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From: Dan Pattangi (danp_at_uic.edu)
Date: Sat Jan 09 1999 - 16:34:12 PST
The following note is from my father (Sri VP Srinivasa Varadan) visiting from India. ADYAYANA UTSAVAM AT SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE _ AURORA, Illinois -------------------------------------------------------------- The adhyayana Utsavam celebrated at Sri Venkateswara Temple, Arora between 24th December to 1st January 1999 was an unique occasion, I was blessed to attend. Though the Utsavam was conducted for eight days as against the traditional twenty one days, all the essentials of the Utsavam were meticulously observed. The Pagal Pathu with recitation of first 2000 verses of Nalayeram, the Rappathu with recitaion of Thiruvaimozi and the Alwar thiruvadi thozal and the recitation of Earppa and Ramanusa Noorranthadi on the last day were befittingly arranged. The invocation with Guruparampara Thyanam and Nysa Dasakam both in the morning and in the evening session was appropriate to be emulated. The arrangement of placing Perumal with Ubaya Nachimars and Nammalvar, Emberumanar and Swami Desikan in the Utsava Mandapam was as if in any Divya Desam at South India. The special pushpa alankaram everyday by Mrs Chitra Madhavan and the Mohini alankaram and Vaikuntanathar alankaram made by Archakas (Preist Jaganathachari) virtually captivated the devotees. The procession of Lord in the morning and in the close of the day with chanting of Veda Ghosham provided the devotees the opportunity to witness and enjoy the festival. During the Adhyayana Utsavam, the Lord hear the Nalayera Divya Prabhandams of Alwars in the company of His Consorts and all the Alwars and Acharyas. During this festival no other festival or any other activity is conducted. Thus the exclusiveness of this festival. The celebra- tion enhances the prestige of the Temple in as much as the Temple is qualified for the noted Ehis (Jeeyars) and Acharya Purushas will be inclined to partake ThirthaPrasadams. The presence of Nammalwar and Bhagvad Ramanuja in the temple is testified by the celebration of Adyayana Utsavam. The Special Kanthi or Brightness with smile (punmuruval) after witnessing the Ghoshti and hearing the lucid prabhandams was conspicously noticed in the face of the Lord by most of the Rasikas who participated in the Utsavam. Knowing the significance of the Utavam, devotees from far flung areas like Denver (SS Srinivas Varadan, SS Mohan Sagar and Mrs Madhuri Sagar) Ralli, North Carolina (Sri Ramesh Sarangapani) California, SF (Sri Mani Varadarajan), Detriot (Sri Sampath Rangarajan and Family) Milwaukee (Sri Sriram and Mrs Manju Sriram) Sri VenuGopal swami and sri Govindarajan Swami attended the utsavam and participated in the Ghoshti. Having come from New Delhi, I did not expect that the adyayana Utsavam will take place with the attendance of such devoted Adhikaris in large number. The recitation of pasurams was of very high order which one can notice at special DivyaDesams in South India. My earnest wish and prayer to Lord Sri Venkateshwara is to bless such festivals to be a regular feature with more and more participation. Special thanks to SS Raghavan, Krishanmachari, Ranganathan and others in Chicago who have taken the initiative and interest in organizing the utsavam. Thanks to the Ladies who organized the prasadams to Lord and also to all Bhagavatas on all days. VP Srinivasa Varadan. Native of Kancheepuram.