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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Thiruvallikkeni Brahmothsavam 2021 - கைங்கர்யங்கள் செய்வோர்

பல்லாண்டு பல்லாண்டு பல்லாயிரத்தாண்டு * பலகோடி நூறாயிரம்

மல்லாண்ட திண்தோள் மணிவண்ணா! உன் சேவடி செவ்வி திருக்காப்பு **


Science is very interesting !  - When those five billion years are up, the Sun will become a red giant. That means the Sun will get bigger and cooler at the same time. When that happens, it will be different than the Sun we know today. As a red giant, our Sun will become about 2,000 times brighter than it is now!   In what is being considered a particularly rare event, scientists are projecting that the Sun will be an unusually cool customer by the year 2050. Earth is bound to become a dry, scorched rock, as our sun becomes a red giant star. What’s more, as the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies collide, our sun and Earth (and the rest of our solar system) are expected to be hurled outward, away from the galactic center, to the outskirts of a new large galaxy created in the collision. Humans have always been intrigued on whether there could be  other intelligent life forms in the universe. Scientists, perhaps, have never doubted it.

Uthsavams are celebrations ~  Brahmothsavam is celebration on a grand scale. People happily worship Lord in the streets, standing in front of the houses – have heard that in olden days, those elders so attached to the Lord would move a few distance alongwith the Lord, literally following Him. At Thiruvallikkeni, the brahmothsava purappadu takes hours and naturally, it is tiresome physically, not in mind for all involved.

Life in a divyadesam is always exhilarating – you get to mingle with so many persons whose life is entwined in service to Emperuman Sriman Narayana.  There are Battacharyars whose exceptional dedication ensures that Emperuman comes out adorning the choicest of flowers, ornaments, dress and more.  There are Veda adhyapaka goshti – hundreds of them chant Nalayira divyaprabandham in front of Emperuman on the streets and vada chanting after the perumal.  There are so many others like Mangala vadhyam, theevatti kainkaryam and more.   Of the many kainkaryams, Sripadham thangis are  physically associated too and can be very demanding.  At Thiruvallikkeni there are many dedicated youngsters who are extremely committed to the kainkaryam of carrying the Lord on their shoulders and do all the associated activities.  Their involvement actually commences hours before every purappadu and ends an hour or so late.  

எம்பெருமானின் திருவடி நீழலில் சரணம் புகுவோம், அவனுக்கு உனக்கும் கைங்கர்யங்கள் செய்வோம். ... எம்பெருமானின் அடியார்களிடத்திலே அன்பு காட்டி, அவர்களுக்கு மனம் உனக்கும் விஷயங்களை மட்டுமே செய்வோமாக !!

Here, are some photos of various people following Emperuman during His purappadu taken during Surya prabhai purappadu this morning.  For some it is yet another day ~ for the bakthas, it is  another great day of Sri Parthasarathi Perumal Special brahmothsavam -  for Sripadham thangigal and all other kainkaryabarargal, it is not work ~ b u t – whatever they do is kainkaryam unto Him.  Poliga, Poliga, poliga !!! – long live Srivaishnavas and their kainkaryam


~adiyen Srinivasadhasan
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar


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