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[sv-rituals] Re: [Oppiliappan] Re: Thirumanjanam for Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan during PradhOsham

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Wed Jun 26 2002 - 11:54:23 PDT

Dear Sri Diwakar Kannan:

Your input is most welcome. Thanks for
the information on the special aarAdhanam
at SrI Matam on pradhOsham days and
the Thirumanjanam for SwarNa Nrusimhan , 
who has an antiquated and unique history .
Those who are fortunate to be at SrI matam 
will enjoy the special AarAdhanam and Thirumanjanam
fro SwarNa Narasimhan .

Is n't this Thirumanjanam done before 
SooryAsthamanam on PradhOsham days ?

PradhOsha PurAnam
There is a minor purANam known as
PradhOsha PurANam , which is connected 
with amrutha maTanam at the milky ocean 
and Lord ShivA's ( special devotee of
Sri Lakshmi Nrusimhan , who gave us
the Manthra Raaja Padha SthOthram)part
in it by swallowing haala Haala Visham .

The AarAdhanams
Let me reflect breifly on the AarAdhanams 
that we perform at Homes and temples.
Dear Readers, Please correct any observations
that may need correction.
There are two kinds of aarAdhanams:
aathmArtham and ParArtham .

aathmArtham is the one done at Homes and 
the ParArtham is for Universal benefits 
and is done at the temples and Matams .

aathmArtha aarAdhanam certainly has clear rules 
but gives us some more freedoms based on individual's
capabilities. ParArtha AarAdhanam is an entirely
different event with very strict restrictions.

I was referring to home aarAdhanams and Thirumanjanam
for the PerumAls there, when I referred to evening
Thirumanjanams at home and most of thetemples. The special 
Thirumanjanam in the evening for SwaraNa Nrusimha Vigraham 
at SrI matam is a special one not to be seen anywhere else
among SrI ViashNavite Temples . During Nrusimha Jayanthi
days (VaikAsi Sukla Paksha Chathurdhasi), visEsha aarAdhanam is 
performed durIng PradhOsham BEFORE SOORYAASTHAMANAM (Bhakthi List
Posting of mine:aug 18,1997).

PradhOsham timings:
PradhOsham during July and August (Indian Standard Time )
are as follows:

07 July 5.57(Start of TrayOdasi)
        5.55 PM (End of TrayOdasi)

06 August 6.51 A.M (Start)to 5.26 A.M (Aug 7: end of TrayOdasi)
20 August 1.09 A.M to 1.41 A.M  ( Augut 21).

I will be happy to share the PradhOshams for ChithrabhAnu Samvathsam 
(upto April 2003) for those , who may need this information.

PradhOsham and Mouna Vratham
That Mouna Vratham has to be observed during PradhOsham .
90 minutes before and after Sunset is PradhOsham time.
At this time, the Sun and the Moon are in a horizontal 
line during their movement on their respective axis.

Sri RanganAtha Paadhukais' Mounna Vratham:

That Mouna Vratham is observed as it were by PaadhukAs 
for 14 years due to the sorrow of separation from 
its Lord is suggested by Swamy Desikan in the 849th SlOkam of
SrI RanganAtha Paadhukaa Sahasram (PrakeerNa Paddhathi). 
Swamy Dsikan equates the sorrow of not having the darsanam of 
its Lord and the silence , immobiliy of the Paadhukais
during the 14 years of separation as MahA PradhOsham time,
when one has to observe the voew of silence and be immobile  .

PradhOsham and Lord Shivan , the grandson of SrIman NaarAyaNan
PradhOshams in general and those falling on  Mondays and Saturdays 
in particular are special to worshippers of Lord ShivA, who has six
poojAs every day. The 4th pooja (the daily Saaya Rakshaa 
pooja is blended with the PradhOsha Pooja , which takes place
between 5-6.30 P.M). PradhOsha pooja is one of the most important
one for Shiva worshippers.Thirteen different saamagriyAs are used 
for that abhishEkam. Aani PradhOsha abhishEkam is very special
for the Lord of Dance, NatarAjA at Chidambharam.

Summing up, 90 minutes before Sunrise and Sunset
on the 13th phase of the Moon during Sukla
and KrishNa Pakshams are very special time period
known as PradhOsham for aasthikAs.



>During pradosha kalam, there is an elaborate aradhanam for Sri Lakshmi
>Nrusimhan.   For Swarna Nrusimha vigraham a laghu Thirumanjam is
>performed.   This is the only Thirumanjanam that is performed in the

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