The Thirumalai Nambi’s masa thirunakshatra (Swathi) was celebrated grandly at Tirumala on August 28, 2017; Hevilambi Avani Swathi. With Vedam and Arulicheiyal goshti, the day was celebrated well. Many astikas took part and received the blessings of Swami Periya Thirumalai Nambi.
Periya Thirumalai Nambi, otherwise called Srisailapoorna, an ardent disciple of Yamunacharya, was born in the month of Vaikasi on Swathi star. He was the maternal uncle of Swami Ramanujacharya and Govinda Bhattar (Embar) in their poorvashrama and also their philosophical mentor (acharya). Srisailapoorna was one of the pancha acharyas (5 mentors) of sSwami Ramanujacharya regarded as the jagadAcharya. Guruparamparai records that while Emperumanar and Embar were born, Periya Thirumalai Nambi did pushpasamAsrayanam, which was a usual practice those days. According to the orders of AlavanthAr, Periya Thirumalai Nambi was given the task of handing over the SrirAmayana to Emperumanar. He was involved in the divine theertha kainkarayam to Thiruvenkatamudaiyan. Everyday he used to carry water from Akasha Ganga for Srinivasa thiruvaradhanam. It is said that He used to chant the holy Periya Thirumozhi of Thirumangai Azhwar while doing so.
The following are a few photographs taken during the utsavam…
Courtesy: Sri Prassana Venkatesan