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Thai Masa Parappu UNjal sEvai and Koodarai vellum seer sattumurai at Srivilliputtur

From: Venkat Iyengar S. (rsvenkat_at_aero.iitkgp.ernet.in)
Date: Sun Feb 04 2001 - 09:56:58 PST

	                  SrImatyaI GodayaI Nama:


Dear Bhagavathas,

 The Unjal Sevai and koodarai vellum seer sattumurai held on the first day
of Thai masam  has a special attraction for me which i used to attend
regularly before (as our family has a part in the kainkaryam)  and  I had
the opportunity this year after a long time  

	After the Manavala Mamunigal Mangalasasanam,Sri Andal comes to the
Chintamani chettiar mandapam on the outer big prakaram for the Unjal
Sevai.Sri Andal is in the Chettichi Thirukkolam.It is close to midnight by 
the time thiruvaradhanam starts which continues for around 20 minutes.The
Unjal is a big one with exqusite woodwork on the top ,and is swung
slightly as the sevai starts with  Vedappiraan BhaTTar Swami's
samarpanam.Vedappiraan BhaTTar comes forward and
gets the parivattam and Maalai from BhaTTar and sings for around 5
minutes.Next is turn of Sadagopa Nambi.Sadagopa Nambi after getting the 
parivattam and Maalai sings the OOnjal paTTu in a melodius and a sublime
tone.This oonjal pattu has references to Sri Andal's birth and Her
Leelai's and  i was told by one Bhagavatha that some of the verses are
similar as that for Ranganayaki Thayar Srirangam.

	After this Sadagopa Nambi chants out short one line sentences
which describe the vaibhavam of Thayar and perumal.All this is over in
about 15 minutes.Next is the turn of Tiruvaranga perumal Arayer.Arayer 
Swamigal after getting Parivattam and Maalai sings a nice composition
on Thayar for around 10 minutes,follows up with Thayar and Perumal 
Vaibhavam in Short lines and ends up with Vaazhi Mangalam.

	Periya Nambigal Swami then comes forward and after the Mariyadai
calls out the Bhagavathas who have to contribute for the Unjal Utsavam
for this Varusham,starting from the Theerthakarars. Periya Nambigal Swami
reads out how much each Theerthakarar has to contribute and the
Theerthakaras come forward one by one as they are called and give their
contribution into the hands of the BhaTTar who puts it into the thambalam
After the Theethakarars all other Bhagavathas come forward and make their
contribution.Next Periya Nambi swami distributes 'Nel Kathir' to all
the devotees.Then prasadam is given,followed by theertham and saTari.This
ends the proceedings at the chintamani chettaiar mandapam.Now Thayar will
go to the garbha graham.

	After about an hour the thiruvaradhanam starts at the garbha
graham.After this the koodarai vellum seer sattumurai is held.
Afterwards prasadam is given-: sakkarapongal and akkaravadisil.
Perumal gives darsanam with Ubhaya Nachimmars.Andal ,Mannar and
Garudazhwar are on the left and all Azhwars are on the (side) extreme
left.This concludes around 2:30 am.This will be followed by Irapatthu
Utsavam.


Sendalangara dasan
Venkat S Iyengar
 




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