As part of the ongoing Brahmotsavam at Sri Varadaraja Perumal Thirukkoil, Kanchipuram, On May 18 2014, Vijaya varusha Vaikasi Pooradam; is the day 7 of Vaikasi Brahmotsavam at Sri Varadaraja Perumal Kovil, Kanchipuram, In the morning Perumal Ezhundharulal to thiruther and Devaperumal thiruveedhi Purappadu took place in Thiruther. Sri DevaPerumal with his consorts gave scintillating darshan from Thiruther, Many Thousands of Bhaagavathas participated in thiruther and pulled the Chariot of Sri Perarulalan. There was massive crowd with full of Devotees in front of Thiruther, waiting to get darshan of Devaperumal from Thiruther. Lot of astikas took part in the purappadu and had the blessings of Divydampatis.
Sunday (18th May) morning it is Brahma’s trun to drive the Thiru Ther that to bring Varadar close to us.
A wonderful sight to enjoy is the speed in which Perarulalan travels to Thiruther. In Perumal kovil the ther is stationed about 3 kilometers from the temple. Thepperumal would only stop at hanumar kovil once he leaves the kovil. Our sripadam thangies would literally run and it was a wonderful sight to watch. Our Perumal adores red sikkuthadai. This is a very special headdress worn on very special occasions. A simple 1.5 meter cloth becomes truly divine once it comes in contact with Varadar.
Devathirajan would add beauty to Robert clivekhandi (necklace). For the benefit of new readers let me give a quick look in history about thiskhandi.
Around AD 1751 Robert Clive (East India company) was going round in kanchipuram when he came across Perarulalan on his Garuda vahanam. He commanded the purappadu to stop. At that time one archakar informed the durai that it is hot and Varadar should be heading back to kovil. Durai sarcastically wanted to know what effect heat would have on an idol. The archakar was furious and told the englishman that Perarulalan is not an idol but a living god. As expected clive wanted proof. Immediatly, archakar got a fresh vastharam and wiped the back of Perarulalan and handed the vastharam to clive, who was astonished to see a wet towel. Immediately he offered a necklace to our Lord.
Another version. During the second carnatic war the british troops were stationed in kanchipuram, preparing to attack Arcot. One day Robert clive was seriously ill and doctors have given up hope. One asthiga mentioned about our Perarulalan. Clive wanted to test the power of our lord and prayed to our Lord in the night. To everybody’ s surprise clive had completely recovered in the morning. Later he went on to capture Arcot and gifted arcot rani’s necklace to our Lord.
Irrespective of the version, the fact remains that Robert clive gifted a necklace to our Perarulalan. The necklace is known after its donor till date. Thiruvezukoorrirukkai of Thirumangai alvar would be recited by ghosti today. The construction of verse in this unique composition consist of 47 lines and follows the pattern of a temple car (Ratha bhandam) of seven decks.
These are some of the photos taken during the occasion.
The video of Thiruther Purappadu..
Writeup By : Sri Kaushik Sarathy