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thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 17 - etthisaiyum Etthum initharangitthiLE !

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Dec 03 1999 - 04:50:17 PST

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

thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 17 - etthisaiyum Etthum
                                  initharangitthiLE !

Dear bAgawathAs,

malargaL koottAm manthiram muzhanga
nathigaL koodumidam nAthagAnam pAda
putthAdai aNiyum puthtu thirunAL
etthisaiyum Etthum initharangatthilE !

meaning:
On the holy day of deepavali heaps of flowers start to  chant the
holy  manthirams  of Sri Arangan and were doing thier own aruLapp
Adu. The rivers kAuveri and koLLidam joined  together  in  gOshti
and were singing the nAdha gAnam  in  praise of the Lord and were
receiving their own new clothing. During this time the  spate  in
thes rivers look like  a  new "veLLAdai" due  to  the  torrential
downpour (aruL veLLam of perumAL). Everyone of the family members
receive the new clothes from the eldest of  the  family  and wear
them in joy. All around the whole universe and  in   all possible
directions,  everyone  almost do the same celebrating the conquer
of Sri nArakAsura by SriKrishna,  or  Sri Arangan. The capital of
all  these  celebrations  takes place  in the happiest way in Sri
Arangam at abode of Sri Krishna HIMself, and the   whole  city of
Sri Arangam is joyous on this occassion. (ie inithu arangatthilE).
That bonfire from Sri rangam will warm up all the directions.

The dipAvali:
On the holy DipAvali day our Lord Sri  namperumAL  comes  to  the
santhana mandapam and  will   stay   on  a  pedestal.  Holy thiru
manchanam is  performed and Prayers  are offerred to HIM. All the
AzhWars and some AhcAryAs (15) come to kiLi mandapam that is east
of the sandana mandapam.  This  is  a  very  moving  and touching
ceremony as to how we all celebrate deepAvali in our  own  houses
in the presence of elders. We receive the "puthu  thuni"  or  new
dresses from the eldest of the  family after prostrating to them.
For all the AZwArs ans AchAryAs thiru manchanam is performed as &
the prasAdhams and sweets are offerred. 2 bags of  cloth and each
containing  Rs  500  (Olden  days  this  was  the   amount)   are
dwajasthambam with  a  delightful  music  and are placed near the
holy feet of Lord.

    When our Lord Sri namperumAL  rises  onto  shoulders  of  the
bearers "AruLappAdu" is given. "AruLappAdu" is the divine call or
Order from the Lord. Each and every  AzhwArs  and  AchAryAs  come
one by one as each one's name is called and in the order they are
called. They come near the lord and a new vastrA  is  adorned  to
them. The sadari is waved in  honour  and  a little bit of sandal
paste is placed on their anjalihastham. After  this  perumAL goes
back to HIS abode and as well the AzhwArs and AchAryAs. The names
that are called are 1. Sri NammAzhwAr 2. Sri thirumangai  AzhwAr,
3. Sri udayavar 4. Sri PeriAzhwAr  5.  Sri  madura  kavi  6.  Sri
Poigai AzhwAr 7. Sri Bootha AzhwAr 8. Sri pEy AzhwAr. 9. Sri kula
sEkara AzhwAr. 10. Sri Thirup pAn AzhwAr 11. Sri thondar adi podi
AzhwAr 12. Sri Thiru mazhisai AzhwAr. 13. Sri Thiruk kacchi nambi
14. Sri kooratthAzhwAr 15. Sri Pillai lOkAchAryAL.

All through out this month of thula the thiru manchana theerttham
is brought from kauveri in  a  "gold  vessel" on top of elephant.
Same way through out this month all the vessels used in pooja are
also of gold instead of silver.

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

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