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Brahmotsavam – Chandra Prabhai @ Kanchipuram Varadarajar Kovil May 14, 2014

Posted by Dr.NVS in Brahminsnet Postings.

Namaskaram to All,

Tomorrow (Thursday 15th) evening would be one of the coolest evening in Kanchipuram. The radiance of perarulalan in Chandra prabhai would make you wonder if it is full moon day today.

In my last mail, I had mentioned that our naachimaar being unique. So before I continue with the purappadu let me share the details. As I had mentioned before, many of you might have seen / enjoyed this before, this is for the few who might have missed the uniqueness.

In our temples Ubhaya naachimar have a very special significance. The utsava moorty of Perumal is flanked by Sridevi (on right side) and Bhudevi (on left side). In all the temples the naachimaar would be standing with the exception of Srirangam, where they are seated. In general Sridevi would be seen holding lotus in her left hand and Bhudevi would have the lotus in her right hand and with reference to Perumal both of them would be symmetrical. In Perumal kovil our Ubhaya naachimaar are different. Here both Sridevei and Bhudevi have the lotus in their right hand and the left hand hangs loosely. Ubhaya naachimaar of Ashtabhuja perumal (Kanchipuram) and Thirunarayanapuram have the same pose.

Varadar in Bhagavad gita says “Nakshatranam aham sasi” – “Of Stars, I am moon” and during the purappadu chandran gets the honor of presenting Devathirajan to us.

Chandaran is required to protect and preserve the medicinal herbs. We cannot imagine a life without medicines. Watching this purappadu is the one stop solution for all our karmic illness. Like the lilies and ocean, which come to life with the sight of moon, the devotee’s hearts would swell with happiness. Devathirajan is able to do all this in-spite of his avirbhavam from sacrificial fire.

In my next mail I shall reveal the reason as to why adiyen feel safe when Perarulalan comes on Thanga pallaku in nachiyar thirukolam.

Andavan thiruvadiya charanam
Perundevi sametha Devathirajan thiruvadiya charanam

Kausik Sarathy

Note : The pictures attached are file photos and courtesy Sri. Kesavabashyam.


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