Kanchi Sri Perarulalan Brahmotsavam Begins Today


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The most expected Vaikaasi Brahmotsavam at Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram has begun. Yesterday, 21st of May 2o13, Vishvaksenar went around the entire route that Perumal would visit during his procession during the Brahmotsavam. He is Commander-in-chief of Perumal’s army. By his visit he oversees all the alakarams and the readiness of the Raja veedhis.

This year’s utsavam schedule is as follows:

Thanga Chapparam
Simha Vahanam
Hamsa Vahanam
Surya Prabhai
Garuda Sevai
Hanumantha Vahanam
Sesha Vahanam
Chandra Prabhai
Nachiyar Thirukolam
Yali Vahanam
Thanga Chapparam
Yanai Vahanam
Totti Thirumanjanam
Guthirai Vahanam
Alla mel Pallakku & Theertha vari
Punyakoti Vimanam
Vettiver Chapparam

Devathirajan, as the name implies is the king of all the Devas, that is reason the veedhis (street) that he travels is also called Raja veedhies. Once Vishvaksenar came back inside the temple he proceeded to the yaga shaala, where he was received with poorna kumbham honor. During Brahmotsavam, Vishvaksenar is the pradhana yajaman (chief conductor) of yagnam.

Thiru Vaikasi Brahmotsavam of Kanchipuram Sri Perarulala Perumal Temple began today morning, 22nd of May 2013, with Dwajaarohanam and Purappadu of Sri Devaperumal along with ubhaya nachiyars in Thanga Chapparam.

Today, very early in the morning, Thiruvaradhanam was performed for Sri Perarulalan and ubhaya nachimaar. Then He proceeded to vahana mantapam. After Punyavachanam, the Garudan flag was blessed by Perumal. This Garudan flag was then hoisted in the Dwajasthambham (flag post) which acts as a signpost for all the deva’s. The flag was hoisted by the Archakar who had the raksha bhandanam done earlier. He also received parivattam mariyathai, for his service.

Thereafter, Perumal on “Thanga Chapparam” (golden canopy) proceeded towards Nammalvar sannadhi. The adyabhaga ghosti faced east and started chanting thirupallandu & vanna maadangal, symbolising that Nammalvar himself inaugurates the ghosti. Our Lord reached Gangai kondam mantapam and thiruvaradhanam was performed. The Divya Prabhadham ghosti started with the mudhal thiruvandhadhi at Kacchi street and concluded it in the special mantapam near Vaikunta perumal kovil.

The afternoon session started with Peretharanam and followed by Simha vahanam. In the evening, Lord’s first “Vahana Purappadu” took place.

Kanchi Varadarajar Kovil is famous for so many things, like Perumal, Thayar, Kuzhal idli, Golden lizard, Silver lizard, Nammazhvar, Thirukkachi Nambigal, Ramanujar, Swami Desikan, Chakrathalvar……… the list is endless. Kanchi Kodai is also one among the list as this is the widest Kodai. Every year Perarulalan gets new set of Kodai during the Brahmotsavam. This year is no exception and the kodai gets inducted in to Perumal’s service today evening.

This Kodai’s for Perarulalan starts from his Purappadu in Simha Vahanam. Our Perumal would be adoring Thalluku Kondai and would be wearing yellow paavaadai. There is no Kodai in the morning in Thanga Chapparam as the chapparam itself is the cover. As Devadhirajan, is the king of all Devas aptly for him, he is majestically seated and comes around in the tallest of his Vahanas.

Veda Parayana goshti is an integral part in all the purappadu. Today evening the Divya Prabhantha goshti would start from the vahana mantapam. Today they would be reciting Periyaazhvaar’s thirumozhi the following stanza in that describes the purappadu aptly.

endhoNdai vaaychchiNGgam* vaavenRu eduththukkoNdu*
andhoNdai vaay* amudhu aadhariththu *aaychchiyar-
thamthoNdai vaayaal *tharukkip paruhum* ich-
chendhoNdai vaayvandhu kaaNeerE*
sEyizhaiyeer! vandhu kaaNeerE (36)

For photos of the Angurarpanam – Sri Senainadhan Purappadu held on 21st of May 2013, click the following links

Part 1: http://anudinam.org/2013/05/22/kanchi-brahmotsavam-vishvaksenar-purappadu-part1/
Part 2: http://anudinam.org/2013/05/22/kanchi-brahmotsavam-vishvaksenar-purappadu-part2/

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    • 16th morning 2.30 is Nachiyar Tirukolam and evening 6.30 is Yaali vahanam.17th is Venugopalan at 4.00a.m. and evening yaanai vahanam at 5.30p.m. The temple has a well maintained website and you can log in for more details


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