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Brahmotsavam – Yali VahanamNamaskaram to All, @ Kanchipuram Varadarajar Kovil May 16, 2014

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Namaskaram to All,

Friday (16th) evening would be a true out of the world experience in perumal kovil.

Before describing purappadu, I would like to plant some thought so that they could start germinating. Our Perumal is known by various beautiful names like Devathirajan, Tepperumal, Athiyooran, Imayorthalaivan and many many more. One very apt name is Thyagarajan. Varadar by granting the wish of Periya nambi, sacrificed his jewel (Ramanujar) to Srirangam. This enabled establishment / strengthening of our Sampradayam. Additionally, Perumal kovil is also known as Thyaga bhoomi, how else to address the ruler of this bhoomi.

Today our Lord would ride on Yali vahanam. Yali, is a combination of animal & reptile. It has body and head of a lion with a trunk of an elephant and serpent like tail. This creature was supposed to be as ferocious as a lion, as strong as an elephant and would send shiver down the spine with the presence of the serpent. Good for all of us that this creature is not visible and exists within the realm of imagination.

As per shilpa shastra having this creature in the door way would ward off evil thoughts. That is the main reason you would see them sculpted mainly on the door ways. This creature is also one of the favorite for sculptures as they can let their imagination go wild while carving.

Devathirajan is the right person to ride this vahanam as he has also appeared in such unique combination of man & lion to protect his dear devotee.

Periyalwar’s thirumozhi would be recited in today’s purappadu. The pasurams recited would be those pertaining to Divya desams in jungles or mountains as we would have more chances of sighting yali in these regions. The divya desams covered would be Badri (958 ~ 986), Naimisaranyam (998 ~ 1007), Sengavelkundrum (1008 ~ 1017), Thiruvenkatam (1018 ~ 1057) and Tirumaliruncholai (1818~1827).

Adiyen would give the live telecast of next purappadu (Venugopala Thirukolam) from Thyaga Bhoomi.

Andavan thiruvadiya charanam
Perundevi sametha Devathirajan thiruvadiya charanam

Dhasan,
Kausik Sarathy

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

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