Thiruvarangam Irapthu Utsavam Concludes (Days 9 and 10)

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Irapathu Utsavam Day 9 (January 1, 2013)

Arayar swamy’s vyakyanam on Day 9 is Maalai Nanee-pasuram and Vykyanam.Thiruvaai moozhi Onbatham pathu pasurams. Azhagiya Manavalan goes pradakshinam around the Pranavakara Viamana prakaram, with His Woiyyara nadai (gentle and subtle walk) and then reaches the kannadi arai. He looks at HIMSELF, HIS majestic appearance, the jewels that look much brighter and stunning being worn by HIM. HE moves on and goes to “Vruja Nadi” (A well called vruja nadi) and meets Senai Mudaliyar (HIS personal secretory). From there, with the Arayar swamis reciting Divya prabandham, HE moves step by step in a rhythmic motion to Paramabatha vaasal (entrance of the Heven Gate) HE shows her HIS grandeur! From here, HE moves on to Thirumamani Mandapam and enjoys the celebration along with all the 12 Azhwars.

Sri Ranganatha is the savior of all creatures. He protects them as His duty. Since Sri Rangam is the abode of the Lord Himself, this is the ONLY place on earth which is worth being called as “Bhooloka Vaikuntham”. Blessed are those who are born in Sri Rangam, those who live in Sri Rangam, and those who end their materialistic existence by leaving their body in Sri Rangam. One must always consider it a goal in life to visit Sri Rangam at least once. But the best thing to do is – Be born, live and get Moksham in Sri Rangam. Along with this the Araiyar’s thalam(beat or rhythm) will accompany Namm Perumal as he reaches Thiru Mamani Mandapam reached around 130pm. Here, Thiruvaradanam, Neiveydhayam, Ariryar Sevai. After this, Lord Ranganatha, departs from Thiru Mamani Mandapam back to his Moolasthanam’s roughly around 9.45pm The cool december air inside the Sri Rangam Temple is filled with the soft melodious sounds of the Veena. As Namm Perumal makes his way back to his inner sanctum under the peaceful strings of the Veena Ekantham, His Night is over.

Irapathu Utsavam Day 10 (January 2, 2013)

Day is the 10th day of Thiruvaaimozhi Thirunaal. Our Namperumal leaves from His Moolasthnam and arrived in Chandrapuskarani  via Paramabatha Vasal. After the Theerathawari in Chandra puskaranee reached in Thirumami mandapam.

On this day in this Thirumaamani mandapam our Azagiyamanavalan had special Thirumanjanam( Bathing)around 6.30 pm to9.00pm with all the Upacharams. Then Alankaram and Naivedyam almost 11.00pm.Arayar sevai starts from 11.00am to 3.00am Public had a Dharshanam for our Azagiyamanavalan 4.00 am to 6.00am.

Then our NAMMAZWAR Mokham starts from 6.00 am to 7.00am

A festival to honour ‘Vedham Tamil Seitha Maaran’ Araiyars recite the last of the Paasurams of the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham at the 1000 Pillar Mandapam in Srirangam just after 6am on 30th December and in a dramatic scene, NammAzhvaar falls at the feet of NamPerumal and attains Moksham

A festival to honour ‘Vedham Tamil Seitha Maaran’ Araiyars recite the last of the Paasurams of the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham at the 1000 Pillar Mandapam in Srirangam just after 6am on 30th December and in a dramatic scene, Nammazhvaar falls at the feet of NamPerumal and attains Moksham Nammazhvaar Moksham

Nammazhvaar didn’t want ‘life’ anymore. He asked for Moksham on the very first day. Nammazhvaar’s desire to attain Moksham is said to have been as big as the sky. Lord, however, wanted to make a positive change to the world through his Paasurams and wanted everyone to absorb the beautiful Paasurams of Nammazhvaar. As the Lord decided that the world should benefit from Nammazhvaar’s Paasurams, he delayed the Moksham of Nammazhvaar till the very last day.

Finally after listening to the beautiful Paasurams of ThiruvaaiMozhi, Lord gives in. The Lord was so taken in by the Paasurams that it is said Lord wanted to take Nammazhvaar to Vaikuntam in the same form. “It was this body that rendered the beautiful Prabhandham to the world and hence I want to take you with me with your body itself” was Lord’s view.

Araiyarsarrived at the 1000 Pillar Mandapam at 9. 00pm and for the next hour and a half they kept the devotees, who had stayed awake late night to witness the Araiyar Sevai, captivated with the enactment of the final 100 paasurams of Nammazhvaar’s ThiruvaaiMozhi. By the time they had presented this song, dance enactment with the Abhinayam of 90 of the last 100 Paasurams of the Prabhandham, it was 3am. It was once again a tireless effort by the Araiyars. As long as these Araiyars of Srirangam continue to show the passion that they displayed on this night, one can be assured that the Araiyar Sevai, at least in Srirangam, is here to stay for another generation and more.They went back well after the clock had struck 3.00am only to return in a couple of hours for the balance 10 paasurams and conclusion of Thiruvaaimozhi.

6am – Back at Thirumaamani Mandapam. Nammazhvaar being brought to Thirumaa Manni Mandapam At 6am, the Araiyars were back at it again and along with Nammazhvaar make their way to the Thirumaamani Mandapam. With NammAzhvaar placed in front of NamPerumal, the Araiyars begin the recital of the balance 10 paasurams (they had presented 90 of the last 100 paasurams of ThiruvaaiMozhi till 3am earlier that morning).

And as the Araiyars recited the last of Paasurams of Naalaayira Divya Prabhandham, NammAzhvaar falls on the feet of NamPerumal and attains Moksham, quite a dramatic scene. Subsequent to this, Nammazhvaar adorns the garland worn by NamPerumal himself. The Last verse of Prabhandham

“Avaa Aara Choozh Ariyai Ayanai Aranai Alatri
Avaa Atru Veedu Petra Kurugur Sadagopan Sonna
Avaail Anthaathigalaal Ivai Aayiram Mudintha
Avaail Anthaathi Ippathu Arinthaar Piranthaar Uyarnthey”

(The 1000 songs on the Lord is by Thiru Kurugur Sadagopan who found his liberation(Moksham). Those who master these verses will attain Moksham too)

After the Moksham Thirurhuzai distrubutions 7.00am to 8.00am; Starting from Thirumamani mandapm (1000 pillars mandapam)9.30am; Reaching His Moolasthanam around 10.00am; Arayar pasurams: ThalaThamarai pasuram Abinayam vyakynam; Thiruvaaimozhi Patham pathu pasurams; Namazwar Moksham Thiruvai mozhi sathumaurai. The Great Vaikunta Ekadeshi Festival is Over.

Writeup Courtesy: Sri Narasimha Bhattar

Photo Courtesy: www.srirangam.org

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