Category: Sri Vaishnava Festivals


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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Adiyen seeks your blessings, Sri Manavala Mamunigal…

also known as

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar!

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Sri Manavala Manunigal – Azhwar Thirunagiri (Avathara Sthalam)

Q. How many of us are going to be praised by God Himself with a verse?

A. None.

However lord Sri Ranganatha did so for His beloved devotee. He arrived as a little boy and personally chanted a sloka, impressed with Manavala Mamunigal’s discourse on Nammazhwar’s Thiruvaimozhi at Sri Rangam. The verse is as follows:

Srisailesa dhaya pathram dheebhakthyadhi gunarnavam

Yatheendra pravanam vandhe

Ramyajamataram munim

*Meaning: I offer my respects to Sri Manavalamamuni, the receptacle of Srisailesa’s (Tiruvaimozhipillai’s) grace. He is the abode of jnana, bhakti and all other good qualities, and is forever lost in meditation on Sri Ramanuja

Wish I could sing like this blessed person…

*Wikipedia

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

Jai Shri Ram !

The very utterance of the name of Sri Rama brings forth within me feelings of honour, purity, a clear conscience – almost all qualities that one would associate with a person who is more than an ideal gentleman.

Jai Sri Ram!

Jai Shri Ram!

He is the ultimate being, flawless in His capacity to follow the path of duty and righteousness, even in trying circumstances… even when He had to send His beloved wife, a Goddess, away from the kingdom.

Adiyen’s complete salutations and surrender, dear Rama, on this day marking your birth. Your story has lived on for thousands of years, and so shall Your glory for thousands more!

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

This Aippasi month, on the auspicious day of Thiruvonam(Your very own star!) was born the first of the Mudhal Azhwars – Sri Poigai Piraan. His first pasuram “Vaiyyam thagaliyaa…” heralded the beginning of Vaishnava Bhakthi movement.

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

The azhwar – an amsam of Perumal’s Panchajanyam / holy conch – was the conch itself. No call for attention was necessary as his words spoke volumes of his devotion. Adiyen is quite impressed by the andhadis of the Mudhal Thiruvandhadi where there are a series of questions, such as these:

– When was the ocean churned? For which world did you receive water? I do not know a thing about this. The ocean that a bridge was built on, and then destroyed, and where you sleep on!

– Is it not this Earth, which you created, lifted, swallowed and remade?

– They say it is true that you swallowed the Earth, the mountains, the oceans, the winds and space. Come to think of it, was your mouth as big as the Earth?

The series of questions are actually sung in praise. And also contain deep answers in spirituality, like this one:

– Without contemplating the lord’s names with love, if one were to chant evening prayers, how will it serve any purpose?

Poigai Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Sources:

Nalayira Divya Prabandham – Srirama Bharati

Mudhal Thiruvandhadi Vyakhyanam – Madhurakavi Dasan TCA Venkatesan

Dear Perumal,

Today, November 2nd – 2013, devotees following South Indian and Sri Vaishnava traditions observe Deepavali. (Deepa – meaning light/lamp, aavali – meaning row).

The 14th day of the month of Aippasi (Ashvin) is recognised as Naraka Chathurdasi, the period when Sri Krishna returns with Satyabama after killing the powerful and evil asura – Naraka. In the process Krishna also frees 16, 100 women captured by the asura.

Krishna Satyabhama NarakasuraWhat would this signify for a straw-like devotee such as me, Perumale? Apart from the fact that the entire episode is worth celebrating in great pomp, it signifies that once you let the lord enter your being (though in fact He is always present), all malevolent forces are destroyed at once!

Yes, Krishna is the effulgent light, destroying all darkness within.

The Chathurdasi day is also observed in some parts as Hanuman Jayanthi, while others mention that it was on this day that Hanuman returns to Ayodhya, bringing information on the return of lord Rama and Sita, to everyone’s joy!

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Adiyen pays respect to the beloved lord Narayana on this auspicious day.

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Dear Perumal,

Adiyen’s favourite idols this Navaratri-Golu festival was this set, Sri Krishna and Andal. I do not know whether the divine radiance is due to the work of the artist who created them and the ones who painted them, or, the very fact that it is the radiant Krishna and Andal! 🙂

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Sri Andal – Golu doll

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Sri Krishna – Golu Doll

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Naryanaya Namah l

Sri Jayanthi - Navaneetha Krishna

Sri Jayanthi – Navaneetha Krishna

Whether it was celebrated on Ashtami (28th of August) or on Rohini (29th of August), who among you – the devotees of Sri Krishna – would have not had a smile on your face just thinking about the most adorable form of the lord?! 🙂

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Today is Panguni Uthiram, the day You are together with Thayaar. And the ideal ‘man’, Sri Ram, married Sita Piratti.

Adiyen is taking the liberty to quote Mrs. Geetha Vasudevan from the MudaliandanThirumaligaiSishyas yahoogroup about the significance of Panguni Uththiram.

Sreemathey Ramanujaya Namaha

Respected Bhagavatha Bandhus,

The Aadhi Bramhotsavam is celebrated grandly in Sri Rangam starts on Panguni Rohini (Perumal Thirunakshatram) and ends on Panguni Utthiram (Thayar Thirunakshtram) it is so special because

*Periya Pirattiyar Thirunakshtram

*Perumal & Thayar Serthi Sevai

*Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam

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Periya Pirattiyaar Thirunakshatram

Thayar Perumal Serthi Sevai

Thayaar Perumal Serthi Sevai

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Sri Ram - Sita Kalyanam

*Above all considering this as appropriate occasion Swamy Ramanuja surrendered before Divya Dampathis in serthi and submitted his famous Gadyatrayam (compromising Saranagathi Gadyam, Sri Ranga Gadyam and Sri Vaikunta Gadyam) – Here we must note Saranagathi Gadyam was delivered – The Prapatthi was done for the sake of our deliverance.

Please note Panguni Utthiram’s significance is also for

*Nanjeeyar Thirunakshtram *Kambanattu Alwar is said to have inaugurated his famous Kamba Ramayanam on this day @ Mettu Azhagiya Singar Sannadhi in Sri Rangam temple

Thus Panguni Utthiram attaches special importance to both Namperumal and Swamy Ramanuja, it is also heard to mark the tireless efforts of Swami Ramanuja’s walk to Thirukoshtiyoor, even today on Panguni Utthiram day, Namperumal is given 18 argyas, 18 padyas and all aradhana kramams 18 times (kindly correct me if adiyen is wrong)

Uyya Ore Vazhi Udayavar Thiruvadi !

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

Geetha Vasudevan

 

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Important Dates:

April 3 – Ekadasi

April 5 – Panguni Uthiram

April 11 – Matsya Jayanthi

April 13 – Tamil New Year /Chithirai month begins/

April 18 – Udaiyavar (Sri Ramanujar) Utsava Aarambham

April 17 – Ekadasi

April 18/19 – Varaaha Jayanthi

APRIL 27 – Emperumaanar/ Udaiyavar/ Sri Ramanujar Thirunakshatram!

April 28 – Sri Mudaliandan Swami Thirunakshatram

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namahl

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah