Archive for March, 2014


Flower garland

Dear Perumal,

Today adiyen had the rare opportunity of stringing together a bunch of loose jasmine flowers to place them on Your picture.

I am by no means an expert in stringing flowers, and almost devised my own method! But as I sat there for a while in thought, and wondered about the amount of patience this process requires, especially for large garlands… it felt as though the process was more pleasurable when the end purpose, that the flowers are going to go to the almighty, seemed meaningful.

Stringed jasmine flowers

That led me to thoughts of none other than Sri Periyazhwar and his untiring duty of day in and day out, threading the most beautiful garlands for Perumal. He took this work pretty seriously. No wonder then, that one fine day, Azhwar got the shock of his life when he noticed hair strands on the garland. Of course the fact that the hair strands belonged to his divine child Kothai is yet another matter.

Andal tries on a garland as Sri Periyazhwar watches in shock

Andal tries on a garland as her father, Sri Periyazhwar, watches in shock!

Selfless service to God and fellow human beings, indeed, brings more happiness than tiredness!

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimather Ramanujaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Adiyen, like a good number of devoted citizens, have visited temples on various occasions. Temples big and small, old and new. One day I got thinking whether I stop and view everything there is to see, especially all the sculptures on ancient temples. Once I started observing more, I realised one can spend a really long time at the temple, totally immersed in each detail. There is so much one doesn’t notice when hurrying to the temple for a quick darshan.

The last time I visited The Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple at Mylapore, Chennai, I decided to stop and look at some of the carvings on the gopuram, and was surprised I hadn’t noticed many things over so many times I had been there.

Sri Adi Kesava Temple Mylapore

Sri Adi Kesava Temple Mylapore

Sri Adi Kesava Temple Mylapore - Gopuram

Sri Adi Kesava Temple Mylapore – Gopuram

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Managed to spot Chakrathazhwar, Sri Garuda, Dwara Palakas

Lo and behold! Sri Nammazhwar sitting under the tamarind tree, with Madhura Kavi Azhwar

Lo and behold! Sri Nammazhwar sitting under the tamarind tree, with Madhura Kavi Azhwar

Sri Adi Kesava temple - Gopuram front

Sri Adi Kesava temple – Gopuram front

And then the Mudhal Azhwars! Sitting comfortably in their lotus seats.

And then the Mudhal Azhwars! Sitting comfortably in their lotus seats.

This is just a sample. There was so much more to observe inside the temple as well, but photography wasn’t allowed. Anyway how can my mere phone camera capture what our eyes can see.

Another day I tried observing everything about the Sri Parthasarathy temple at Triplicane, and Sri Adi Kesava temple at Sriperumbudur. It took so much more time than a quick family trip would permit! 🙂

But nevertheless, adiyen has discovered great pleasure in feeling the essence, the living breathing, religious as well as historical significance of ancient temples which no other experience can match!

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l