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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sankranthi Urgola Uthsavam 2019 - Sri Andal Parthasarathi purappadu

Sankranthi Urgola Uthsavam 2019 - Sri Andal Parthasarathi purappadu

Today 15th Jan 2019  is a day of celebration ~ ‘Pongal” – the harvest festival celebrated as ‘Makara Sankranthi’ in many parts of India.  Pongal is a week long festival  ~ this in fact is the time of harvest festivals across the Country variedly called:  Pongal, Makar Sankranthi, Lohri, Bihu, Hogada .. ..   Kites are an intrinsic part of Sankrant celebrations in Harayana, Delhi, UP and some other places;  so are delicacies made of til (sesame seeds) and jaggery. People wake up early, adorn themselves in new warm clothes and offer their thanks to the Sun God. Later through the day, they fly kites while munching into delicacies like til ladoo, rewadi, gajak, peanuts.   In Tamil Nadu, it is Pongal and Chakkarai Pongal (jiggery sweetened pongal delicacy)

From Sagar islands comes the news that over 30 lakh pilgrims from across the country and neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal took holy dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday, the state government said.  Panchayat and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee said the pilgrims also offered prayers at the Kapil Muni Temple.  At a much bigger level is happening the ‘Kumbh mela’ – lakhs of  devotees took a holy dip at the Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati rivers -- this morning, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and marking the onset of the Kumbh Mela.  About 13 'akharas' are participating in the "Shahi Snan" with each being allocated about 45 minutes by the Kumbh authorities. The ceremonial bath is drawing huge crowds as devotees continue to arrive here in large numbers.

In Tamil Nadu, it is Pongal ~ derived from a Tamil word, Pongal means to boil. Rice is boiled in milk and offered to the sun first and then cows and then to the family and friends.  Now it is the month of ‘Thai’  ~ and here is sweet verses of Sri Goda piratti Andal.: -

தையொரு திங்களும் தரைவிளக்கித் தண்மண்டலமிட்டு மாசிமுன்னாள்
ஐயநுண் மணற்கொண்டு தெருவணிந்து அழகினுக் கலங்கரித்தனங்கதேவா
உய்யவுமாங்கொலோவென்று சொல்லி உன்னையும் உம்பியையும் தொழுதேன்
வெய்யதோர் தழலுமிழ் சக்கரக்கை வேங்கடவற்கென்னை விதிக்கிற்றியே.

Photo taken in 2016

The month of Margazhi was all about Thiruppavai and nonbu.  Andal’s other work is ‘Nachiyar Thirumozhi’ -  Nachiyar is Devi; consort of Sriman Narayana.  Thirumozhi is sacred saying.  Andal has presented  garland of flowers and garland of poetry to Lord.  Now in the month of Thai, Andal sweeps the place, beautifies it, bedecks the place, worships for her union with the radiant Lord of Thirumala hills. 

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rasi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. From today, it is the month of ‘Thai’ – which commences ‘Uttarayāyaa, a term derived from two different Sanskrit words "Uttara" (North) and "ayana" (movement) thus indicating a semantic of the northward movement of the Sun on the celestial sphere.  On ‘Bhogi’ ~ the day before the Pongal, it was the divine wedding of  Sri Andal with the Perumal she idolized and sang in Her prabandhams.  Andal Thirukkalyanam follows the Pavai nonbu and the 9 days of Neeratta Uthsavam.  After the grand vivaham, today it was Sankranthi Oorgola Uthsavam.

Today’s purappadu of newly wed Divya Thampathis - Sri Andal and Sri Parthasarathi grandly occurred  in a special open palanquin [one that had no roof known as kooralam].  Sri Parthasarathi, was embellished with many dazzling ornaments adorning the Crown [Sigathadai]; Sri Andal in a beautiful sitting posture sat opposite to Him in the same pallakku. 

Here are some photos of the Sankranthi Urgola Uthsava purappadu

adiyen ~ Srinivasa dhasan.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post
    Adiyen Srinivasan dasan
    Ramani Krishnaswamy, New Perungalathur