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.
This day is dedicated to Thirumangai in recognition of his contribution to the Nalayira Divya Prabhandam. Lord Namperumal had an early evening out on the Vedu Pari day coming out of the Santhana Mandapam at 4:30pm. Atop a Golden Horse Vahanam, the Pearl Pandyan Kondai adorned Namperumal was seen with a sword, javelin and arrows – his left hand holding the horse. A speciality seen on this Vedupari evening was the performance of Kona Vaiyali inside the temple in the Manal Veli (Sand Bank) on the Eastern side of the temple. On other occasions, Kona Vaiyali is seen outside the temple during street processions.
Two fast up and down ‘straight runs’ of about 100meters was followed by a 20meter dash sideways, a circling of Lord Namperumal and another run sideways. This was repeated thrice. At the end of this acrobatic display, Namperumal seemed to be smiling and showering his blessings on the devotees who had gathered in several hundreds. Having just witnessed the Kona Vaiyali and appreciated with a loud round of applause, the devotees were taken aback by a sudden commotion on the Northern side as they watched several young lads running onto the Manal Veli with long sticks. Lots of astikas took part in the day 8 of Irappathu Utsavam and had the blessings of Azhwar Acharyas and Sri Namperumal
The following are some of the photos taken during the occasion…