Durmukhi Aadi Pooram(5th August 2016) was celebrated with great fervour and grandeur at Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal koil. In the morning at about 9.30 vishesha tirumanjanam took place at the mandapam outside Sri Andal Sannidhi.
It being Aadi Friday there was a constant stream of devotees.
In the evening at about 6.00 Andal emerged in purappadu from Her sannidhi clad in traditional bridal arraku(meroon). She stopped at the steps leading to Atthigiri and was joined by Varadan and His Consorts. Both walked simultaneously upto ‘Tiruvadi koil’ and returned to koil. After entering ‘gopura vasal’ Varadan with ‘Ubhaya nachimars’ was stationed in the four-pillared mandapam near ‘dwajha sthambam’ and Andal at the four pillared mandapam near the gopura vasal. Periazhwar covered with a purple see-thru shawl came and stood in the middle and then exchange of garlands took place thrice. Afterwards ‘Oonjal’ ceremony took place at ‘Tondaradipodi followed by ‘akshatai-aashirwadam’ infront of the ‘kanadi-arai’ mandapam.
Courtesy: Sri Elangadu Ranganatha Chakravarthy
Writeup: Smt Vyjayanthi Rajan