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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Sri Ranganathar Pallava Uthsavam 2022 - day 3

The holy divyadesam of  Thiruvallikkeni is replete with festivals all the time -  it was grand Prayaschitha Brahmothsavam for Sri Parthasarathi Perumal, then  Theppothsavam [float festival];  Thavana Uthsavam,  and now  Pallava Uthsavam for Sri Ranganathar.

There was no thiruveethi  purappadu for Sri Ranganathar on day 1 of Pallava uthsavam as it coincided with Sri Parthasarathi thavana  uthsavam and 18.3.2022  (day 5) would be   Panguni Uthiram Kannadi Garuda sevai purappadu for Sri Ranganathar;  followed by Sri Ranganathar Sri Vedavalli thayar thirukalyanam .  

During Pallava uthsavam, at the divine feet of Lord Ranganatha, tender foliage of mango is kept  - today Srimannathar represented Himself – Thiruvarangan with muthu kondai and sencoal.

A sceptre is a staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch as an item of royal or imperial insignia. Figuratively, it means royal or imperial authority or sovereignty… ..  to us ‘Sengol’ is of higher significance.  Sceptre has assumed a significant role in many mythologies.  It had a  central role in the Mesopotamian world, and was in most cases part of the royal insignia of sovereigns and gods.   The Mesopotamian sceptre was mostly called ĝidru in Sumerian and aṭṭum in Akkadian. The ancient Tamil work of Tirukkural dedicates one chapter each to the ethics of the sceptre.   

எத்திறத்திலும் யாரொடும் கூடும் * அச்

சித்தந் தன்னைத் தவிர்த்தனன் செங்கண்மால்*

அத்தனே அரங்கா என்றழைக்கின்றேன்*

பித்தனாயொழிந்தேன்;  எம்பிரானுக்கே ** 

புண்டரீகாக்ஷனான எம்பெருமான்  எந்த விஷயத்திலும், கண்ட பேர்களோடே, சேர்ந்து கெட்டுப்போவதற்கு நெஞ்சை நீக்கியருளினான்; (ஆதலால்);   ஸ்ரீரங்கநாதனே!  என்று அழைக்கின்றேன் ; அந்த எம்பிரானுக்கே பித்தனாய் ஒழிந்தேன். [credit ~]

A beautiful pasuram from Kulasekara Azhwar’s Perumal thirumozhi hailing Namperumal – there certainly is reason.   At  Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam today Srimannathar (Sri Ranganathar) adorned ‘Pandian Kondai’ holding Sengol (sceptre)    ~  what a darshan it is to worship Sri Ranganathar  adorning such aa beautiful kireedam.   The kireedam known as Pandian kondai  replicates the one usually worn by Lord NamPerumal rendered to him by a Pandian King known as Sundara Pandian.  .. .. and  Namperumal has  ‘sengol’  (sceptre) worthy of Emperors.  

On day 4 tomorrow it would be siriya thiruther and Pallava Uthsavam concludes  on 18.3.22 with Sri Ranganathar astride ‘kannadi Garudan’.  This Garuda Sevai purappadu will be in the evening  ~ while all other Garuda Sevai purappadus are in the morning.  From 20th, Sri Thelliyasingar brahmothsvam starts. Here are some photos taken   during the day 3  purappadu this evening.

adiyen Srinivasadhasan
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar
16th Mar 2022



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