Kanchi Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple: Pavithrotsavam Day 1

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Pavitrotsavam started in the morning at about 10.00a.m on the 29th of August 2015. People assembled infront of the mandapam near kanadiarai. Perumal wore a veshti with broad meroon border and ubhayanachimars were dressed in blue silk. They soon adorned ‘Pavitra malas’ of different colours and ascended The  Mangalagiri.  Pavitram means pure and Pavitrotsavams are performed to atone for the omissions and transgressions that happen during performance of daily puja in temples. Garlands made of coloured dyed cotton are offered to all deities in temples and yagyam or homams are performed for a stipulated period of time. The archakas pray for forgiveness for lapses committed knowingly or unknowingly during pujas.

At about 4.30p.m. we made our way to the kanadiarai mandapam and got darsan of Devadirajan and His consorts at close quarters.We got theertham Srisathari and flowers and  our fruit offering was accepted by the aradhakar and sthaniga swami and offered to The Monarch of the Prapancham,the God of gods. The curtains were drawn and everyone waited for Perumal and His consorts to emerge for purappadu.Perumal’sSrisathari was carried with chamarams whisking on either side to Swami Desikan’s sannidhi and offered to swami. At  that time Vedha parayana goshtee was started.  The procession moved on Sannidhi theru accepting every offering presented lovingly by the devotees residing on the street. The huge Veda parayana goshti followed with their chants. Once the procession reached Tiruvadi koil it stopped to honor  siriyathiruvadi (Hanuman). Devaperumal then listened to the Sandhamigu Tamil Marai (chants from the 4000 divya prabhandhams) offered by the  huge congregation who chanted loudly and clearly.The purappadu returned to the temple after accepting offerings and prostrations all through the way.

The following are the photos taken during this Utsavam:

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Photo Courtesy: Elangadu Ranganatha Chakravarthy, Writeup by: Smt Vyjanthi Rajan

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