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Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal Koil Brahmotsavam: Thanga Chapparam

Varadar Venugopalan ThirukolamAs part of the ongoing Brahmotsavam at Sri Varadaraja Perumal Thirukkoil, Kanchipuram, On May 17 2014, Vijaya varusha Vaikasi Moolam ; In the morning  thiruveedhi Purappadu took place in  Thanga Chapparam, Sri DevaPerumal gave scintillating darshan on Venugopalan Thirukolam .Lot of astikas took part in the purappadu and had the blessings of Divydampatis

Our Varadar is granter of all boons and this sometimes works to his disadvantage! ! When we know our lord is the king of all we could, at sometimes, feel let down as we would not be sure if someone at that level would listen to our request and grant our wishes. With that iota of doubt we would start to go around elsewhere with our wishes, this would make Varadar sad as he likes our company and would miss us. How best to attract us towards him, so today he would exhibit one of his other character – sowlabyam, and assure us he is one among us.

In some temples, during brahmotsavam, the Lord would come as kutty krishnar, crawling with butter in his hands. Varadar on the hand comes out as Venugopalan. I guess if Varadar would have come as kutty krishnar we would have no doubt enjoyed the beauty but would not have requested anything, thinking he is a small baby. So Varadar has combined both the attributes of sowlabyam and granter of wishes in one thirukolam.

In the chapparam a cow and calf would accompany Varadar and nacchimaar. The expressions on the calf & cows face reflects the state of mind of all of us, how are mesmerized by his beauty and don’t want anything but want only to keep watching him.

These are some of the photos taken during the occasion..

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Writeup by : Sri Kausik Sarathy

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