Srirangam Namperumal Irapathu Utsavam : Nammazhwar Thiruvadi Thozhal

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Nammazhwar Moksham at Srirangam Temple 2014 -3Today, January 20, 2014; Vijaya Varusha Thai Pooram, Day 10 of the Irapathu Utsavam was celebrated at Sri Ranganathawamy Divya Desam, Srirangam with Theerthavari in the morning.

The following is the write-up and photographs for today’s utsavam…

On the 10th day of Thiruvaaimozhi Thirunaal, our Namperumal leaves from His Moolasthnam and arrived in Chandrapuskarani  via Paramabatha Vasal. After the Theerathawari in Chandra puskarani reached in Thirumami mandapam.

On this day in this Thirumaamani mandapam our Azagiyamanavalan had special Thirumanjanam( Bathing)around 6.30 pm to 9pm with all the Upacharams. Then Alankaram and Naivedyam almost 11 pm. Arayar sevai starts from 11 am to 3 am Public had a Dharshanam for our Azagiyamanavalan 4 am to 6 am.

Then our Namazhwar Mokham starts from 6 am to 7 am

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 and in a dramatic scene, Namwzhwar falls at the feet of NamPerumal and attains 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 Namazhwar 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 am 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 Thiruthuzai distrubutions 7 am to 8 am; Starting from Thirumamani mandapam (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 Ekadasi Utsavam is completed.

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Write-up by Sri Narasimha Battar ;  Photography by : Sri Rishi Kesavan

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2 COMMENTS

  1. wonderful photos. We are fortunate to have the advantage of the technology. Tks a lot for anudhinam. I am now sitting away from our beloved motherland but fortunate to have the wonderful darshan of Lord Ranganatha and Nammazhvar.

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