Category: Andal


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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In the auspicious month of Margazhi, a month blessed by Sri Andal, adiyen is happy to present a new video about Andal’s father… Sri Periyazhwar… the Azhwar who composed the ever-famous, the one and only, Thiruppallandu! The incessant flow of care, affection, motherly love for Perumal expressed by Periyazhwar opens ones eyes to true devotion, of a type that is unconditional. Often we forget to stop asking Perumal for boons to be granted. We even forget about showing him any kind of affection! And Sri Periyazhwar’s pasurams show us the way.

The story of Sri Periyazhwar was long overdue, simply because of lack of time as adiyen got tied up in responsibilities of this samsaara!

Adiyen prefers to create ad-free videos as this is not being done for any monetary purposes. It took a while to choose copyright-free music, but somehow managed to put it together. Due credit to all the artists has been given, mentioned in the video description.

One slide I wasn’t able to include in the video is the following, about a temple in the hometown of Sri Selva Nambi – a scholar mentioned in the Thiruppallandu pasuram ‘Alvazhakkonnum illaa anikottiyar kon, abhimaana thungan Selvanaip pola…’.

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This Varadaraja Perumal temple at Perunkarunai was lying in ruins until recent times. I’m sure it is still in need of funds, so any contribution should be welcome.

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimather Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumal!

How are You? Been long since I had a conversation with You, well at least on the cyber waves!

People in this Bhuloka are excited by simple events. They seek happiness out of simple things, by making them big. Like wedding anniversaries for example. Hello! They say over the phone… congrats on this special day! So what did you do? Out for dinner, movie…anything else? And this goes on for decades of anniversaries. :))

How about the day being spent in thanking God for being blessed with a loving spouse, perhaps a visit to the temple… or just few moments thinking about God who has blessed us with a loving family?

Anyway this post is not about any human anniversary! 🙂

Happy wedding anniversary, dear Andal! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Your relationship with Perumal, dear mother Andal, cannot be compared to that of any human. I mean, truly out of the world. Truly heartfelt, completely involved, selfless.

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Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Who was Nappinnai?

Dear Perumal,

Today is the day when the wonderful 18th pasuram of Sri Andal was chanted in the auspicious month of Margazhi. In this pasuram, Goda Devi (Andal) introduces us to Krishna’s wife, Nappinnai. Adiyen has often pondered about the life history of this queen. All that I do know through various upanyasams is that she was the daughter of Yashoda’s brother (Kumbha). Krishna majestically tamed 7 bulls to marry her. And of course, Nappinnai is also known as a Goddess and avatar of Neela Devi. Nappinnai is supposed be depicted holding a ball on one hand (pandar virali) while the other hand rests on Krishna’s shoulders, symbolic of the victory by (her) love over the lord of the universe.

Adiyen was keen to have further information on our ‘pandar virali’ :). On further reading up through various online sources, I have come to understood that Nappinnai was one of the Ashtabharyas (8 principal wives) of lord Krishna – more popularly known in Sanskrit Puranas as Nagnajiti, the daughter of the king of Kosala, Nagnajit. According to some commentaries, she was known by the name Satya at birth. She is also supposed to have had many children with Krishna.

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Krishna weds Nappinnai

However, these versions do not mention whether king Nagnajit is the same as Yashoda’s brother, Kumbha. This might require some clarification!

What we can conclude is that Nappinnai is the Southern/Dravidian name given to the princess Nagnajiti.

Request apologies for any error in my post, I am not any expert by any standards!

Nila Devi thiruvadigale sharanam l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Salutations to Goda Devi 2011

Dear Perumale,

Today, Thiruvaadipooram,  is the day the avathara of Andal descended on this Bhuloka several years back. Andal amma, the mother Goddess… the little girl who is the divine mother of all. What more can be said!

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Goda Devi - The beautiful damsel

Kodhai - Vazhiye, vazhiye, vazhiye!

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l