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Re: Periya Thiruvadi and Chinna Thiruvadi

From: Venkatesh K. Elayavalli (
Date: Sun Jan 14 2001 - 06:17:03 PST

> Could you please explain me why do we say GaruDAzhvar as periya 
> and Angineyar as chinna Thiruvadi?

The reason for Garuda being called Periya Thiruvadi is because heis 
the eternal vahanam for Perumal. As you know, Hanuman was Sri Rama's 
vahanam and that too only on certain occasions. Garuda, on the 
otherhand was Perumal's vahanam in all his Manifestations. 

Therefore he is refered to as "Perumai mikka sttthi" which roughly 
translates to one who is worthy of greate praise. Hence Garuda got the 
name Periya thiruvadi and Hanuman got the name Siriya thiruvadi.

Garuda worship is more prominent in southern parts of India and is 
event more so shoth of Srirangam. On the other hand hanuman worship is 
more prominent in North India (because of the popularity of 
Ramayanam), with the exception of Nepal, which celebrates a festival 
known as Garuda Naga Yuddam.

In the south the festival Naga Panchami is also celebrated as the 
avathara day of garuda.

The above is my limited understanding, and I request other learned 
members to add to or correct it.


Venkatesh Elayavilli

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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