Category: Adi Kesava


Sometimes in life (or even often) there seems to be a dearth of time or energy to do anything apart from the usual. There are so many day-to-day obligations. But just once adiyen decided to take some time out to do a small little task for my dear lord.

In celebration of Andal’s birthday (Thiruvadipooram falling this year on 26th July, 2017), Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple (Mylapore) has had a 10 day festival marking the same.

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Today (25th July) was Thiruther – a holy chariot procession. On the ther was seated Sri Adi Kesava Perumal and Sri Andal, to bless everyone as they took a divine ride. Adiyen had not been able to go to the temple in a long time, so immediately jumped to the occasion! The last time I had such a blessing was during the birth celebrations of my dearest Emperumanar.

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Sri Adi Kesava Perumal – Sri Andal thiruther (Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple, Mylapore) 

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Sri Adi Kesava Perumal – Sri Andal seated to bless one and all

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The adorably awesome Andal with the kind and charismatic Kesava Perumal! (Pic Courtesy: Thamizhthalaivan Adiyar Whatsapp group) 

Adiyen would usually feel extremely exhausted just within 5 minutes of stepping into the sweltering heat and high humidity. But don’t know why, when it is something for Perumal-Thaayar and devotees, any task in bad weather just feels like ultimate joy! Blessed are these hands to have pulled the chariot of Sri Andal and Her Krishna…Kesava!

If adiyen were given a choice of a typical Sri Vaishnava name, I think I would love to be called – ‘Therizhuthaan’ (the one who pulled the ther)! 🙂 If only… if only dear Perumal, I could be reborn as a person who does just that, carries your vehicles on his shoulders, it would be a privilege! Well, this is just in case adiyen has to be born again without reaching your lotus feet in this birth itself. 😦

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Thought I would mention a word about the Sri Paadam thangigal (palanquin bearers of the lord). They have both an enviable and unenviable task. The enviable part – the sheer honour of carrying the lord on various vahanams, pulling the chariots of the lord! What a blessing to be so near the lord and so often.

But there’s an unenviable part – bearing with the heavy weight of the chariots/palanquins even in uncomfortable weather, making sure the road is clear of vehicles and people in the path of the lord. This part is tricky too, with some last minute tough decisions to be taken… for example, today there were few cable wires getting in the way of the top part of the ther’s umbrella. Some wires were lifted up by the bearers, but some were simply cut and snapped! :O Fair warning to people who live near temples: make sure your cable wires are fixed at a higher level! Do not make the lord wait on the road. 🙂

Meanwhile adiyen needs to learn much more about Sri Andal. I do not know enough. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to personally witness the life of the Azhwars as it would have unravelled. In the absence of that, adiyen can only read about/listen to talks about them and experience it all with my emotions.

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasyai

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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.

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Sri Adi Kesava Temple Mylapore

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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

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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