Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal Koil Brahmotsavam: Garuda Sevai – Live Photos

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Today, May 14, 2014; Jaya Varusha Chitra Swathi, as a part of the ongoing Brahmotsavam at Sri Varadaraja Perumal Thirukkoil, Kanchipuram, the famous Garuda Sevai is taking place. These are the live pictures from Kanchipuram

It gives me immence pleasure to scrible about the most famous/attractive vahana purappadu of Brahmotsavam, yes the Garuda Sevai. This started very early in the morning.

Garudan is addition to performing his kaimkaryam as Emperuman’s vehicle is also known as veda swaroopam. Swami Desikan had prayed to Garudan in Aushada giri in Thiruvendhipuram, who gave the Swami the moola mantharam and the deity of Lakshmi Hayagrivar.

Before our Varadar flies out from the kovil to bless us, at the main gopuram, our Lord is coverd for a short while with two kodais. This is known as Doddayacharya sevai. To understand and enjoy this, we need to go back in time.

Some 450 years back, one devotee by name Doddayacharya lived in the temple town of Sholingar and was engaged in kaimkaryam to Lord Narashima. He was very attached to Varadar of Kanchipuram. He never used to miss the Garuda sevai of Devathirajan during Brahmotsavam. One year due to advanced age was not able to make the trip to Kanchipuram. He was disturbed and on the day of Garuda sevai while having his bath in Thakkan kulam (local pond), early morning, he expressed his inability of not being perumal kovil and felt dejected.

At that time in Kanchipuram, our Perumal was about to leave the kovil. On not seeing his devotee amongst those assembled, our lord expressed his desire to leave Kanchipuram to give his dharshanam in Sholingar. Upon receiving this divine message, priest shielded our lord with the kodais. At this very moment, the acharyan in sholingar had the vision of Varadar in Garuda sevai in all its glory.

To commemorate this event, even today, our lord is hidden from public view for a short time. Later a temple was built on the banks of thakkan kulam.

During the purappadu, prabhanda ghosti recited moonraam thiruvanthaathi.

These are the live pictures from Kanchipuram, being updated frequently today from early morning till noon, more pictures and videos will be updated later
Video of Kodai poduthal and kulukkal in Garudaseva

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In front of Thoopul Divya Desam
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Write-up Courtesy: Sri Kausik Sarathy
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14 COMMENTS

  1. Adiyane Madhavan here, I am very blessed and cherished to see the live photos of Kanchi Shri Varadhar Garuda sevai photos on the same day. My heartiest thanks and salutes to those who are involved in this website kainkaryams.

    It feels very glad to know the my birth date(chithira-Swathi) fall on this special day to get the Kanchi Thayar and Perarulalan blessigs specially.

    Dasan–A.S.Madhavan(9790916212)

  2. Dear Team,

    Very fortunate to see the photos.

    I also request you to share the Madurai Kallazhagar photos as today being chithra pournami THE LORD has entered the Vaigai river.

    Dasan

  3. Great photos and complimentary write-up. To be able to view Garuda sevai on the same day it happens is great. Thanks to Sri Kaushik Sarathy for promptly sending the material and to Anudinam for immediately publishing the same.

  4. JAI SRIMANNARAYANA !!!

    THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THEM WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THIS GREAT KAINKARYAM. GREAT JOB.

    WE ARE IN IMMENSE PLEASURE IN RECEIVING THE BLESSINGS OF KANCHI PERUNDEVI THAYAR AND DEVAPERUMAL.

  5. Very Very Glad to see all the photos submitted in this Web site and I am ever grateful to those involved for this. Thanks a lot for those who worked in this Kaiyengaryam.
    Eveybody will be blessed by Lord Shri. Varadaraja Prabhu who ever seen these photos . Good effort.

  6. KANCHI VARADA! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING SUCH BEAUTIFULLY TAKEN PICTURES OF THE MIGHTY GARUDA SEVA!IT WAS SUCH A NOSTALGIC EXPERIENCE AND MY FOND MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD DAYS IN KANCHI RETURNED. THANK YOU!

  7. Excellent photos of Deva Perumal Garuda Sevai. Really very much excited see all the photos of Garudasevai.
    Many Thanks to Anudinam for their Kainkaryam to get blessings from Deva perumal.

  8. Thanks to all those who contributed. Physically I could not witness the Garuda sevai at Kanchi albeit I wished to be there on 14.5.2014. Your photos cherished my desire though mentally I had dharsan on 14.5.2014 from 0400hrs. May God bless all and specifically the service provider anudinam.

  9. Dear Team

    Permal Thayar Kadaksham kidaikkap petren.

    Very wonderful Kaingaryam done by you all.

    Request to send video clippings to my mail if available. Nothing compulsion.

    Adiyen proud to introduce myself from Kanchi Nammalwar sannithi paramapari mirasdhar Sri. T. Srinivaradachariyar penvaitru peran.

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