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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Thu Nov 26 1998 - 07:18:34 PST
1998 Thanksgiving Day Salutaions ********************************* NamO NaarAyaNA ! NamO NaarAyaNA ! NamO NaaRAYanA ! Dear BhakthAs of Sri RanganYaki and NamperumAL : Professor VasudhA NaarAyanan in her scholarly book , " The Vernacular Veda: Revelation , Recitation and Ritual " has the 8th Chapter entitled , " Recreating Heaven on Earth " .This chapter deals at great length the Pahal Patthu and the Iraa Patthu festival leading upto NammAzhwAr's Moksham ( Thiruvaimozhi ThirunALL SaaRRumuRai day ).Srimathi RanganAyaki KaLLappirAn in her recent book "AchArya Vaibhavam " has a chapter on Sriranga Vaibhavam , whre she describes the different aspects of the Thiru adhyayana Uthsavam . I have brought back from Srirangam additional detailed information on this and other annual Festivals at Srirangam ( the Sacred Arena ) from my October 98 trip . I have also had the benefit of discussions with the Arayar of SrivillipputthUr during the visit to ANDAL ThirumALigaai . I will assemble these materials over the uthsavam period leading upto Sri Vaikunta EkAdasi and post them as a series of articles that benefit from the scholarly works that I have referred to .I will add intrepretative Texts to provide additional relevant details.A great Sri Ranganatha Bhakthar , Sri Sampath Rengarajan and a Tamil Scholar is an authority on these Pahal Patthu-Irraa Patthu festivals as a UpayakArar . He has posted beautiful arrticles earlier in Bhakthi list on the glories of Sri Ranaganthan and His ThirukkOil . A wealth of Infromation has been assembled by him there , that you would like to refer to . May I request Professor NarAyaNan , Sri Rengaraajan and other BhakthAs familiar with this glorious festival in Srirangam to join with me and add missing details and clarify particular passages of the posting as I venture forth on this Thanksgiving day to offer my salutations to the divya dampathis of Srirangam with humility and pray to Them to bless us all with dhruva smruthi of Their anantha KalyANa GuNAs that are enacted on the divine stage of Srirangam ? We also look forward to the detailed commentaries on the ThiruppAvai Paasurams during the Thiruppaavai season coinciding with the Thriu Adhyayanam festival from the pen of Sri Anbil Swamin for the benefit of our access to the NirvAhams of our AchAryAs on the individual paasurams of ANDAL in the spirit of excellence housed in his posting on the second verse passage of Thiruppavai. These can be added to the Home Page for ANDAL so lovingly put together by Sri Venakat Iyengar from his base in Kharagpur . Andal"s NaachhiyAr Thriumozhi commentaries are taking their excellent shape from the pen of Srimathi KalyANi KrishNamaachAri .All in all ,it will be a feast during this special season . ThiruAdhyana Uthsavam starts interestingly enough on " the Aazhi Mazhaik KaNNA " day (First day of Pahal Patthu,Marghazhi 4 ) and porgresses to : Sri Vaikunta EkAdasi( Dec 29): "UmkaLL PUzhakkadai" day NammAzhwAr Moksham day (JAN 8):"anRivvulaham aLanthAi" day IyaRppA SaRRumuRai day(Jan 9): "Orutthi MahanAi PiRanthu" day The inspiration to write these articles arose from my last posting on the Patthu Vaarthaikal of EmpAr to his disciple Parasara Bhattar , the expert in ThirunedumthAndaka Saasthram that he used to win over the great scholar from Melokote , who is revered in our AchArya paramparai as Namjeeyar .Pahal Patthu Uthsavam is preceded by Thirunedum ThANdakam on December 18 this year .The Thiru Adhyayana Uthsavam statrs with the recitation of ThriunedumthAndakam at the garbha graham of Sri RanganthA on Friday , Dec 18 at 7 PM and continues at Santhanu Mantapam from 7.45 to 9 PM . Araiyar Abhinayam and vyAkhyAnam ( Dance and "performative Commentaries" ) take place during these 75 minutes . ThiuppaNiyAra naivEdhyam takes place next ( 9-9.30 PM ) .Ghoshti (9.30 to 10.00Pm ) , ThiruvArAdhanam ( 10-10.30 PM ) is followed by the special alankAram from ThirukkottAram (10.30-11.00 PM ).The theertha Ghoshti follows (11.00-11.30 PM ) and then return to the AasthAnam to commence next day ( Dec 19th ) the Mudal Pahal Patthu ThirunALL uthsavam in Dhanur Lagnam at 7 AM . Every thing is big in Periya Koil . Inside the Ranga VimAnam blessed by the Para VaasudEva Vigraham , the Garbha gruham is big ( 30 feet long ) and the Lord's subhAsryam is big (21 feet long Sayana ThirukkOlam ) , area of the temple is big(156 plus acres), number of mantapams are big (108) ,SuRRuk Koils are big( 51) , Gopurams are many ( 22) , PrAkArams are big (7) , Garudan is big (35 feet high ) and the Southern goPuram built by the 44th Azhagiya Singar is tall (236 feet high ) . I conclude this first posting with the Vaazhi ThirunAmam excerpts for Periya PerumAl and Periya Piraatti : Peruhi Varum Ponni NaduppiThuinRAn VaazhiyE Periya perumAL YengaL pirAN adikaL vaazhiyE Panakayap PooviR piRantha paavai nallAL VaazhiyE Panguniyil Utthara Naall paaruthitthAL VaazhiyE MangayarkaL Tilatamena vantha selvi VaazhiyE Maalarangar MaNi Maarpai MannumavaL VaazhiyE YengaLezhi SENAI MANNARRkk ithamuraitthAL VaazhiyE Irupattanjutp poruL maal iyampuvaL VaazhiyE Senkamalc cheyyarangam Sezhikka vanthAl VaazhiyE Sri Ranga NaayakiyAr ThiruvadikaL VaazhiyE AchAryAL AzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam Oppilaippan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan Every thing is big in Periya perumAL's temple including the ThiruppaNiyAram . Our Lord , Periya PerumAL is revered here as "NithyOthsava SamAyukthar ". At Today is BhaudhAnya Kaarthikai 10th day , Sukla Paksha Sapthami day .