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Re: EkAdaSI: TSSundara Rajan

From: Vidyasankar Sundaresan (vidya_at_cco.caltech.edu)
Date: Wed May 28 1997 - 23:28:00 PDT

On Wed, 28 May 1997, usdeiva wrote:

> 
> >From T.S. Sundara Rajan, care Uchani Deivachilai, Memphis.
> 

[..]

> It is, of course, tirukkurunguDi one thinks of to mention
> the kaiSika E which is considered (in the 'sampradAyam')
> to be dedicated to vaDivazhakia nambi, sundara-paripoorna-
> perumAL of this divya-deSam.    The kaisika E anecdote is 
> staged here as a play before perumAL.

There is a very nice description of the play and translation of the Purana
in an article in "Religious festivals in South India and Sri Lanka"
(edited by Guy R. Welbon and Glenn E. Yocum), published by Manohar
Publications, Delhi, 1982. 

The same book also has other articles on Pancaratra texts, the utsava
cycles in the Madurai temples, Triplicane Parthasarathy temple, etc. 

In this connection, is the Rathasaptami utsavam more important than Pongal
at the Parthasarathy temple? The author of the article on this temple, Mr.
James Martin, mentions both of them in the same breath, but he seems to
have been confused by the fact that both festivals happened on the same
day in one particular year. 

S. Vidyasankar