On , January 8, 2015; Jaya Varusha Margazhi Ayilyam , Day 8 of the Irapathu Utsavam of Thiruadhyayana Utsavam celebrated in a very grand manner at Sri Ranganathawami Divya Desam, Srirangam. Sri Namperumal Started his purappadu from Santhanu Mandapam In Kudhirai Vahanam around 4.30 p.m. Sri Namperumal reaches Manalveli and get ready for the Kona Vaiyali of Vedupari Utsavam. At the Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, the story of ‘Vedupari’ is enacted every year as part of the eighth day celebrations of the Irapathu festival.
This day is dedicated to Thirumangai in recognition of his contribution to the Nalayira Divya Prabhandam. It was the people from the ‘Kallar’ community, who currently reside on the banks of the Melur Road Theppakulam, who had come there to enact the Vedupari event – that of way laying Lord Namperumal at the Manal Veli and trying to take away his possessions. At the end of this enactment, every member of the Kallar community was accorded special honours and darshan of Lord Namperumal. Thirumangai, who earlier in the evening walked in as the king (Mannan) with a bow and arrow in hand, was seen in a completely different form at the end of the Vedupari, dressed as Azhwar, who had just received the initiation of the Ashtachar Mandhiram.
Following the enactment of Vedupari, the entire list of jewels of Lord Namperumal was read out to confirm that all the jewels of the Lord were intact. It is an opportunity for the devotees to listen in to the different kinds of jewels worn by the Lord. This is the only day in the year when the list of jewels is read out. Thirumangai azhwar Mariyathai to Childen who enacted the Vedupari . Lots of astikas took part in the day 8 of Irappathu Utsavam and had the blessings of Azhwar Acharyas and Sri Namperumal
These are some of the photos taken during the occasion….
Azhwar enacting Children Procession to Srirangam Kovil
Thirumangai Azhwar Mariyathai
Sri Namperumal With Azhwars at Thirumamani Mandapam
Thirumangai Azhwar Siruvargal returning Mariyadhai