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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Mon Nov 04 1996 - 10:51:23 PST
From: email@example.com To: Mani Varadarajan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 1 Nov 1996 12:06:22 IST+530 Subject: Oct 30th Unjal Sevai Priority: normal Tonight Unjal sevai started for 9 days at a mandapa just inside the Aryabattal Gate. At 6pm the Lord accompanied by Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are take on a silver palaquin from the Sanctum to this mandapa. As the palaquin mounted the staircase to the high mandapa it stalled several times and it took several attempts by the bearers to climb the last few steps. After the Lord and Ubhaya Nachiyars were transfered to the Unjal (swing) pujas and naivedya are offered. Two priests stand in front waving chamaris and behind there is another waving a large hand fan. The Arias wearing Kulas come before the Lord and sing Prabhandas. The swinging, fanning and pujas goes on uptil 8:30 pm when tirtha, setari etc are distributed. After this the Lord and his consorts again remount their silver palaquin for the return journey to the inner sanctum. After this festival there is another Unjal festival for 5 days at the Thayar sannidhi.