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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Thirumylai Sri Adhi Kesavar Vana bhojana uthsavam 2019

Today (21.7.2019) is  Poorattathi in the month of Aadi and  at the divyadesam, where you have purappadus throughout the year there is nothing special at Sri Parthasarathi swami thirukovil .. .. .. yet, Allikkeni is active. There is never a dull moment in Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam ~ Kaliyan singing about the divyadesam calls it ‘maada maa Mayilai Thiruvallikkeni’ [singing Mylapore and Triplicane together as the place with palatial buildings !]

Mylapore is associated with Kapaleeswarar temple that has a great history – and one that was relocated from its earlier position nearer the sea to its present place.   Gleaning the annals of British history, one gets to read about ‘Battle of Madras’ that took place in Sept 1746  - during the War of the Austrian Succession when a French force attacked and captured the city of Madras from its British garrison. French forces occupied Madras until the end of hostilities when it was exchanged for the British conquest of Louisbourg in North America as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. One of the British defenders, Robert Clive made his name by escaping from the French captors and carrying news of the city's fall to his superiors at Fort St David.

Mylapore and Thiruvallikkeni existed much before the coming of the British.  Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal Devasthanam better known as ‘ Mylai Kesava Perumal Kovil’ is near Mylai Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Chithirai kulam belongs to this Temple.  This is Chandra pushkarini (sarva theertham) popularly known as Chithirai kulam.  The presiding deity here is Sri Adhi Kesava Perumal and thayar is Mayuravalli – the place itself was historically known as ‘Mayurapuri’. The temple is quite ancient and dates back to centuries.  This perumal Sri Adhi Kesvar had purappadu to Thiruvallikkeni and now is having Vana bhojanam at Thiruvallikkeni Sri Vanamamalai Mutt.  In the evening there will be periya mada veethi purappadu after which, Perumal will have thirumbugal purappadu to Thirumylai.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.

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