Yesterday,9 February 2014, Vijaya Thai Rohini, Tiruppavai Satrumurai was done at Sathajith Bhavanam (Tirukudanthai Andavan Mani Mandapam) located at the junction of West Chitra Veedhi and North Chitra Veedhi. U.Ve Adoor Asuri Madhavachariar Swami who prefers to known as the Shisyan of Tirukundanthai Andavan Swami has been rendering Tiruppavai lectures for the past 45 days. Usually Tiruppavai satrumurai is done on Bhoghi with Andal Kalyanam. But Andal willed that it should happen on Thai Rohini and so it happened that a hall completely packed with devotees enjoyed the last pasuram of Tiruppavai and a beautiful rendering of Andal Tirukalyanam rendered by swami in his inimitable style simply told without compromising the depth and philosophy of Swami Emberumanar Sampradhayam.
Each pasuram was a treat to hear and the different layers of meaning and interpretations were fantastic. Every statement made was substantiated with pramanams from Azhwars, Ramanuja, Swami Desikan and above all Tirukudunthai Andavan Swami. His anectodes of 44th Srimadh Azhagiasingar and Srimadh Andavan were ennobling and transported us to those good old days. Swami’s enthusiasm in telling, the melodious rendering of pasurams and Swami Desikan’s slokams, the upanishad references etc etc brought to light the greatness of Andal’s Tiruppavai which we recite mechanically.After Andal kalyanam everyone got prasadam offered to Ranganayaki Thayar (mysore-pak and pulihore) and went home happily yet sad that this year’s Tiruppavai anubhavam was over.
Writeup and Photography : Vyjayanthi and Sundararajan