Priya arangan adiyar,
Even as a young girl, Andal had the determination to hold Periya Perumal’s hand in marriage with Him. With all Her desire to get Emperumaan She sang Thiruppavai and followed an austerity in Margazhi month which was earlier observed by the cowherd women of Vrindavan. When Emperumaan did not come even after singing Thiruppavai, Andal sings Nachiyar Thirumozhi describing Her plight being separated from Him. She sends various messengers to convey Her state to Emperumaan and She requests various persons in various ways to unite Her with Emperumaan. In one of those verses, She describes to Her friend about Her dream of seeing Her marriage with Emperumaan. This decad starting with “Varanamayiram” is chanted even in an ordinary marriage in our houses. But why should we chant them? Andal was getting married to Emperumaan Himself so singing Varanamayiram is apt over there. But all other marriages, Emperumaan is not the bridegroom. Still we chant them to recall how Andal has described Emperumaan and to inculcate such Bhakthi in us.
In Sri Ramayanam, Valmiki Rishi describes the beauty of Rama as equivalent to Manmathan (Anangadevan). Maybe mortals like might consider Manmatha to be handsome but how can we even compare his handsomeness with Rama? It is later said that Valmiki makes this comparison to diminish the beauty of Rama so that other people will not be jealous of His beauty. This act of sage Valmiki is indeed considered similar to the practice smearing kohl/coal on a bridegroom’s face to diminish his beauty. So next time we see a drushti pottu on a bridegroom’s face, we will recall Rama’s beauty. In this way, all our customs contain a deep message in them and have loads and loads of Bhagavath anubhavam in them. So any ceremony in our house, in fact, gets fulfilled only when these customs are followed and the underling Bhagavath anubhavam is unleashed.
Recently, an acquaintance of our Trust performed marriage for his daughter. In that marriage SBK students performed Upanyasams and dance programmes. Children of age 6 years or so performed Upanyasam on various Kalyanams of Perumal and Pirattiyar. The word Kalyanam itself means auspicious. Only if Emperumaan and Pirattiyar are together it is auspicious for us because it is Pirattiyar who does Purushakaram (recommendation) and unites us with Emperumaan. There were eight children who spoke about the Kalyana utsavam of Emperumaan in their sweet childish language. The following children made Upanyasam on the mentioned titles. Lakshmi Kalyanam was told by Vishnupriya, Sita Kalyanam by Poornan, Rukmini Kalyanam by Balaji, Subadhra Kalyanam by Krishna, Serakulavalli Kalyanam by Sriranganidhi, Andal Kalyanam by Aniket, Kamalavalli Nachiyar Kalyanam by Kodhai and Srivaramangai Kalyanam by Sripathi.
The dance programme was a treat to the eyes as opposed to the Upanyasams which were a feast for the ears and the intellect. Andal Thirukalyana Vaibhavam was enacted as a dance drama by SBK students. The role of Periyazhwar was done by Moulikrupa, Andal role by Srinidhi, Andal’s Thozhi role by Athuzhai, Perumal role by sridevi. Srinivasan, a student of Gurukulam has been just learning the basics of Mrudangam. But he practiced to play for the dance and even performed on stage excellently.
The students on the whole, have exhibited their talent during this marriage. Not just their talents in these arts, but their talent in singing the glory of Emperumaan and making us think about His glory. The marriage is just a reason to describe the attributes of Emperumaan. During any festival/function, it is customary to have turmeric/vermilion since it is a symbol of auspiciousness. In Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam, Yudishtra asks Bheeshma as to who associated turmeric or vermilion with being auspicious. Bheemsha clarifies that it is Emperumaan who made turmeric and vermilion as auspicious items. So more than turmeric or vermilion, we need to chant and sing praises of Emperumaan and His devotees whenever there is an auspicious occasion in our home. The children of SBK have also divulged this deep meaning through their activities.
Taking cue from them, even we should also get inspired to hold such Satsangs/bhajans as a part of any ceremony or celebration in our home.
The beautiful photos are here :