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thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 11 - perum ninaivil thERRam arangatthilanRO !

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Nov 30 1999 - 04:33:19 PST

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam

thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 11 - perum ninaivil thERRam arangatthilanRO !

Dear bAgawathAs,

kANum AvAvil dhooram nerungiyathO
nALum vizhAvil nEram surungiyathO
sErum kanAvil bhAram irangiyathO
perum ninaivil thERRam arangatthilanRO !

meaning:
While we are  so eager to see the thiru uthsavams of Sri Arangan,
it seems the  distance between us and Sriranga kshEthram began to
reduce and the proximity become closer.  While  there are so many
number of  days  yet to come for the festivals to occur, it seems
the dimension  of  time  started  to shrink rapidly and one would
feel as if the thiru vizhA is going  to  happen now as all things
are set, ready to go. Since one is dreaming of  joining  the many
sEvArtthis to enjoy Sri Arangan in  HIS ursavam,  the  "sumai" of
having not seen such a beauty  is  now  unloaded  on  hearing all
these. In  one's  mind  the  constant chinthana keeps growing and
growing on Sri Arangam as  they  hear  more  and  more  about Sri
Arangan.

Chithrai festivals (contd..)
Viruppan thiru nAL (contd..)
	On the return of our Sri viswakshEnar to the  temple "Sri
garuda  prathistA" is  done. The picture of Sri garuda is printed
on a canvas and consecrated with appropriate mantras and kept  in
Sri Alagiya manavAlan  thiru  mantapam. The  garuda dwaja is made
readu for  hoisting on the dhwajasthambA the next day. The dhvaja
rOhanam  is  celebrated  by ceremoniously carying the dhvaja on a
plank along the chithra veethi and brought back and kept near the
dvajasthambam. Sri namperumAL is present near  the balipeedam and
dwajasthambam and prayers are offered to HIM. The aruLappAdu  for
the  flag  hoisting is given by a priest,  by saying on behalf of
Lord as, "parO".  Another  priest standing above the terrace near
the opening  of  the dwajasthambam draws up the dvaja and ties it
to the top of the staff.

On  the same evening, bhErithAtanam  or   beating   of  the  drum
festival  is celebrated in  front of Lord and his two nAcchiyArs.
Prayers  are performed to  the  Lord and as well the bhEri in the
azhagiya  manavala  mandapam. The  slokas  of  bhErithatanam  are
recited.  The purpose of this  festival is to invite the digbAlAs
for the brahmOthsavam. 3 beats  of drum  follow  each slokam. Sri
namperumAL and nAcchiyAr  are   then  taken around chitra veedhi.
Sri namperumAL leads the nAcchiyArs   back  to  garba gruham  and
then goes  alone  to  the yAga sAlai.  HE is offered with a thiru
manchanam, prayers  and  prasAdhams.  Ghee   is  offerred to  the
pancha kunda hOmam. Then Lord  performs   yAhtradhAanam and makes
yAthra sankalpam at  the mandapam near the  garbh gruham. HE then
visits kaNNAdi aRai or mirror room at the end of the  first  day.

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam
thiruk kudanthai Rengarajan


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