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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Masi magam - Sri Parthasarathi @ Vanga Kadal 2020

Masi magam @ Vanga Kadal - Sri Parthasarathi 2020

Today (9.3.2020) is a great day ~ Masi Magam – a day on which Sri Parthasarathi Emperuman visits bay of Bengal at Marina beach. 

Life in a divyadesam is always exciting ! ~ one easily has darshan of Emperuman as He comes out to bless his devotees.  Thiruvallikkeni has more .. .. history, education, shopping and .. .. the shores of Marina.  In our childhood, we played in the hot Sun – in our adulthood, have enjoyed sitting near the Ocean, enjoying the hissing sound and the waves trying to touch the sand and getting back – the boats and ships sailing would make a great sight

9th Mar 2020   was  a great day ~ MasiMagam – a day on which the Ocean (Bay of Bengal) becomes much happier – for Sri Parthasarathi Perumal visits bay of Bengal at Marina beach.  The vast expanse of Bay of Bengal  is the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world, forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. Roughly triangular, it is bordered mostly by India and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the east.  Number of rivers flow into it and that includes the holy Ganges, the Brahmaputra, Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna and Cauvery. 

 At 0530 in the morning  Sri Parthasarathi  adorning beautiful  ornaments had purappadu atop Garuda Vahanam and reached Bay of Bengal for theerthavari. This is an annual Uthsavam,  thousands accompany Him, have purificatory bath after Chakrathazhwar theerthavari. Sri Peyawlar has sung about Thiruvallikkeni temple in his ‘Moondram Thiruvanthati’ – describing  Thiruvallikkeni waves as being  white as milk and there are red pavazham and white pearls at the time of twilight and at that sandhya time he has the darshan of the Lord at Thiruvalllikeni

வந்துதைத்த வெண்டிரைகள் செம்பவள வெண்முத்தம்*
அந்தி விளக்கும் அணிவிளக்காம், - எந்தை*
ஒருவல்லித் தாமரையாள் ஒன்றியசீர் மார்வன்,*
திருவல்லிக்கேணி  யான் சென்று.

கடற்கரையில் வெள்ளை அலைகள்வந்து உதைக்க சிவப்பான பவளம்வெண்மையான முத்துக்கள்அந்தி நேரத்தில் அழகான மங்கள விளக்குகள்  என விளங்கும்  திருவல்லிக்கேணி!   Bay of Bengal on Pournami day would have high ebbs and it would be jumping with joy celebrating the arrival of Sri Krishna, the charioteer to Arjuna atop Garuda vahana.
                           By chance occasioned to read a book titled ‘Cyclonic storms in the Bay of Bengal’ – for the use of Sailors by John Eliot. .. ..   

The object of the little volume according to the author is to give the mariner who navigates in Bay of Bengal, an account of the dangerous storms that occur in it and explain the signs and indications by which he may recognize when he is approaching a cyclone !   it is hardly necessary to remind sailors that storms which are met with in Bay of Bengal are occasionally of excessive violence.  Formerly when little or nothing was known of the laws of storms, they caused frequent grave destruction to shipping.  Brief accounts of atleast two storms that occurred in Bay of Bengal in 1700s are described in detail in  Orme’s History of India.  On 2nd Oct 1746 [that was no Gandhi Jayanthi for obvious reasons !!]  the weather at Madras was remarkably fine and moderate all day.  About midnight a furious storm arose and continued with great violence until the noon of next day causing havoc and killing people.   
It is hardly too much to say that the knowledge of laws of storms which is due to the labours of meteorologists utilising the observations furnished by thousands if seamen, is now sufficient, if properly employed to enable sailors avoid the full strength of cyclonic storms in the open sea of the Bay of Bengal. Disasters still occasionally do happen, may be traced to neglect of the most ordinary precautions or to disregard of the accumulated experiences of the past.  During a cyclonic storm in Arabian sea and Gulf of Aden in May 1885, the Augusta German man-of- war, the Renard French man-of-war, and the SS Speke Hall foundered at sea within a few hours of each other.  If such disasters are not enough, there are strong currents too.  The cyclonic winds by friction with surface water may give rise to strong currents in the Bay of Bengal.  In the open sea, the currents over the whole storm area of fierce and hurricane winds approximately agree in direction with the winds, and are probably stronger than are generally imagined.

Though boats appear poetry in motion in high seas, it is often difficult and could have : Heaves, the linear vertical motion excess of which can swamp a boat;  Sway; Surge; Pitch; Roll and Yaw – all causing discomfort.  The book printed in 1890 however adds that – cyclonic storms very rarely occur in Bay of Bengal during the months of Jan, Feb & March.  During 15th June to 15th Sept, cyclonic storms are of frequent occurrence, but are not very extensive or violent. 

Triplicanites and other devotees who thronged Marina had great darshan of Sri Parthasarathi as also many other deities – it was a great day to be bathing in Sea – while having darshan of Sri Parthasarathi on Garuda vahanam.  Here are some photos taken at Vanga Kadal .. ..

adiyen Srinivasadhasan. (Mamandur Srinivasan Sampathkumar)

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