Friday, June 23, 2017

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple, Woraiyur – Festivals

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple, Woraiyur – Festivals
Serthi Sevai, the annual home coming festival is celebrated in the temple annually during the Ayilyam star in the Tamil month of Panguni. The festival is a part of the Panguni Uthiram festival of Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, when the festival idol of Srirangam temple, Namperumal, is brought to the Nachiyar temple and the images of Nachiyar and Namperumal are adorned in the Serthi hall of the temple. Special rituals are performed during the occasion. 
The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Thiruppaan Alvar, one of the twelve Azhwar saints belonging to the 6th - 8th centuries. In Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, a yearly birth festival of Tirupannazhwar is celebrated with Vishwaroopam darshan of Ranganatha at the sanctum on the occasion of his birthday. The festive idol of Tirupannazhwar is taken from the temple to Srirangam. Tiupana is accorded with grand honours called "Keezha Padi Honours".
A Parivattam (silk turban) is tied on the Azhwar's head, adorned with garland, shawl is wrapped around his shoulders and sacred sandal paste is handed to him, all of which are believed to bring a smile on the face of the azhwar. An hour later, the image of the azhwar is taken to Nammazhwar shrine and then Thayar shrine, with the chanting of Nalayira Divya Prabandham with the verses of the azhwar's work Amalanaathipiraan.
In the Azhagiya Manavala Perumal temple, a 10-day festival is celebrated in parallel that includes Araiyar Sevai, Veda Paaraayanam (reciting of Vedas), special Thirumanjanam (ablution) and procession inside the temple. Against the traditional practice of Perumal going through the Sorga Vasal on the Vaikunda Ekadasi day (December-January), Mother takes this privilege in this temple. There is no Brahmotsavam conducted in this Divya Desam.
Other Festivals:
·        Kodai Uthsavam - Vaikasi/Aani - 10 days
·        Vasantha Uthsavam - Vaikasi/Aani - 7 days
·        Navarathri Uthsavam - Purattasi - 9 days
·        Dolothsavam - Kaarthigai - 7 days
·        Thiru Adhyayana Uthsavam - Thai/Maasi - 11 days
·        Theppa Uthsavam - Maasi - 7 days
·  Sri Kamalavalli Naachiyar - Sri Azhagiya Manavalan Serthi - Panguni Aayilyam - 1 day.
·   Apart from the above Utsavams Thaayar will have Purapadu on every Friday.

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