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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sri Parthasarathi Vasanthothsavam 2019 - day 3

The green Manoranjitham garland was so adorable as we had darshan of Sri Parthasarathi emperuman on day 3 of Vasanthothsavm 2019.

A season is a period of the year that is distinguished by special climate conditions. The four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—follow one another regularly. Each has its own light, temperature, and weather patterns that repeat yearly.  The seasons in the Northern Hemisphere are the opposite of those in the Southern Hemisphere. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. The winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is June 20 or 21, while the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is December 21 or 22.

Seasons occur because Earth is tilted on its axis relative to the orbital plane, the invisible, flat disc where most objects in the solar system orbit the sun. Earth’s axis is an invisible line that runs through its center, from pole to pole. Earth rotates around its axis.

Miles away, Spring has sprung, and so has Ontario's fresh local asparagus. Ontario asparagus farmers are working hard harvesting this year's crop for Ontarians to enjoy at their dinner tables. "It's incredible how excited Ontario consumers get when Ontario asparagus becomes available in retail stores, on-farms and farmers' markets.  There are more than 3,500 acres of asparagus grown in Ontario. Most of the 95 Ontario asparagus farmers grow a variety called Guelph Millennium, developed at the University of Guelph to be more adaptable to colder climates, produce higher yields than other varieties and contain higher levels of rutin, a powerful antioxidant.

Now is the time for the 7 day Vasanthothsavam at Thiruvallikkeni Divyadesam and on 8th June 2019 was day 3.  ‘Vasantham ‘ is a season – a pleasant one at that.  Vasantham corresponds to Spring season.  While they have only 4 seasons in the West, we have six seasons.  Here it is Vasantha Ruthu also known as ‘Ilavenil’. Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. Farmers and gardeners plant their seeds and temperatures slowly rise. The timing of these changes varies depending upon location. Animals that spent the winter in hibernation come out of their dens, while those that travelled to warmer regions return. Many animals give birth in the spring.

There existed a bungalow known as Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow  in Venkatrangam Street abound with many trees, fragrant flowers, ponds and a big well [nadai bavi kinaru] which had steps for getting inside.  All that is gone.  Till a few years back, Sri Parthasarathi Perumal used to visit this Vasantha Uthsava Bungalow in the morning and ‘thirumanjanam’ would be performed there.  In the evening, He would return.   In the year 2004, after Samprokshanam,  when Perumal was to visit here on the 4th day, it was found that the promenade deck had been razed to the ground and a pandal erected.  On the 7th  day of the Uthsavam ~ kuthirai vahana purappadu, Sri Parthasarathi did not go inside the bungalow and sadly never after that.  Now it is only ‘ mada veedhi’ purappadu sans kulakkarai even. 

For us living in hot Chennai – there is no confusion – rain whenever it comes is most welcome - ~ and for us there is always the great darshan of Sri Parthasarathi and Vasantha Uthsavam gives it bountiful .. every evening there is grand purappadu with Sri Parthasarathi adorning different crowns .. .. and we pray Him with the divine renderings of Alwars.  On day 3 – obvious it was Moonram Thiruvanthathi of Sri Peyalwar. 

ஆழ்வார் பாடல்களிலே தமிழும், அற்புத உரையும், பக்தியும் கமழும்.  பேயாழ்வார் இடைகழியில் மற்ற இருவர் ஏற்றிய விளக்கினிலே பெருமாளை சேவித்து 'திருக்கண்டேன் பொன்மேனி கண்டேன்' என இசைத்தவர்.  அவரது வரிகள் இங்கே :  நாம் கண்ணுறும் சாதாரண விளக்குகள் எ ண்ணெய் திரி போன்றன  சேர்க்கையினால் அழுக்கேறுதலுண்டு, ஞானமாகிற விளக்கு அங்ஙனன்றியே நிர்மலமாயிருக்கும் 

உய்த்துணர்வென்னும் ஒளிகொள் விளக்கேற்றி,
வைத்தவனை நாடி வலைப்படுத்தேன், - மெத்தெனவே
நின்றானிருந்தான் கிடந்தானென்னெஞ்சத்து,
பொன்றாமை மாயன் புகுந்து,

மனத்தினாலும் அறிவினாலும் உய்ந்து உணர்ந்த விவேக உணர்ச்சி எனும் மாசற்ற தீபத்தை ஏற்றி, ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயனான எம்பெருமானை தனது இதயத்திலே வலைப்படுத்தி தனதாக்கிக்கொண்டால், அவ்வெம்பெருமான் குறை ஒன்றுமில்லாமல்  ஹ்ருதயத்திலே குடி புகுந்து, அமைதியாக, முதலில் நின்று, சற்று பிறகு,   வீற்றிருந்து அதன் பிறகு அங்கேயே  பள்ளிகொண்டருளினான் ~ என்கிறார் தமிழ் தலைவன் பேயாழ்வார்.

அடியேன் ஸ்ரீனிவாச தாசன் (ஸ்ரீனிவாசன் சம்பத்குமார்)
8th June 2019

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