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Re: Tiruppavai and Thailand

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Fri Sep 29 2000 - 09:20:13 PDT

R Shashidhar writes:
> Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati adverts to 
> it in a different context as quoted in "Hindu Dharma" :
[...]
> The Thais now
> must be likewise ignorant about the Pavis but, 
> all the same, they hold in the month of Dhanus
> every year a celebration called "Triyampavai - Trippavai. " 

Dear Shashidhar,

Thanks for your note. I also have heard Sri Chandrasekharendra
Saraswati's discourse which mentions this. But I have not been able
to find any evidence verifying the joint recitation of Tiruvempavai 
and Tiruppavai in Thailand. Judging from the info I have found, 
the Thais appear to be only aware of Tiruppavai and selections from
Nacciyar Tirumozhi, thanks to Vaishnava migrants from Tamil Nadu.

Joint recitation of Tiruvempavai - Tiruppavai appears to be a phenomenon 
of this century, without any basis in the Saiva or Vaishnava traditions,
or in Tamil culture.

Mani

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