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Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal Koil Brahmotsavam: Chandra Prabha

As part of the ongoing Brahmotsavam at Sri Varadaraja Perumal Thirukkoil, Kanchipuram, purappadu of utsavar Sri Devaperumal on Chandra Prabha took place yesterday evening (May 25th, 2013; Saturday).

Saturday evening was one of the coolest evening in Kanchipuram. Our lord blessed us when he rode on Chandra prabhai. The radiance of perarulalan in this purappadu makes you wonder if it is full moon day today. Earlier, I had mentioned that our naachimaar are unique. So before I continue with the purappadu let me share my observation. Many of you might have seen / enjoyed this before, this is for the few who might have missed the uniqueness.

In our temples, Ubhaya naachimar have a very special significance. The utsava moorty of Perumal is flanked by Sridevi (on right side) and Bhudevi (on left side). In all the temples the naachimaar would be standing with the exception of Srirangam, where they are seated. In general Sridevi would be seen holding lotus in her left hand and Bhudevi would have the lotus in her right hand and with reference to Perumal both of them would be symmetrical. Our Ubhaya naachimaar are different. Here both Sridevei and Bhudevi have the lotus in their right hand and the left hand hangs loosely. Ubhaya naachimaar of Ashtabhuja perumal (Kanchipuram) and Thirunarayanapuram have the same pose.

The following are some of the photographs taken during the utsavam yesterday evening…

Write-up Courtesy: Sri Kausik Sarathy; Photo Courtesy: Sri LN Sripathy

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