Yesterday, Vijaya Varusha Karthigai Karthigai; November 18th 2013, Karthigai Deepotsavam was celebrated yatha vidhi at Srirangam Dasavathara Sannidhi. In the morning, Thirumanjanam was done to LakshmiNarayana divyamangalamurthi housed inside Dasavatharan Sannidhi. This deity was the aradhya murthi of Thirumangai Azhwar. Thirumanjanam was also done for Thirumangai Mannan it being Karthigai, the star under which Thirumangai Azhwar took avatharam. His Thirunakshtram will be celebrated in the next Karthigai.
In the evening, there was purappadu for Lakshmi Narayana Perumal (this takes place every Karthigai Deepam day). Lakshmi Narayana Perumal witnesses Sokkapanai bonfire. Combustible stuff like hay, sawdust etc were covered with palmyra leaves and lit by Jayaraman the watchman of Dasavathara Sannidhi and the Brindavanams therein. He was honoured with Mala-Maryadhai and vastram. Once the flames came down Perumal went to bless Thirumangai Azhwar, Swami Desikan and Adivan Sathakopan before returning to Aasthanam. This was followed by Theertham, Sri Sathari and Prasada Viniyogam (Ven Pongal, Vadai and Appam).
Courtesy: Vyjayanthi and Sundararajan