On May 28th 2015,Manmadha varusha Vaikasi Uthiram ;Ankuarapanam took place grandly at Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple .On this occasion in the evening Sri Vishwak Senar had Thiruveethi Purappadu followed by asthanam sevakalam and satrumurai.Ankurar Panam, a ritual marking the commencement of the Brahmotsavam. Ankurarpanam means ‘starting’ and also ‘foundation’. The ritual thus signifies that it is preparing the ground for the Brahmotsavam In the sacred ritual ‘nava dhanyams’, nine varieties of food grains, representing nine-days are sown in the earth for germination. Priests, after taking permission from the Lord, go in a procession to the Alwar Gardens located in the ‘Nairuti’ (south-west) direction of the temple for securing ‘putta mannu’ (soft mud of an ant hill) and the event is called ‘Mrutsangrahanam’.Lot of astikas took part in the Ankurarpanam and had the the blessings of Divya Dampathis.
Courtesy :Elangadu Ranganathan Chakravarthy