NamPerumal left in purappadu for Kanadi arai. Kanadi arai means mirror room. This is next to Ul Garudan sannidhi in Santhana mandapam. Devotees had darshan of NamPerumal in this room where parallel mirrors reflect multiple images of Our Perumal. This was open uptil 12.00p.m. Between 4.30-5.30p.m. Beri Thaadanam took place.Beri is a big drum and puja is performed to the drum.The drum is beaten thrice and all the devathas,rivers, trees, mountains, kings and Srivaishnavas are invited for the Brahmotsavam.Generally local residents are expected to stay in town once the festival starts .All the dik devathas are invoked and the whole ceremony can be termed as an invitation ceremony.No chetana or achetana is left out and each one is asked to arrive quickly for the DivyaUtsavam of Perumal and Pirrati. At 6.30p.m. NamPerumal came with Ubhaya Nachimars in Purappadu.Devotees gathered everywhere on the four Chitra Veedhis to catch a glimpse of their beloved Perumal decked in all finery on the first day of Panguni utsavam.After returning from the rounds Tirumanjanam was performed for NamPerumal at the yagashala .NamPerumal is expected to reach Kanadiarai by 1.00a.m.(06.04.2014).
Writeup & Photography Vyjayanthi Sundararajan