Sri Jayanthi utsavam 2013
THE SCENT THAT STILL WAFTS...
AVANI - TRIBUTE TO SRIKRISHNA
3 days before the utsavam
Panchakavya Praasanam - shuddhi for persons & place
Kumbha Sthapanam, Poojai for four sthanam
Planting the Dwajasthambam after 2 days Tirumanjanam for it (in picture, click for more beautiful pictures)
THE DAY BEFORE UTSAVAM....MORNING
Visvaksenar purappadu to Kolledom
Mrithsangrahanam begins - taking holy sand
Visvaksenar purappadu back to Gurukulam (in picture, click for more beautiful pictures)
THE DAY BEFORE UTSAVAM....NIGHT
Raksha bandhanam -The children donning the archaka role tie the sacred thread around the wrist Ceremony for opening the eyes of SriGaruda
UTSAVAM - DAY 1....EARLY MORNING
The dawn opens up very pleasant. The excitement eluded sleep for the children.
They rise very early and all rituals done for Garuda Prathishtai.
Kasturi Rangan, fresh and joyous,arrives at Gurukulam terrace with Ubhaya Nachimars.
Kumbha sthapanam done.
The Grand Garuda Prathishtai,signifying the commencement of celebration.
1st DAY NIGHT : INVITATION TO ALL
We invite people for our child's birthday.The Gurukulam children invite the 33 crore devathas,Yakshas, Gandharvas and all humans to join in the celebration of Kasturi Rangan's birthday
BHERI THAADANAM :Playing the drums to invite all for utsavam
1st DAY NIGHT : INDRA'S GIFT
On the stormy turbulent day, when Vrindavan was almost marooned in the anger of Indra, the little insignificant looking fellow called Krishna lifted a huge mountain and protected life , both human and cattle.That eventful day became the coronation of the Lord of the Universe as the Lord of cattle, as the Lord of the common man "GOVINDA PATTABHISEKAM". The children of Gurukulam wanted to gift the Lord something for such an eventful coronation. They wanted to do what Indra had missed.
Gift the Lord Indra Vimanam, a cute vehicle for the Lord.
The glittering Indra vimanam with Lord.
Night purappadu(procession) with goshti.
Special dish for Perumal : Appam, Murukku and other Bakshanams.
2nd DAY NIGHT : AN IMITATION
While we try imitating our friends, TV personalities, our Lord Srimannarayana does something peculiar. He tries to dress up like SriMahalakshmi and imitate her manners. Though very ambitious a task,nevertheless, he does need credit for trying to imitate Loka-Maata !
Special Dish : Akkara-adisil
3rd DAY MORNING: TO A BHAKTHA'S HOUSE
The third day morning, SriKasturi Rangan and his chirpy youthful entourage decide to move out of the Thiruveedhis to the house of a Bhaktha for Ubhayam. The Lord was received with great excitement by the whole colony!
4th DAY NIGHT: ON THE LORD OF THE SKY
It is detailed that when the Lord descended to save SriGajendra from the clutches of the Crocodile, the Lord's anxiety was far more than during the gigantic work of creation. Hair unkempt, ornaments distastefully worn,inelegantly dressed. That was how He looked. And yet, despite forgetting so many essentials, the Lord did not deny Shri Garuda his kainkaryam. Was SriGaruda so indispensable to Perumal? No. Perumal was so indispensable to SriGaruda ! and knowing the heart of the Bhaktha well, the Lord gave him his kainkaryam though other formalities weredispensed with during this emergency. The Lord on SriGaruda.
Special Dish for Perumal : Amruthakalasham ( a Jaggery sweet)
5th DAY NIGHT: THE TRUE SCHOLAR
As the son of the most valiant and influential Emperor Dasharatha, Lord Rama knew many men of intellectual excellence and scholarship. But it was on that eventful meeting atop the Rishyamukha parvatham the Lord knew who a true scholar was. Mesmerized by the eloquence of SriHanuman in disguise, the Lord poured praise on the NavaVyakarana Pandithar ( master of 9 grammatical sastras). To SriRama, Hanuman epitomizes a flawless Personality. The Lord on SriHanumantha Vaahanam.
Special dish for Perumal : Bananas