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From: Vijayanand R (Vijayanand_R_at_ril.com)
Date: Fri Apr 02 1999 - 00:38:22 PST
Sri: Ellarkum Namaskarams, This is with reference to the excellent writing by Sri.Madhavakannan on "Thiruvara~ngatthu amudhanaar Thirunakshathram". Sri.Madhavakannan wrote: "....It is told that once during a sapthaavaraNam procession in the streets of Srirangam, Azhagiya maNavaaLan (namperumAL) Sri RanganAthar had asked the vAdhya gOsham (the Nadaswaran and Davil) to stop playing and listened with great enjoyment the 108 pAsuram recitation of Ramanusa nooRRandhaadhi. (I don't know if it is still continued )" Yes,the practice is continued even today.During Sapthaavaranam,vAdya gosham is made only in the street corners, to alert the people in homes.(in the four such corners of the prakaram). One has to be very careful on this particular occasion ,otherwise there is a very good chance of missing Perumal Sevai !!(due to the silence maintained ) And ,this year during Panguni Thirunal(thats going on now) that Sapthaavaranam would have got over yesterday late evening in Srirangam! (pl. correct me if adiyen is wrong with the timings) Sri Renganayaki samedha Sri Renganathan Thiruvadigale saranam. adiyen, Vijayanand Rajagopalan.