Tuesday, May 24, 2011


The upanyasakar, like the uninterrupted gushing of Ganges articulated thus “About 600 years ago, in the wilderness of the Seven Hilled Shrine of Thirumalai, lived a Maha vidwan doing theertha kainkaryam to the Lord of celestials and the earthlings. He had mastered all the sastras under the aegis of Sri Kumara Varadacharyiar, son of the illustrious Vedantacharyar and earned the title ‘ Prathivadhi Bhayankaram’( meaning ‘formidable to adversary’ or ‘Terror of countering debators’) from His preceptor on winning an intellectual duel with a person of Monotheistic faith. Developing revulsion for material things, P.B.Annan advanced to Thirumalai seeking Kainkaryam at the feet of Lord and was awarded the task of fetching water for the Holy Abulation of Lord. On a fine day, as this scion of the Srivatsa Gothram was returning from aakasha Gangai carrying on his shoulder the vessel containing the Theertham for the Thiruvabhishekam of Thiruvenkatamudayam, a group of Theertha vaasi Brahmins from the banks of Cauvery chanced to meet him. On exchange of mutual respects according to the Srivaishnava Dharma, Prathivadi Bhayankaram Annan eagerly enquired of any news from Thiruvarangam. The Srivaishnavas, while dispersing news on the developments in the Sampradaic front, jubilantly described the vaibhavam of an Ascetic by name ‘Sri Azhagiya Manavala Nayanar’ who had come from the land of Namazhwar to the land of Namperumal and further extolled the unfathomable ocean of Gnyaanam, Bhakthi ,Vairagyam in the possession of this Jeeyar. P.B.Annan, intrigued by this vaibhavam made further enquiries about him and thus slowly traced his steps to the sanctum sanctorum of Thiruvenkatamudayan listening to his vaibhavam. P.B.Annan submitted the vessel containing the water from Aakasha gangai to the Archakar and in a few minutes realized the grave mistake of not adding any Parimala dravyam ( a mixture of smashed cardoman,clove,nutmeg and other aromatic spices) to the water and thus commiting a great sin at the feet of Emperumaan. P.B.Annan was shocked at this delinquency of his and turned remorse with shame. The very instant, Lord Thiruvenkatamudayan, the speaking Lord, exclaimed thus “ Anna ! My bhaktha ! The water thy brought today carries so much of spiritual aroma and the parimalam hasth filled my nostrils . It has caused me so much of pleasure. Thou need not regret not adding the Theertha parimalam.” P.B.Anna rejoiced hearing these Words from the Pavala Thiruvai of Emperumaan and he understood that the Vaibhavam of Mamunigal had turned into Theertha Parimalam for Emperumaan.”

The young male children of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham listening to this splendid Vaibhavam, were greatly impressed and steered their way to the Head of SBK and expressed their wish prepare Theertha parimalam for the Emperumans residing in the Thirumaligais of Acharya purushas of Srirangam and other divya desams. It is to remembered that their female counterparts ( girls of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham) had been doing the kainkaryam of weaving flowers into garlands and submitting it at various thirumaligais at Srirangam. This had already kindled the kainkarya thirst among the boys and they were contemplating a grandeur kainkaryam. And now they had this Theerthapodi kainkaryam at hand.

The boys would gather raw Cardoman, Cloves, Nutmeg and Jadipatri, power them using the traditional equipments and add some Divya prabandham and vaibhavams of azhwars and acharyas to the mixture ! Yes, the children had very clearly grasped the essence of the upanyasam that the vaibhavam of His adiyars was far more likeable to Him than anything else offered to Him! The children would carry the Theerthapodi in appropriate vessels and go each thirumaligai and submit the same to the Swamy there.

Healthy competition is always welcome and a healthy competition in Kainkaryam is most welcome!

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