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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

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 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,

I was determined to return to the blog only after having completed the video of the story of Sri Kulashekara Azhwar, which has been work-in-progress for almost a year now! I am glad to have finally managed to upload it. Again, adiyen is no expert, the following is only a brief narration from details I could gather from various sources.

I dedicate this video completely to an Acharya –  Sri Varthamaana Mudiliandan Swamy –  who is currently recovering from a surgery.

Kulashekara Azhwar thiruvadigale sharanam l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

 

Dear Perumal,

Here is an Azhwar who shares Your name – Kulashekara Perumal! Here is an Azhwar who shares Your nakshatram – Punarvasu (Punar poosam) when Sri Ram was born!

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Kulashekara Azhwar

Kulashekara Perumal’s life is relevant to us in many ways. We struggle through life everyday to get ourselves the best of comforts. Here was a king who, despite having all the wealth, knowledge and skills, only wanted to be a stone step outside the sanctum of the lord Srinivasa, so that he be trampled by the devotees!

Humility, devotion and a complete immersion in love which took them closer and closer to the lord by the day… such is the typical nature of all the Azhwars. Would we ever reach these unparalleled levels of control of our minds, thoughts and actions.. and thus gain self realisation, hence realisation of the lord Himself? We can only keep trying. And keep loving.

Sri Kulashekara Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Today is the birth nakshatra (Avittam) of Sri Bhuthath Azhwar. He was one of the earliest to describe the use of the power of our emotions, interest and dedication as means to obtaining a vision of the lord.

Sri Bhuthath Azhwar - First Pasuram from Mudhal Thiruvandhadhi

Dear Azhwar, adiyen lights a lamp for you on your birthday, using love and dedicated interest in the spiritual path as the base. Thank you for the path that you have shown us through your bhakti-laden works. Adiyen shall strive to understand the depths to which one should travel in love.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l