mandalam, hanumantha vahanam will be on the night of 5th day. On 27th June 2018, in the ongoing Brahmothsavam – in the morning it was Nachiyar Thirukolam, in the evening Yoga Narasimha thirukolam and then it was grand vahana purappadu – Hanumantha vahanam.

Here are some photos of the purappadu

~adiyen Srinivasadhasan.

Sri Thelliya Singar ~ Yoga Narasimhar Thirukolam 2018

அளந்திட்ட தூணை அவன் தட்ட ஆங்கே வளர்ந்திட்டு வாளுகிர்ச்  சிங்கவுருவாய் : திருவல்லிக்கேணி தெள்ளிய சிங்கர் யோக நரசிம்மர் திருக்கோலம்

ஸ்ரீ வைஷ்ணவ திருத்தலங்களில் பத்தி உலாவுதல் மிகவும் விசேஷம்.  பிரம்மோத்சவ புறப்பாட்டின் முன்பு பெருமாளை வாகன மண்டபத்துக்கு ஸ்ரீ பாதம் தாங்கிகள் மிக அழகாக ஏளப்பண்ணுவர் .  பெருமாள் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் ஒவ்வொரு சாற்றுப்படியில் அற்ப்புதமாக சேவை சாதிப்பார்.   ஐந்தாம் நாள் ஆன இன்று மிகவும் விசேஷம் இன்று தெள்ளியசிங்கருக்கு  'யோக நரசிம்ஹர்"  சாற்றுப்படி.

திருவல்லிக்கேணி திவ்யதேசத்தில் நரசிம்ஹர் மேற்கு நோக்கி யோகாசனத்தில் பிணி தீர்க்கும் பெருமாளாக சேவை சாதிக்கிறார்.  இப்பெருமாளுக்கு தனி த்வஜஸ்தம்பம்  ~  பிரம்மோத்சவம்  உண்டு.  இன்று அழகியசிங்கர் உத்சவர் மூலவரைப் போன்று 'சங்கு சக்கரங்களுடன் யோக நரசிம்ஹர் சாற்றுப்படியில் சேவை  சாதித்தார்.

ஸ்ரீநரசிம்ம அவதாரம் பக்தர்களுக்கு உதவின ஒரு திருவவதாரம். ஸ்வாமி நம்மாழ்வார்  ப்ரஹ்லாதாழ்வானுக்கு  கூப்பிட்ட குரலுக்கு அளந்திட்ட தூணிலே நரசிங்கமாய் வந்து தோன்றினதாய் ஆழ்வார் சாதிக்கிறார்.   நம்மாழ்வார்  தமது திருவாய்மொழியிலே குறிப்பூறும் அற்புதம் இங்கே :

எங்கும் உளன் கண்ணன்’ என்ற  மகனைக் காய்ந்து*
இங்கு இல்லையால்  ’என்று இரணியன் தூண்புடைப்ப*
அங்கு  அப்பொழுதே அவன்வீயத் தோன்றிய  என்*
சிங்கப்பிரான்  பெருமை ஆராயும் சீர்மைத்தே?

         ‘கண்ணன் எல்லா இடத்திலும் இருக்கிறான்’ என்று கூறிய  பிரஹ்லாதனைத் தந்தையாகிய இரணியன், ‘நீ கூறுகிற கண்ணன் இவ்விடத்தில் இல்லாதவனேயாவன்,’ என்று தூணை அடிக்க, அத்தூணில் அப்பொழுதே அவ்விரணியன் மாயும்படியாகத் தோன்றிய என் சிங்கப்பிரானுடைய பெருமை ஆராய்தற்குரிய தன்மையதோ?’ என்கிறார்.  அவ்வளவு சிறப்பு வாய்ந்த நரசிம்மம் இங்கே சாந்த ஸ்வரூபியாய் அழகே வடிவாக - ஸ்ரீ அழகிய சிங்கனாய்  ~ இன்று யோக நாரசிம்மனாய்  .. .. .. .. 

During Brahmothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni,  before evening purappadu there will be ‘Pathi Ulavuthal’ whence Perumal beautifully decorated in various alankarams  is  taken around the path leading to the Vahana Mantap.  On 5th day of Sri Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam today, it is the very special – Yoga Narasimhar Thirukolam – Uthsavar Sri Azhagiya Singar resembling the Moolavar as ‘Yoga Narasimhar’.  Here are some photos of the great sevai. 

அடியேன் ஸ்ரீனிவாச தாசன்

27th Jun 2o18