Jaya Karthigai Barani (4/12/2014) was the third day of Thirumangaimannan’s Thirunakshatra mahotsavam. Divya Prabhandham and Veda Parayanam commenced at 3.00p.m.While the Vedic and prabhandham chanting was done sonorously by the assembled swamis, Tirumanjanam was done to Moolavar and utsavar Tirumangaiazhwar divyamangala vigrahams.
At about 3.45 p.m. Aradhakar swami started the Thirumanjanam. After applying sesame oil and washing it off with shikakai powder the Thirumanjanam commenced with curds, followed by milk, honey, turmeric, sandal paste and coconut water.nIt was a sheer delight to behold Azhwar’s handsome Thirumeni during Thirumanjanam and the different hues revealed different aspects of Kaliyan’s Tirumani. The shankhu and chakram marks on the shoulders reminded us about Azhwar’s samashrayanam . The utsavar Thirumeni revealed a determined chin determined to complete all Thiruppanis to SriRanganatha. Incidentally lot of restoration and repair works are going on in full swing at Sri Ranganatha temple. Let us pray to Kaliyan to see that everything is completed successfully. After Thirumanjanam alankaram was done and Thirumangaimannan is all dressed up and ready to go round the veedhis of Srirangam to bless everyone on the way. The purappadu will leave Sri Dasavatharan sannidhi at 7.00a.m. on 5/12/2014 which is the Thirunakshatram of Kaliyan.nToday’s satrumurai was over by 5.00pm after which theertham, Kaliyan’s Sathari and prasada viniyogam(Ven Pongal) took place.
The following are some of the photos taken during the occasion…
Writeup & Photography :Vyjayanthi and Sundararajan