Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The unquenchable thirst called kainkaryam

Priya arangan adiyar,

A few months back, the students from Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham had an opportunity to visit Tirunarayanapuram and be guest to the hospitable inmates of Melkottai. The children who were greatly inspired by their hospitality, had been longing for such a kainkaryam at their place. Their wish was indeed granted by Selvapillai Himself with the kainkaryam of serving his devotees who had come to Srirangam for a grand occasion.

It was a charming weekend and people from Bangalore and Thirunarayanapuram had arrived at Srirangam to listen to the Satrumarai of Thirumaalai kalakshepam of Elayavalli Sri.U.Ve. Sriraman Swamy. It was held at Sri Koorathazhwan sannidhi at Srirangam. Thirumaalai, as we may know, is a prabandham by Sri Thondaradipodi Azhwar. The term Thondaradipodi (Bhakthangrirenu in Sanskrit) indeed refers to the dust which decorates the divine feet of devotees. Azhwar, having realized the greatness of bhagavathas (devotees), called himself by this name. The students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam also got a similar opportunity to serve the bhagavathas who had arrived to attend Thirumaalai Kalakshepam.

According to Andal’s words “Thooyomai Vandhu naam”, we require to be pure both physically and mentally. Keeping this in mind, all the students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam initially cleaned the venue of the Kalakshepam (Sri Koorathazhwan sannidhi) very meticulously. This service of them rendered the bhagavathas to stay and listen to the Kalakshepam very comfortably.

When it comes to serving bhagavathas, performing Thadheeyaradhanam is considered the best. This has been practiced even by Azhwars like Thirumangai Azhwar and Acharyas like SriKoorathazhwan. The Gurukulam students, taking cue from this, sincerely involved themselves in this Kainkaryam right from preparing the food up to serving it to all the devotees. It is really inspiring to see such young children eager to perform kainkaryam excellently. The bhagavathas from Bangalore were extremely pleased by the kainkaryams performed by the Gurukulam students.

It is our wish to make the Trust a platform which aids in the congregation of Srivaishnavas from across the globe in spiritual pursuits. Srirangam is considered the root of Srivaishnava sampradayam and we want the water ( Srivaishnavas) to come here, perform kainkaryams and strengthen the root.  We are grateful to those bhagavathas who had offered a wonderful chance to the Gurukulam students to nurture the vigor in them to perform kainkaryam. It is a pleasure to serve the bhagavathas and be a Thondarthondan. We pray Namperumal and Ranganachiyar for more such opportunities.

The photos of the kainkaryam are here for your viewing :

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