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thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 12 - oyilAka selkinRa ARum unthan vAsam solla !

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Nov 30 1999 - 17:26:28 PST

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

thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 12 - oyilAka selkinRa ARum unthan vAsam solla !

Dear bAgawathAs,

OyAmal adikkum thenRal unthan vAsam solla
oyilAka selkinRa ARum unthan vAsam solla
sAyAmal nimirntha puNNAi piNaikkum
iyAlAl piranthu ninnai ninaikkum

meaning:
That gentle breeze which  is  constantly  and  always  blowing in
spring  season  keep  praising your  kasthuri vAsam. That kAuveri
is now flowing in a gentle stream and is also telling  constantly
about your Sriranga vAsam. That  "puNNai"  tree  which  is  never
fallen and standing erect on the banks of Sri chandra  pushkarani
has really seen several generations of AchAryAs doing kAlakshEbam
and have consolidated all their works for  us.  Essence  of  such
works are always born again and  again  through  many "kavis"  in
different words and keep us all reminded of you all the time.

chitthirai (contd..)
Viruppan thiru nAl (contd..)

>From the second day onwards perumAL will be going on a procession
around   the  chithra  veedhi. The vAhanAs keep chnaging on these
days.  On 4th day garuda vAhanam and on 8th day horse vAhanam are
deployed.  On the 9th day when rEvathi nakshatthiram ascends, the
Lord goes  in chariot on the chitthrai veethi.  On  the tenth day
the thirumanchanam is performed in the mandapam and the Lord will
again march  on   procession  around  the  chithrai veedhi.  Each
puRappAdu  is  stopped in designated places for ubayakArALs to do
mariyAdhai  and   ubhayam  or  honours and offerings are made. On
10th day after  the  procession   Lord  stays  in  1000  pillared
mandapam for a  while and proceed to  udayavar  sannithi.  During
this instant the  gOshti chant Sri  rAmAnuja  nooRRanthAthi.  Sri
rAmAnujA is brought  in "kai thala sEvai" (carried  on  the right
palm) and "iLA neer"  or milk  of  tender coconut is  offered  to
perumAL.  On HIS return from HIS most ardent shishyAL,  Lord  Sri
namperumAL stays near the dvajasthambam  where  the "padippu"  or
"thiruppani mAlai" is recited. The "thiruppani mAlai" is in tamil
and gives account of various festivals  of the temple. It is said
that  this  is  attributed  to Sri Ramanuja and that it is  often
recited  at  the  end of every festival marking a touching scene.

Though the chithrai brhamOrsavam ends on 10th day, On the evening
of 11th  day  Lord is taken in a specially decorated palanquin or
"pallakku"   procession  again  around the chitthrai veedhi.

VaikAsi:
vasantha  Ursavam:  This   ursavam  commences  8  days  prior  to
pournami or  full moon day. PerumAL and nAcchiyArs  arrive in the
vasantha mandapam in  the centre of the tank. Turmeric  paste  or
"machaL kAppu" is offered  marking  the  commencement of the most
pleasant season of all.  Prayers  and  prasAdhams   follow  this.
During  churnabishEkam  or applying  the  turmeric paste  "thirup
pallAndu" is recited.  "kOlattam"  used to be performed   at  the
southern  mandapa during this ursavam and perumAl and  nacchiyArs
will return to the garbagruham  after  this "thiru mancha  kAppu"
ceremony.  But this  practice of kOlAttam was abolished. From the
2nd day to 6th day perumAL  comes  to vasantha mandapam alone and
simpler ceremonies are performed.  On the 7th day, namperumAL and
nAcchiyArs go to the mandapam together  as similar   to 1st  day.
This is the practice almost for most of  all  the  mahA uthsavams
that perumAL and ubaya nAcchiyArs go together  on the 1st and 7th
days. On the 9th day ie on pournami  day  the  Lord  is  offerred
manchaL kAppu at HIS abode itself and HE goes around the chithira
veedhi. On HIS way back namperumAL visits vasantha mandapam   and
conclude the Sri vasantha uthsavam.   "kedAkkuli  thiru  nAL"  is
celebrated for thAyAr in HER shrine for 7 days in  a  small  tank
behind  thAyAr sannithi.

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

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