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Srirangam Vaikuntha Ekadasi

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Mon Dec 30 1996 - 12:24:28 PST

From: keshava@srirangam.rect.ernet.in
To: Mani Varadarajan <yali!best.com!mani@rect.ernet.in>
Date:          Sun, 22 Dec 1996 18:07:29 IST+530
Subject:       Re: srirangam

Happy Vaikuntha Ekadasi to all of you from Sri Rangam. We spent the 
whole night of dasami in the temple. I got some very good video of 
Nam Perumal in Mohini Alankaram giving honors to the Azhvars. Then we 
went at midnight to the santana mandapa and sat with some friends 
until 3.30 am and got first darsan of Nam Perumal in Rathnangi 
Alankaram. After that we went straight in to the sanctum and saw the 
Muthangi Alankaram on Lord Ranganatha (Moolar). After this we were 
suposed to go with the procession through the Paramapada Vasal at 
4.30 am but they have constructed all metal fences and gates to 
control the crowd so due to some mixup the police could only find the 
key for that gate by 5.30 am. This was a bit of a let down as on 
other years we have been able to go along with Nam Perumal or just 
after Him through the gate. Anyway the crowd was less because there 
had been torential rain here for the last two weeks. Now the weather 
is fine. And we are daily going to the Thirumamani Mandapa (thousand 
pillared mandapa) for the Ariayar Seva.

Keshava das
Bhakti devi