Thursday 5th July 2012 was the 8th day of Sri Azhagiya Singar Brahmothsavam. .. this is very special – not only for the ‘aesal (oyyali)’ that occurs at Car Street but more so for the ‘Thirumangai Mannan Vaibhavam’.
The Lord holds the reins of the golden horse – Azhwar Kaliyan comes chasing on his ‘adalma’. Neelan, kaliyan – known by various other names was a local chieftain’ who used to feed thousands everyday. He had vowed to feed thousands of persons each day and also needed money to build temples. Thirumangai mannan’s disciples were -Neermel nadappan, Nizhalil odhunguvan,Thaloodhuvan, Tholavazhakkan. Not finding enough resources he and his disciples had to resort to robbery and Sriman Narayanan in his various Leelas chose to play with him, by getting robbed, making him realize his folly and turning him to his trusted devotee. Kaliyan understanding the significance became Thirumangai Azhwaar and rendered Periya Thirumozhi; in Naalayira Divyaprabandham, Thirumangai mannan has contributed 1137 hymns. Neelan, ordained to listen to the Ashtakshra mantra, becomes Thirumangai Azhwar. In the photo of Azhwar on the small horse, one can see him armed with sword and shield.
This divine act is recalled and as stated in the ‘sthala puranam of Thiruvallikkeni’ – Perumal and those accompanying Him lose their valuables. The entire act is read out in a sanctimonious rite called ‘pattolai’ (literally the verses in palm leaves covered with silk) – which is rendered usually by Dr M.A. Venkatakrishnan Swami. This year in MAV’s absence, it was read by M.A. Balaji.