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From: Rengarajan (vasanthi_at_umich.edu)
Date: Thu Dec 25 1997 - 06:23:32 PST
ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam (*) In Hindu family, "thanthai" or Father is considered the achAryAL, as he seeks the alliance (holy matrimony or eternal union) and finalises the date to get married and arranges the ceremony "ritual" and facilitates it as well by doing kaNNiga dhAnam (a type of vyAja). Hindu marriage ceremonies symobilically illustrates many of these aspects. The upadEsams or aRivuRai or "advises" the Mother would provide to the girl (jivAtmA) becomes the mantra upadEsam (dwayam) that serves as the vehicle for the rest of the life for the girl (jivAtmA) in her "pukkAm" known as Husband's house. ie., one becomes a dAsi or dAsan when surrenders to the Lord and they have no adikAram or "sakhthi" over anything (**). Everything is realised as the thiru uLLam of the purushan and henceforth the dAsi will only do everything as ordered by the purushan (Lord Sri Krishna). periazwar was coming in his pallakku (palenquin) with his daughter ANDAL and other "thaay veetu seer" (certain gifts etc., from the mother). He was travelling to SriRangam to perform this "ritual"known here as the marriage (earlier was sought through the "nOnbu" by Sri ANDAL) as the acharyaL is marriage party consisting of his suRRam or relatives and friends. They were proceeding from srivillippuththur for getting her married to Lord Sri Krishna (as Lord ARANGAN), as per the command of Lord Sri Krishana (ARANGAN) HIMSELF, who appeared in periazwar's dream and *invited* him to bring his daughter to Srirangam. When they approached the outskirts of Sriranagam, Sri ANDAL suddenly vanished. It is said that sooner periazwar rushed to Sri Krishnan's sannithi (Lord Arangan), and there he saw her in the sannithi in thiruk kalyAnak kOlam. There is a "marabu" or tradition believed to be true in Srirangam even today. If someone comes with the desire (that was earlier prompted by theLord HIMself) to surrender to the Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Arangan) in Srirangam, it is said that the Lord HIMself comes to the entrance of the city and receives them. One can say in loose words that the Lord "pick them up" at the thershold or outpost itself. The above story of sri ANDAL is just presented to underline the fact that it was perumaL Lord Sri KrishnA who initiated the thought on the nOnbu for Sri ANDAL, and it was Sriperiazwar (through perumAL's thiru aruL inhis dream) who chose the "date" and "time" for the marriage and it was Sri KrishanA who also received or picked them up and it was Sri Krishan who finally got married to HER in the form of Lord Arangan. ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam Sampath Rengarajan (*) Though Several refernces can be written for this, only some brief and core concepts are presented to help understand the fundamental and follow the flow of the article. (**) - (ie., in its pure meaning the word dAsi or dasan one has no adikAram over anything iw., when one writes he is dasan of so and so he must atleast mentally have to accept that he has no adikAram over anything).