Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Redemption of a river...

Srimate ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

When Seetha Devi was abducted by Ravana, Lord Rama, along with Lakshmana roamed the forests, asking the trees, creepers and plants whether they had seen Her. The Lord, in great despair,finally asked the Godavari river if she saw Seetha Devi anywhere. The river, despite being an eye-witness to Ravana's abduction of Seetha Devi, chose not to reveal it to Rama for fear of persecution under Ravana's hands though he stayed miles away in the small island of Lanka. But Yamuna was flowing past the palace of kamsa, its waves lashing against the fortified walls of Kamsa's citadel. Yet, when Vasudevar, the father of Lord Krishna had to cross the river to reach Gokulam, she gave way to him and won the name “Thooya peru neer Yamunai” (blemishless Yamuna) from Andal. Andal celebrates Yamuna thus for such a fearless kainkaryam for Lord Krishna. But Godavari lost such a kainkaryam to Rama for the fear of someone staying afar. So there were speculations as to why at all attribute holiness to Godavari.

Such speculations were put to rest only when Godavari came to share the name of “Godha” (Andal) who was born as the daughter of Periyazhwar. The mere sharing of Andal's name sanctified the river .Andal is an incarnation of BhoomaDevi. She jumped into this samsara in order to save us like a mother who jumps into a well to rescue her drowning child . As we all know, Andal was born on the holy day of Pooram star in Aadi month, called as Thiru Adi Pooram. The greatness of Andal’s birth is said to be same as that of Andal Herself and that is why Thiruvadipooram is a special utsavam in all temples.
At our Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam, Thiruvadipooram utsavam was celebrated by the students in a manner befitting its grandeur. There was an elaborate Thiruvaradhanam in the morning along with Serthi Thirumanjanam for Andal and Perumal followed by Goshti satrumarai. In the 4th pasuram of Thiruppavai, Andal offers the kainkaryam of performing Serthi Thirumanjanam for the aychiyargal (cowherd women) , herself and Kannan by saying “nangalum margazhi neerada magizhndhu”. It is exciting to know that the children at Gurukulam also got the opportunity for this kainkaryam on the day of Thiruvadipooram. In the evening, there was sevakalam of Nachiyar Thirumozhi and Perumal Thirumozhi and Vishnu Sahasranamam parayanam was performed. 

Andal is an ideal role model for each student at the Gurukulam. Even as a young kid, she expressed the essence of the entire Vedas in her Thiruppavai. These children in the pursuit of Vedic education, offered their humble obeisances on Her avathara thirunakshatram.

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