April 20th 2016 that is Durmukhi Chitrai Hastham was a great day in Kanchipuram why? This was the Day Varadaraja Perumal chose to rise out of the yagya kundam of Brahma’s Ashvamedha Yagyam. The Day began at Brahma muhurtham and the Attigiri Hill was filled with the auspicious notes of Vedam, Divya prabhandham and stotras. It was a privilege to be present in Kanchi on this auspicious Day. Deva Perumal is full of saulabhyam. He is absolutely approachable and loves to have people around Him.
After listening to the Praises sung by devotees and the distribution of Theertham/,Srisathari Stotrapadal took place. Then at about 9.30 He descended to mount the ‘Indra-vimanam’ stationed near swami Desikan sannidhi. As usual the purappadu began with offering of Srisathari to Swami Desikan. It was an awesome sight to behold “The King of Creation, The Grantor of boons, The Darling of Kanchi” on the golden vimanam travel on Sannidhi Street, West and North Mada street to reach the “avathara utsava bunalow” on North Mada Street. Painted brightly with prominent Tiruman the building catches attention any day. Chitra Hastham is its special Day for the bungalow has the privilege of having Varadaraja Perumal the whole day. Perumal along with Sri and Bhu enjoys Tirumanjanam at about 1.30 and starts on His sojourn of North, East, South Mada veedhis, Anaikati theru and Sannidhi Street before returning to the temple. The residents sprinkled cold cow dung water and made elaborate kolams to greet Perumal on His avathara day happy to have Him stand infront of their houses and accept fruits and dry fruits and sugar candy. Let us sing with swami Desikan” Long Live Arulalan, Long Live Attigiri!
Writeup by: Smt Vyjayanthi Rajan & Photography: Sri Ranganathan & Sri Krishna Durai