|Vishnu emerging thru Swarga Vaasal, Srirangam, TN.knramesh - blogger|
|Ranganathar temple, Srirangam. commons.wikimedia.org|
the Brahma Muhurtham is especially dedicated to the Devas. It is the time between 4.00 am to 6.00 am and is believed to be auspicious to engage in puja, studies, practicing music, etc. (Actually Brahma Muhurtha is a period one and a half hours before sunrise or more precisely 1Hr 36 Mins before sunrise, an auspicious time for religious practices, etc.)Many religious rituals and activities related to Vaishnavisam and Shivaism are scheduled to take place in this period.
In the case of Vaishnavism, rendering of
the Tirupaavai Pasurams in all Vishnu temple in Margazhi is a great event, in particular, at Sri Villiputhur Andal temple dedicated to Sri Andal (Lakshmi) and Vishnu (Rengamanner), who composed the divine songs Thirupavai.
Yet another festival of great religious importance at the Vishnu temple is Vaikuntha Ekadasi - the most renowned and auspicious festival for which Srirangam Ranganathar temple is famous and is held in grand style which you can not see any other temple. Here, the Adhyayana Utsavam is held for 21 long days. During the first 10 days prior to Vaikuntha Ekadasi, the recitation of the first 1000 divine verses, the beautiful Tiruvaimozhi by Nammazhwar – the most important part of the - Nalayera (four thousand) Divya Prabhandam Pasurams dedicated to Lord Vishnu / Narayana takes place. It is chanted by a group of selected people with intense dedication and devotion. This period before Ekadasi is called Pagal Pathu.
On the day of Vaikuntha Ekadasi temple festival, the presiding deity Sri Ranganathar, well dressed and adored with valuable jewelry comes out of What is called Pramapadha Vaasal ' Swarga Vaasal (Door of Heaven; a specially designated door in every Vishnu temple). People in thousands worship the lord when he emerges from the Swarga Vaasal. The tradition has it that devotees who pray to the Lord while comig out of the Door to Paradise, will be blessed with no rebirth. They will be free from the cycle of birth and death and will attain eternal rest in the shadow of the divine lord. Normally, this ceremonious ritual will be held before dawn around 4 am.
|Ariyar sevai, Srirangam. Araya samajam - blogger|
Vaikunta Ekadasi is a very important significant celebration in Vishnu temples like Tirupati, Srirangam, Kumbakonam and Kanchipuram. At the Bhadrachalam Temple it is celebrated on a grand scale. So at Vishnu temples in Kerala where it is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi. Here, the presiding deity (Utchavar) is taken in a procession around the temple.
For the Vaishnavites, Srirangam is the most important temple next to Tirupathi, AP. During the Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrations, all the 21 days devotees throng the temple to seek the lord's blessing to start the New Year afresh with positive attitude to achieve success, prosperity and peace of mind. Fasting the whole day is an important aspect this important festival. So are devotional activities like meditation, Japa or bhajans.
Vaikuntha Ekadasi". The Hindu. 2003-12-29. Retrieved 2007-04-19.