Margazhi Kettai which corresponded with 7/1/2016 of the Gregorian calendar was celebrated beautifully at Kanchi Varadarajaswami temple. Varadan’s Saulabhyam is such that He descends the Atthigiri Hill during the Tirunakshatram of each azhwar and participates in the celebrations. At about 5.30 p.m. Varadan and His Consorts descended the golden steps of the Atthigiri Hills. Kaikaryaparas were busy preparing to offer all upacharams for The King of kings. His umbrella was kept ready and as He came down the steps in beautiful alankaram one kept looking at Him again and again drinking His Soundaryam.
He then proceeded in purappadu on Sannidhi Street stopping first at Swami Desikan sannidhi and then at Tiruvadi koil. Accompanied by Veda and Divya Prabhandha goshti the purappadu returned to the temple. He went along Azhwar Tiruchutru to Bhaghavadh Ramanuja Sannidhi. Tondaradipodiazhwar was waiting outside to receive Him. Perumal’s garland was offered to Tondaradipodiazhwar as also His Srisathari. Divya Prabhandham chanting took place. The Veda parayana goshti moved between Perumal and Tondaradipodiazhwar and offered Vedic notes which are so dear to Perumal. Perumal and Tondaradipodiazhwar moved inside and thaligai was offered and distributed to everyone present.
After this Divya Prabhandham offering was done, Tiruaradhanai was done for Perumal. Maryadhai was given to Tondariadipodiazhwar and those who were present received Perumal Theertham and Srisathari. Perumal and His Consorts returned to Atthigiri Hills.
The following are the photos taken during the Utsavam:
Courtesy: Sri Elangadu Ranganatha Chakravarthy, Write-up: Smt Vyjayanthi Rajan