The main events of the Chithirai festival or Chithirai Brahmotsavam observed by Arulmigu Sundaraja Perumal Temple, Alagarkoil is Ethirsevai. As explained in part one of the posts Lord Kallazhagar (Lord Vishnu) takes out long procession to Madurai to attend his sister Sri Meenakshi’s marriage with Lord Sundareswarar. As a brother he carries lot of gifts (the formal seer varisai) to his sister Sri Meenakshi.
Lord Kallazhagar’s Procession to Madurai
The Lord’s well decorated palanquin left his temple on Saturday, 16th April 2011 amidst the ritualistic music and dance performed by devotees. The procession passed through the villages such as Thenur, Poikaraipatti, Kallandri, Appan Thirupathi and reached Moondrumavadi on Sunday, 17th April 2011 at 06.a.m. Thereafter the procession continued and reached the conventional halting places (Mandagapadi) like Mariamman Temple, Pudur (09.00 a.m), Mariamman Temple, Reserve Line (10.30 a.m), Ambalakarar Mandapam, Outpost (05.20 p.m), Prasanna Ventachalapathy Temple, Tallakulam (09.30 p.m), and Karuppanaswamy temple (02.30 a.m). Thousands and thousands of devotees gathered all along the en route to welcome the Lord and worshiped the lord with aarthi.
At Thenur the Lord is relieved the curse of sage Mandoogar (Maharishi) also known as Suthapas. The sage was cursed sage Durvasar to become frog. The mandooga means frog. The sage observed penance and appealed the Lord to relieve his curse. The lord was graceful and relieved his curse. The villagers at Thenur will enact this event every year during the procession.
Sri Andal’s Garland
At Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Temple, Tallakulam, the Lord will receive and wears the garland forwarded by Sri Andal Temple, Srivillipuththur (located at Virudhunagar district, South Tamil Nadu). The poet / saint Sri Andal (‘Soodithantha sudarkodi’ or ‘Kothai Nachiyar) is one of the 12 azhvars. Lord Vishnu accepted her as his consort and married her.
Lord kallazhagar on Golden Horse at River Vaigai
The entry of the Lord to Madurai will be considered as good sign. On Monday, 18th April 2011 the Lord will be assumed as Lord Sundararaja Perumal and will be mounted on a beautiful golden horse. The Lord’s entry into the holy river Vaigai will takes place in between 6 a.m. to 6.30 a.m. tomorrow.
The Lord will eagerly make an entry in the holy river Vaigai, wherein he will be informed about the celestial marriage between Lord Sundareswarar and goddess Meenakshi by Veeraraghava Perumal. Soon the Lord gets angry and decides to get back to his abode back. In the meantime he accepts the invitation extended by his woman devotee (the woman comes from the Islamic faith / family) and visits her place.
The color of the silk robe adorned by the Lord is the most significant one. There are lot of beliefs on the color. Green color signifies food production from agriculture. White, yellow and even red colors are considered as auspicious.
Mohana Avatar / Flower Palanquin
On Wednesday, 20th April 2011, there will be Mohana Avatar in the morning and in the night the Lord will appear in Pushpa Pallakku (flower palanquin).
Return Back to Alagarkoil
When the Lord returns to his temple, his consort goddess Mahalakshmi will get angry with her spouse for the visit paid to the Muslim devotee and prevents him at the door step. The Lord will be waiting at the door step for days together. Later he will enter into the temple and unites with his consort.
Sri Kallalagar temple, Alagar Kovil Devasthanam, Madurai – 625 001Tirumaaliruncholai Divya Desam 102 Pandya Naadu·
- Prime Deity: Azhagar, Malalangarar, Maalirunsolai Nambi.
Consort (Thaayar): Sundaravalli ·
- Tower (Vimaanam): Somasundara Vimanam ·
- Posture : Perumal at this Divya Desam is in Nindra thirukkolam (Standing Posture) ·
- Direction Facing: Facing East Direction ·
- Holy Water (Theertham): Noopura Gangai or Silambaaru, Hanuman theertam, Garuda theertam. ·
- Timings: Morning 5.00 – Afternoon 12.30 and Evening 4.00 – Night 8.30 ·
- Festivals: Chithirai Festival, Vasanthotsavam – Tamil month Vaikasi, Brahmotsavam Tamil month Aadi (car festival), Gajendra Moksham – Tamil month Maasi, Celestial wedding – Tamil month Panguni ·
- Hymns (Pasuram) Mangalasasanam performed by: Periyalsar, Andal, Tirumangaialwar, Bhootattalwar,Peyalwar, Nammalwar – 128 verses
- The Hindu http://www.hindu.com/2004/05/04/stories/2004050412080300.htm
Kallazhagar at Amabalakarar Mantapam
Azhagar in Vaigai River