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thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 16 - tholai varambilA pAvak kottamumE !

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Dec 02 1999 - 18:54:41 PST

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam

thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 16 - tholai varambilA pAvak kottamumE !

Dear bAgawathAs,

inap paRavai palasol azhaikka
irAvu than vEsham kalaikka
thulA arangam kundanthai neerAdavE
tholai varambilA pAvak koottamE !

meaning:
The morning birds were calling  each  other  of  their  own flock
using their own bAsha. They were calling each other to take a dip
in the holy thulA kAuveri at Srirangam. The woman  known as night
removed  her  disguise  as  it became  a beautiful morning  on an
aippasi month. She did so  paving  way for thousands to do a holy
dip in Sri thulA kauveri and receive Sri Arangan's blessings.  If
one  can  do a  thulA kAuveri snAnam it cleanses their sin atonce
and pave the  way  for  them to do saranagathi through an AchAryA
and get moksham. Such  thulA kauveri snAnam can be done at either
Sri AmmA mandapam in  Sri rangam with  prayers  offered   to  Sri
Arangan or  at  chakkara  padittthurai  in  thiru kudanthai  with
prayers offerred to Sri ArA amuthan, consecutively for three days.
If such is done thulA kAuveri  will  cleanse  all  their heaps of
sins and pave way for their AchAryA sambandham.

PurattAsi:
Dasami:
Also known popularly as vijaya dasami day, the Lord is taken in a
procession to the northeastern corner ie towards  kAttu  azhagiya
singar  for conquest or vijaya. HE will be stationed in the outer
maNdapam where pooja  and prasahdam are offered. He then go on to
the horse vehicle and stop opposite to vanni maram.  The  hunting
scene of margayOtsava is enacted here. Cane bows and  arrows  are
of cane with brass heads are brought  ceremoniously  on  elephant
back. Priest  shoots arrow  on  behalf  of  perumAL  in different
directions. It  is  also believed  that the vaniyAsura was killed
during this day.  On return Lord and his  2 consorts  have  thiru
manchanam  in the centre of gayathiri mandapam or amudhupArai.

ThulA:
The dhOlOthsavam or the swing festival commences 8 days prior  to
ekAdasi during the thEy pirAi or dar fortnight of the  moon.  Sri
NamperumAL comes to oonjal mandapam and is seated in the swing or
oonchal. As usual HE is accompanied  by  the  2 nAcchiyArs on the
1st and the 7th days.  After  the prayers and prasAdham the swing
is rocked gently. When it is being rocked, Sri periAzhwAr and Sri
kulasEkara AzhwAr pasurams are sung. Formerly  they used to  sing
the most famous "SrirangathAr  usal"  and  "SriranganAyaki  usal"
delivered by divya kavi Sri piLLai perumAL iyengar.  On  the  7th
day  perumAL and nachiyArs  visit the "thiruk kottAram"  for  the
ceremony of dhAnyamAnam or measuring and taking stock  of  paddy.
On the 9th day thirthavAri is celebrated.  The  prayers are  then
offered  to lord as  HE is seated on the swing. The oonchal thiru
vizhA is done for thAyAr for 7 days in the oonjal mandapam in Her
own shrine.

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam
thiruk kudanthai Rengarajan

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