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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

எங்கள் எம்மிறை எம்பிரான் Sri Azhagiya Singar Ananda vimanam 2020

எங்கள் எம்மிறை எம்பிரான் இமையோர்க்கு   நாயகன்,*
Sri Azhagiya Singar Ananda vimanam 2020

As many as 11,624,659 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. So far, 6,579,153 have recovered, and 538,124 have died, according to Worldometer.

Rising demand for wild meat, environmental destruction and unsustainable farming could lead to more pandemics such as Covid-19, a new report has warned. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute said Covid-19 was only the latest in a growing number of diseases – including Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome, West Nile fever and Rift Valley fever – whose spread from animals to humans had been intensified by human activity.

India now has the third highest Covid-19 caseload in the world after overtaking Russia on Sunday, even as new infections in the country rose to another record high of nearly 25,000 during the day. India also recorded 421 new deaths from the virus, taking the toll to over 2,300 in the five days of this month alone. Total Covid-19 cases recorded in India were 6,97,887 late on Sunday, as per data collated from state governments. During the course of the day, the count went past Russia’s current caseload of 6,81,251, as per the Worldometers website. With this, only the US and Brazil have recorded higher Covid-19 cases than India.

Maharashtra's coronavirus tally has jumped to 206,619 with 6,555 new cases being registered on Sunday. With 2,244 fresh infections, Delhi's tally of coronavirus cases has crossed 100,000-mark. Only 3 Indian States, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have crossed this 1 lakh mark.

Six months into a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads. The World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of transmission: inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person in your immediate vicinity or – less common – touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. But other experts contend that the guidance ignores growing evidence that a third pathway also plays a significant role in contagion. They say multiple studies demonstrate that particles known as aerosols – microscopic versions of standard respiratory droplets – can hang in the air for long periods and float dozens of feet, making poorly ventilated rooms, buses and other confined spaces dangerous, even when people stay 6 feet, or 1.8 metres, from one another.

A century ago, the world was under the grip of another pandemic -  the Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus. Lasting Feb 1918 to Apr 1920, it infected 500 million people–about a third of the world's population at the time–in four successive waves.    Despite the high morbidity and mortality rates that resulted from the epidemic, the Spanish flu began to fade from public awareness over the decades until the arrival of news about bird flu and other pandemics in the 1990s and 2000s. This has led some historians to label the Spanish flu a "forgotten pandemic".

So during these testing times fear still remains after remaining at home for more than 100 days.  Do stay at home, follow strictly the guidelines from Health authorities and pray to our Emperuman that covid 19 too becomes a thing of past. Hopefully next year, we should be extolling the Aani Brahmothsavam of Sri Azhagiya Singar and sooner we should have darshan at Divyadesa temples. So, which one is your favourite and where are you planning to go when this pandemic ends ?

எங்கள் எம்மிறை எம்பிரான் இமையோர்க்கு   நாயகன்,*
ஏத்து அடியவர் தங்கள் தம்மனத்துப்*  பிரியாது அருள்புரிவான்,*
                                                                                                 ~ கலியன் வாய்மொழி !

திவ்யதேசத்தில் வாழும் ஸ்ரீவைணவர்கள் 'எங்கள் ஊர் - எங்கள் எம்பெருமான் 'எங்கள் திருக்கோவில் - என உரிமையுடன் உரைப்பர்.  ஆழ்வாரும் இங்கே  'எங்கள் எம்மிறை எம்பிரான்' என்கிறார்.  ‘எங்களிறை’ என்றோ ‘எம்மிறை’ என்றோ அருளிச் செய்தால் போதுமாயிருக்க ‘எங்களெம்மிறை’ என்பது  புநருக்தி ! .. .. ‘எங்களுக்கே இறை’ என்று திடமான அவயாரணந் தோற்றச் சொல்லப்பட்டதாதலால்   இரட்டித்துச் சொல்லப்பட்டதாம்.  இவன் நமக்கு உரியவன்“ எனும்படி சேஷத்வத்திலே நிறுத்திவைப்பது மாத்திரமான ஸ்வாமித்வம் முதல் விசேஷணத்தின் பொருள்.   ஆழ்வார் நம் எம்பெருமானை “இமையோர்க்கு நாயகன்“ என்கிறார். [இந்த பாசுரம் திருக்கோட்டியூர் பாசுரம்] .. ..

21.6.2019 திரு அழகியசிங்கர் ஆனி ப்ரஹ்மோத்சவத்திலே 9ம் நாள்.  ஸ்ரீபார்த்தசாரதி எம்பெருமானுக்கு 9ம் உத்சவம் இரவு கண்ணாடி பல்லக்கு; தெள்ளியசிங்கனுக்கு அற்புதமான ஆனந்த விமானம்.  ஸ்ரீஅழகியசிங்கர் பேயாழ்வார் கோவில் தெரு வழியாக எழுந்து அருளி, திருமொழி செவி மடுத்து, விமானத்தில் எழுந்து அருளி, குளக்கரை, பெரிய மாடவீதி புறப்பாடு கண்டு அருளினார்.  புறப்பாட்டின் சில படங்கள் இங்கே.

Dravidian architecture  has been in prominence for over thousand years now.  It consists of  pyramid shaped temples which are dependent on intricate carved stone in order to create a step design consisting of many statues of deities, warriors, kings, and dancers. These type of temples are abundant in the Southern states and flourished during the various kingdoms of Pallavas, Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas, Chalukyas, Vijayanagara empire and Hoysalas.   Some are also found in parts of Srilanka, Maldives and Southeast Asia.  In this style of Temples -     the principal part is the Vimanam, the porches or Mantapams which precede the door to the garbagriha,  Gate-pyramids, Pillared halls or choultries. Besides these, a temple always contains tanks or wells for water—to be used either for sacred purposes .

At Thiruvallikkeni divaydesam, on 9th day evening of the Brahmothsavm, it is  – Kannadi Pallakku – the palanquin embedded with beautiful mirror work for Sri Parthasarathi, - for Sri Thelliya Singar, there is no ‘kannadi pallakku’ but, the imposing  – ‘Punniyakodi vimanam’ also called Sadasarsha vimanam.   The most beautiful Azhagiya Singar true to His name, has purappadu from the Western gopuram, comes through Peyalwar Kovil street, ascends the Vimanam -   there would be endition of Periya Thirumozhi with goshti occupying every possible space between the vimanam and Nammazhwar sannathi.  Then there would be   kulakkarai purappadu and periya mada veethi.   Here are some photos taken during the purappadu of 2019.

In recent times, this vahanam gets referred to as ‘Sada darsha vimanam’ in all official communiqué – in the panchangam and in the posters.  A good friend of mine who knows Sanskrit well, clarifies that is not appropriate to term it ‘sathadarsha vimanam’ .. ..  in Sanskrit,   it is saha dadarsha, which means the glorious Emperuman as seen under the vimana. In our sannidhi it is Anandha vimaanam only. Sa dadarsha vimanashca madhye bhaskara rochishaha  ~  meaning, He was seen under the vimaana blazing brilliantly like sun.  So the Vimanam is Ananda vimanam – and the radiance is of His.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar

PS: My special thanks to my friend Kuvalai Raghavan &

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