The Tamil Month of Aani


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The Tamil month of Aani comes between June 15th and July 15th of the Gregorian calendar. The ruling deity of this month is Thrivikrama.  In Sanskrit, this month is known as Jyesta. Jyesta is also the name of the constellation Kettai. This month is the abhishekam month in temples. Abhishekam is part and parcel of temple rituals you would say. But this Jyesta Abhishekam is special. Aani Thirumanjanam is what it is otherwise called. The kavacham is removed and checked for damages and the deities are given a ceremonial bath with auspicious ingredients like milk, curds, honey, turmeric etc. One can participate by offering abhisheka  samagiri like milk, honey,  raw coconut and the like to the near by temple.  For a SriVaishnava a month is connected with Azhwar/ Acharya thirunakshatrams.

Aani Chitrai, July 6, 2014, is Sudarshana Jayanthi. One can visit Chakrathazhwar sannidhi and offer one’s mite in cash or kind and offer pradakshina namaskarams. Chanting of Sudarshanashtakam, Shodhasayudha stotram, Sudarshana shathakam can be done.  Chakrathazwar  confers confidence and advancement in spirituality.

On Aani Swathi is the thirunakshatram of Periazhwar, the father of Andal. (Guru Parampara Series – Periyazhwar).  What does one do on thirunakshatrams?  If we live in the vicinity of a temple we can go to the pertinent sannidhi and do archana, pradakshina and anjali. We can offer a special sweet dish to our Perumal at home and recite the pertinent pasurams or an important selection. We can listen to upanyasams or read about the azhwar or acharya. This is showing our gratitude for the azhwar or acharya.  This year Aani Swathi is on July 7, 2014.

In Aani, we have the thirunakshatram of our sampradhaya pravarthakar Sri Nathamunigal. Aani Anusham is on July 9, 2014. (Guru Parampara Series – Nathamunigal). Aani Makham, July 2, 2014, shisyas of Sri Ahobila Mutt around the globe will be celebrating the thirunakshatram of Prakrutham Srimath Azhagiyasingar (HH 46th Jeeyar) Srimathe SriVan Sathakopa Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Mahadesikan.

We also have the thirunakshatrams of many other devotees. This is just a list of the most important ones. Let us remember these mahans and get purified.

Write-up by Smt Vyjayanthi Rajan

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