April 13, 2014; Vijaya Varusha Panguni Utthiram was “The Day” at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. It was Day 9 of Adhi Brahmotsavam. Nam Perumal travels a lot during this utsavam. He started His Purappadu at 6 a.m.He did rounds of the Chitra & Uthra Veedhis where kainkarparas were offered sambavanai by devotees. Actually He gave away His ring to Kamalavalli Nachiyar at Woraiyur on the 6th day of Panguni utsavam. Now that He has to meet SriRanga Nachiyar, He is nervous and pretends to search for the ring on all the Chitra and Utthira Veedhis. Devotees willingly contributed their mite and offered to speak on His behalf. After the rounds He headed for Thayar Sannidhi.
But Thayar who usually came out to welcome Him turned Her face the other way, closed the door on His face and Her servitors hurled flower balls and fruits at Perumal. This is called “Mattayadi. The utsavam is called Pranayakalaha utsavam. NamPerumal stood outside, humiliated. Why is the epitome of Mercy who cannot find a single fault in anyone angry with the King of kings? The reason is His visit to Woraiyur three days back. (Ref to Day-6 of Adhi Brahmotsavam).
Nammazhwar and Araiyar Swamis are brought in to mediate. Araiyars speak on behalf of NamPerumal and the Bhandaris on behalf of Thayar. The dialogue is beautiful. The Divine Couple’s tiff illustrates that quarrels between husband and wife should be settled amicably and not carried over to bitterness. Usually when a quarrel is settled there is more amicability than usual. When NamPerumal seeks forgiveness Thayar relents and allows NamPerumal in only because of Her respect for Nammazhwar. The time is 12.00 p.m. Garlands, turmeric, and Tilakam are exchanged. This is the first Ekantham and happened between 12.30 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. Gadya Traya anusandhanam is done as it was on a Panguni Uthiram day that Bhaghavadh Ramanuja offered Saranagathi, SriRangam and Sri Vaikunta Gadyam before the Divya Dampathis. The second Ekantham takes place after this and before Tirumanjanam and the third Ekantham takes place before NamPerumal leaves Thayar Sannidhi.