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Chanting of Prabhandams

From: T.V.Venkatesh (
Date: Tue Dec 08 1998 - 03:59:27 PST

                            SrimathE NArAyaNAya namaha

With regards to the ongoing discussions on  the chanting of the divya 
prabhandams during the anadhyayana kAlam, I would like to add my two 
cents worth.

Whatever I am writing is with respect to the tradition being 
followed in ThiruvallikkENi. This is more or less the same in 
Thiruatthigiri also.

On the day of ThirukkArthi after the PurappAdu and ThailakkAppu, the 
person who says the kaTTiyam will read the paTTOlai from PerumAL to 
NammAzhwAR. The brief content of the paTTOlai is " I and my two 
NAcchiyArs will be seated in the simmAsanam during the pagal patthu 
and rAppathu utsavam days and will listen to all the prabhandams. 
Till then, no one should recite or even think (vAiyinAl OdhAmalum, 
manatthinAl ninaikkAmalum..) about them". This is perumAL's niyamanam 
to NammAzhwAr. 

Then starting the next day, until pagal patthu starts, none of the 
prabhandams will be recited. During the nityapadis only UpadEsa 
ratnamAlai is recited. Also ThiruvAimozhi nooRRandhAdhi is recited on 
the ThiruvAdhirai and Moolam days.

Even ThiruppallANDu and ThiruppaLLiyezhuchi are not to be recited. 
Exemption is only during the Dhanur mAsam days. However during the 
SAtrumurai, the four + 8 verses of ThiruppallANDu are not recited. 
ThiruppAvai is recited once again only during the Dhanur mAsam.

After the IyarppA SAtrumurai is over, the next day, 
ThiruppallANDu thodakkam will be done and then the regular recitation 
of all the prabhandams will continue in the Temple. However, to 
recite the same in our houses we are to wait till Thai mAsam Hasta 
Natchathiram ( which our KooratthAzhwAr's SAtrumurai). 

This is the brief note about the Chanting of Prabhandams during the 
anadyayana days which is being followed in ThiruvallikkENi.

If I had made some mistakes or missed out some info which others have 
not written, please correct me. I request Shri Viji Triplicane and 
Shri K.M Narayanan also to give their inputs on this if different in 
any way.

adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh
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