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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Masi Dwadasi - Srimannathar Sri Vedavalli Thayar thirukkalyanam 2022

The Udupi district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in areas around all high schools in the district from Monday till Feb 19, 2022.  The Karnataka government on Saturday extended the holidays for all pre-university colleges till February 15 as a preventive step to maintain peace in view of the raging hijab controversy. The Karnataka High Court is scheduled to hear the case tomorrow. In an interim order, the court had restrained students from wearing any religious attire in classrooms of colleges where such attire is prohibited, until a final order is given in the case. 

Bringing religion in to politics and attempts to derail Hindu community is not exactly new.  Way back in 1923, a movie was produced by Thomas Gavan Duffy – showing India and its culture in negative light – it was Catholic propaganda against what they considered as Pagan culture - written by the Irish lay-priest Thomas Gavan Duffy together with Bruce Gordon as a fund raiser for the Paris Foreign Mission Society in Pondicherry.  The plot tells of a reprobate called Ram who is converted to Catholicism by the exemplary conduct of the local priest  during an epidemic.  Much of conversions happened using miseries of people especially during pandemics ! 

No post on the movie but some remote connection to this great day – ‘Masi Dwadasi’ at Thiruvallikkeni – the day of Thirukkalyanam of Srimannathar and Sri Vedavalli thayar. 

Since the start of this century, two disease outbreaks have been caused by new coronaviruses that made the leap from animal hosts to people, mutating in the process to latch onto human cells.  Covid-19  is the third. Medical science is fighting back with the tools it has and building new defences.   Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the WHO had called the 21st century “a long history of scourges”, pointing to the re-emergence of the plague, which killed 200 people in Madagascar in 2017, and the outbreak of new viral diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars). 

The daily Coronavirus tally fell below the 3,000-mark in Tamil Nadu on Saturday with the State recording 2,812 fresh positive cases. Chennai and Coimbatore, among the 38 districts, accounted for the maximum of 546 and 523 new infections respectively. Meanwhile, further relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced that classes will resume for students of playschools and nursery (both for upper and lower kindergarten) after a gap of two years. The state government also did away with restrictions in virtually all sectors, with hotels, restaurants, bakeries, cinemas, theatres, shops, showrooms, jewellery stores, clubs, gyms, indoor stadiums hosting sports events, beauty parlours, salons and amusement parks being given the nod to function with 100% capacity. 

Society limping back to normalcy is a good sign and WE pray that Covid 19 corona and other diseases are wiped out of society and people live happily ever. We fall the merciful feet of Lord Ranganatha. Today is a special day – Masi Shukla paksha dwadasi – the divine celestial marriage of Lord Ranganathar and Sri Vedavalli thayar.   

இம்மைக்கு  ஏழேழ் பிறவிக்கும்  பற்றாவான் *

நம்மையுடையவன்  நாராயணன் நம்பி*

செம்மையுடைய திருக்கையால் தாள்பற்றி*

அம்மி மிதிக்கக் கனாக்கண்டேன்  தோழீ நான்*


In Nachiyar Thiromozhi, Andal elaborates Her dream marriage with the Paramapurusha, describing the rituals associated with the marriages.  She speaks of that Great Sriman Narayana, the One who owns us all, the One complete with all Kalyana Gunams; the One to whom we all should get attached not in this life but in all our births; Andal dreams of Her Divine Marriage with the Lord. ~ and that comes true on Panguni Uthiram day. 

Here are some photos taken during Sri Ranganathar periya mada veethi purappadu  today.   .  இன்று மாசி மத சுக்ல பக்ஷ  துவாதசி  - இன்றைய நாளில் ஸ்ரீவேதவல்லி தாயார் ஸ்ரீமந்நாதர் திருக்கல்யாணம்.   திருவல்லிக்கேணியில் ' இன்றைய புறப்பாட்டின்'  - சில படங்கள் இங்கே. 

~adiyen Srinivasa dhasan (Mamandur Veeravalli  Srinivasan Sampathkumar) 

PS :  In earlier days, puranic and religious stories were being filmed.  Andal Thirukkalyanam was a Tamil film released in  1937 by Saradha Films, directed by R Prakash.  

Raghupati Surya Prakash Rao (R.S. Prakash), son of the renowned travelling cinema exhibitor and builder of the first permanent cinema hall in Madras, Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu, was sent by his father to London to learn filmmaking. Travelling thence to Germany he got an opportunity to view the early cinemas, returned with  a 35 mm camera and set up ,   the Star of the East studio in Madras. His first picture was  mythological 'Bhishma Pratighna' (1921), produced by his father. The overtly Catholic propaganda film 'The Catechist of Kil-Arni' (1923) is also believed to have been directed by him in collaboration with an Irish priest Thomas Gavin Duffy, for a missionary organization in Pondicherry.  He did many films including -  ‘Gajendra Moksham’, ‘Bhakta Nandan’, ‘Samudra Madanam’   ‘Dashavatar’,   ‘Draupadi Vastrapaharanam’ – and in 1937 -  ‘Andal Thirukalyanam’  

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