Vol 2 ISSUE 26December 13.2009
TheTiruppavai,also spelt asThiruppavai,is a collectionof thirtypaasurams orstanzaswritten andcompiled byAndal. All thepasurams arewritten inTamil praisingLord Tirumalor Vishnu orPerumal. It isconsideredas prominentpart in DivyaPrabandha.DivyaPrabandha iscompiled bytwelve Alvarsof TamilVaishnavas.Thiruppavai is a divine text recited during the Tamilmonth of Margazhi and the Telugu month of Dhanurmasam.In 2009, Margali masam or Dhanur masam starts onDecember 17 and ends on January 14, 2010.The thirty pasurams of Thiruppavai explain about theprinciples of Vaishnava dharma and spiritual importanceduring Margazhi masam. The stanzas are recited bydevotees of Vishnu and Pavai Nombu is observed asDhanurmasa vratam a vow dedicated to Andal is observedduring the month of Margazhi. Vaishnu bhakta, devotees ofLord Vishnu, recite Thiruppavai during the month andspecial naivedyam is offered on each day of Dhanurmasam.Thiruppavai, is ANDAL's anugraham (blessings) toall devotees. These paasurams are in Tamil (Dravidam) andthey lead us gradually to the Lord's lotus feet. The journeystarts from "waking up fellow gopikas" for thevratham(Nonbhu), Till waking up of Lord Himself, who is theonly one to give us the eternal bliss.The paasurams are grouped in to SIX sets of five(5x5+5=30), conveying different contexts. They focus on(1) The ways/steps to perform Nonbhu (2) Maidens, whorecently fell in love with Lord are awakened (3) Those, whoare deeply in love with Krishna born in Gokulam areawakened (4) At Nandhagopan's house, Dhwara Paalakas,Neelai and Kannan are awakened (5) The Maidens prepareKrishna to a state in which He can listen to their appeal (6)Krishnan is ready and the Gopis reveal the purpose of theirvisit and pray for the boons of eternal kaimkaryam.Thiruppavai appears to one, in his own level ofmaturity at different points of time such as -- Thiruppavai ispart of Thiru MANTHRAM" ::: Periyalwar revealed themeaning of OM (pranavam) through his PALLANDUprabandham. ANDAL revealed meaning of NAMONARAYANA. Both father and daughter together revealedastaakshari, "OM NAMO NARAYANA". -- Thiruppavai isequivalent to the Upanishads :Every day during our daily pooja, tirunakshatramsand on every auspicious occassion, we performsattrumarai, set of paasurams, the head and essence ofwhich is Pallandu and Thiruppaavai. Veda siras is reveredas Upanishad. Gita is known as Gitopanishad. SimilarlyThisuppavai is Godapanishad- Andal's anmugraham toRamanuja .Bhagavad Ramanuja wrote commentary onUpanishads. Generally such person was rewarded asBhashyakarar. But Ramanuja did not get the honour for noreason. One day, Andal appeared in his dream and told, hewill be bestowed the honour after he completes hiscommentary on Thiruppavai also. Subsequently Ramanujasucceeded and became Sri Bhashyakaarar and ANDALhis younger sister. --Andal exceeds Sri Devi : Andal isamsam of Sri Devi. Tulasi is the mother. Periyalwar herfather. Emperumanar (Ramanuja) Godagrajar. LordRanganatha is Her swamy. All of us Her children. All theremultiple relations glorify Her more than Periya Piratti SriDevi.
will feature in the successive issuesthe significance of Thiruppavai recited in Tami verses for thebenefit of readers.
Sri Sabarigiri Sastha Seva Sangam, WestMambalam will be conducting the seventh edition of theSri AyappaVilakku Pooja on Sunday Dec.13 at the SriRam Samaj's Ayodhya Mandapam, as per the followingschedule 5.00 am Ganapathy Homam; 9.00 amSahasrnama Archanai; 12.00 Mahadeeparadhanafollowed by annadhanam. In the evening 6.00 pmThiagarajan Guruswamy and party will render Bhajansfollowed by a dance drama by Premalaya NatyaNiketan students. All are welcome.
Homam at Sri Ram Samaj
At Sathyanarayana Temple
Hanumath Jayanthi will be celebrated at the SriSathyanarayana Temple West Mambalam as per thefollowing schedule.8.00 am Visesha Alangaram and specialThirumanjanam; 5.00 pm to7.00 pm Visesha VadaimalaiAlankaram. Those desirous ofparticipatingin the abovefestivities may contact the temple officeand remitRs.250 forThirumanjanam and Rs.300 for Vadaimalai.
At Sri Ram Samaj
Hanumath Jayanthi will be celebrated at the SriRam Samaj from 5.30 pm onwards. All are welcome
Hanumath Jayanthi on Dec.16
Sri Iyappa Vilakku Pooja
Sri Parvatha Malai Girivalam Committee isorganising a Girivalam at Parvatha Malai, inThiruvannamalai, on December 16, to commemoratethe journey of Sri Maha Periyava to the Malai. Sixty fiveyears ago, in 1944, Periyava circumnavigated the holyhill on December 15 (Margazhi 1). He walked the entiredistance from his camp at Kadaladi village.The girivalam on December 16 will start at 5.30a.m. from Sri Vishnu Temple at Kadaladi Palayam,following the road route of about 30 km along thevillages of Melkodi, Pattiyandhal, etc., and return toKadaladi. Those who wish to participate may assembleon the night of December 15, at Sankara MatamVedapatasala, Sannidhi St., Polur.Arrangements for food etc. will be made by thecommittee and no money will be collected for the same.Devotees who wish to participate may register theirnames with the committee. For further details call:Arunachalam Iyer (044 – 27222115) email:email@example.com; Mahabaleshwar Bhat (Ph:04181 222462)
Special girivalam on Dec. 16
A homam to commemorate the forthcoming 'GuruPeyarchi' which takers place on Dec.15 will beconducted at the Sri Ram Samaj, WestMambalam,Tuesday Dec. 15 morning at 7.00 am. All arewelcome.
Stars this week
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For the week Dec - 13 to 19
[ March 21 to April 20 ]Prepare for a challenging task aboutwhich you have been hesitating. You are in abetter position to do it and take the credit.
[ April 21 to May 20 ]You are under a misconception thatyou can do no wrong but your stars warn youto desist from this false notion.
[ May 21 to June 21 ]For those born on Wednesday anawaited opportunity would bring happiness.Monday-born could come under weather.
[ June 22 to July 22 ]A dignified Moon in the house of luckmay boost career-plans. You can take it easyand entrust the hard work to others. Don’t beselfless.
[ July 23 to Aug 22 ]Shun the company of people who arenot what they pose to be. If you trust themblindly, you are in for bad days.
[ Aug 23 to Sept 22 ]Some hard challenges can be taken onhead-on. You can humble a rival who had letyou down in the past. Have faith in yourself.
[Sept 23 to Oct 22 ]Advice of Geminians and Virgoans canbring luck. But avoid malevolent Canceriansand Leos.
[Oct 23 to Nov 22 ]A slow Mars may make spending yourhobby. You may splash money on uselessitems. Tuesday may be expensive.
[ Nov 23 to Dec 22]Jupiter has turned complex. You maydo well in one project but falter in the other.Remain alert or the initiative may slip fromyour grasp.
[Dec 23 to Jan 20]Saturn represents your capability toimpress others. Nobody can get better of youin this art. Reflect on the past but live in thepresent.
[ Jan 21 to Feb 19 ]A lucky week as financial affairs maybe sorted out according to your wishes. Goodtime for sale-purchase of stocks andinvestments.
[Feb 20 to March 20 ]Domestic activities and needs couldattract you. Don’t participate in uselessdiscussions with visitors. A bad time to solvecomplicated issues.