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Azagiyamanavaalanin—Chithra-Poornimaa!!!! May 17, 2014

Posted by Dr.NVS in Brahminsnet Postings.

Dear sriranga Sri Memembers and Friends,
Adeyen, My Shastanga Namaskrams to Nam perumal and Sriranganachiyar!

Chitra Pournami :This is Celebrated in the Tamil Month of Chithirai . This is actually the enactment of Gajendra Moksham. It shows how Lord Sriman Narayana Cares a lot for his Devotees. The Background story is, once there lived a Elephant named Gajendra and it is very much attached to the Lord Sriman Narayana and the elephant picks the Lotuses from the river and offers it in Lords feet every day. Then one fine day a crocodile catches its feet and drags it to river and elephant tries to go back to banks in vain. Then at last Gajendra cries for help to Maha Vishnu saying ADHI MOOLAME and our Lord who is very compassionate to his Devotees ( human beings , rishis or devathas or Animals) comes in Garuda Vahana(The Great Eagle Mount) and kills the crocodile , gives Moksham to both Elephant and crocodile who were actually Gandharvas and due to curse they were born as Elephant and crocodile , This is enacted in banks of Cauvery.
My pranams to our Azagiyamanavalan
On Chita poornima day, our Namperumal starts from Moolasthanam around 8.00am and makes his way to Ammamandapam. He makes frequent stops on the way to his destination (Ammamandapam). Ammamandapan lies near the Holy river Cauvery.
In this mandapm our Namperumal will have a Thiruvaradhanam and Naivedyam and kosti then public Dhasrshanam .
During the evening He leaves from His mandapam to reach the Holy river cauvery and blesses his Elephant (by the name of Andal) as a Gajendra moksham.

Chaitra Purnima or Maha Chaitri, the Full Moon day in Chaitra month, is a very auspicious day with its spiritual significance and importance for various pujas. Chaitra Poornima 2010 . This festival is mainly observed in Maharashtra, Goa, and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Hanuman Vijayotsavam is also celebrated on Maha Chaitri.

Chitragupta Vratam or Chitragupt Puja is another important vow celebrated on Chait Purnima day. This puja is dedicated to Chaitragupta, accountant in Lord Yama’s asthana. Chitragupt Puja is also observed as Dawat Puja on Bhai Dhuj.

Magh Purnima or Magha Pournami, also known as Maha Maghi, is one of the auspicious Pournami days for Hindu devotees. Purnima is considered as significant in terms of spiritual practice and performing religious rituals

As can be seen from several of the festivals and events at the Srirangam temple, Lord Namperumal recognizes and respects each and every one The significance of Cauvery can be compared to the Vraja River which flows in Vaikuntam. Just as one who attains moksham has to enter Vaikuntam after a bath at Vraja river, one who wishes to have darshan of Lord Ranganatha has to bathe first in the Cauvery before entering the temple.

Singing Cauvery’s Praise

River Cauvery, as praised by Emberumaanar, is even more pious than the sacred Ganges. Parasara Bhattar, the eldest of the two sons of Koorathazhvan, who is said to have lived in the 12th Century AD explains this beautifully in his verse.

‘The water flow at the Cauvery is fast, touching the edges of the banks on both the sides. When one closely looks at the froth, it seems as if Cauvery is laughing.

Parasara Bhattar reasons out this laughter of the Goddess. "Cauvery seems to be laughing at Goddess Ganga and saying ‘All of them seem to be singing praise only of you and your greatness. Yes, the water there flows through from Brahmma’s Kamandalam to the legs of Lord Vishnu and then Shiva keeps the water on his coil (on his head). You are Lord’s Shree Paatha Theertham.’"

Parasara Bhattar says ‘Theertham Sunthathi’ in reference to Cauvery-a river that makes all other rivers pious. Those who bathe here with purity of thought are said to be relieved from all sins.’

Parasara Bhattar goes on to say, ‘The beautiful garlands that one sees every day around Lord Ranganatha are a result of the pure water from the Cauvery. Trees are seen all around the place, flowers bloom every day. All streets and corners are clean and cool, with water from the Cauvery.’

Even more significant is the fact that though there are 10 wells inside the Srirangam temple, the theertham for the Lord and his Thirumanjanam is from the Cauvery, every single day. Is this not a great contribution of the Goddess?

What more, Goddess Cauvery has encircled the Lord from all sides coming round and round him day after day and her presence makes his stay right in the middle of Srirangam a cool and comfortable one keeping him in the right spirits at all times. Thus, Goddess Cauvery is always near Ranganatha.
who has played a role in the well being of the people. And this gesture of rewarding is almost always done immediately without any delay.
As ususal Vachaka Dhosham kshamikka vendugindren,
Adeyen Dhashan,

Narasimha Bhattar

Narasimha Bhattar


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