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    My shastanga Namskarams to Nam Perual and Sri Ranga Nachiyar!
    Chithirai Bramothsavam Viruppan thirunaal 2nd Day of Utthsavam

    Today is the second day of the uthsavam. Lord Namperumal starts early
    on day 2 at 6:30 AM from the Kanadi Arai(Mirror Palace) and walks
    (oyyara nadai) around the Chithra streets and arrives at Asthana
    Mandapam of Kodiyalam Seshadri Iyengar Mandapam at 10:30 AM.
    There are many mandapams in Srirangam where the Deity is brought over
    for resting for sometime on the way to Aasthana Mandapam along the way
    there are also many holy ponds, some of which are Vraja theertham,
    Sarayu theertham Vriksha theertham, Kadamba theertham, Shanku
    theertham, Aja theertham, Chandra pushkarani Surya pushkarani etc.,
    over which unfortunately many buildings and many flats have been
    constructed currently!
    On the way towards Aasthana mantapam all the ubayadars (Donors) do the
    kainkaryam of our Namperumal offering fruits / flowers and prasadam¬

    The Lord provides darshan to all His devotees at the asthana mandapam
    until 6:30 PM before getting on His Karpaga Vriksha Vaaganam.¬ After
    going around the Chithra streets, Lord Namperumal arrives at the
    Vagana Mandapam at 8:45 PM.¬ At 9:15 PM, Lord Namperumal retires back
    at His temporary abode of kannadi arai.

    Today let us see about the Karpaga Vriksham and its significance
    starting with my personal experience:

    It is believed( and I personally think it as a FACT) that while having
    Darshan of Azhagiya Manavalan on the Karpaga Vriksham, the whole Earth
    is cooled and there is ALWAYS rain. I have seen this personally many
    years as Archagar. It always rains when Namperumal¬ gives Darshan on
    the Karpaga Vriksham. It was no different this year, I spoke with my
    wife and daughter who are currently in Sri Rangam who told me about
    this year's Rain! The amazing thing about this year(Today) was that
    while our Naam Perumal was making His rounds on the Chitra streets,
    there was NO rain. Because our Ranganthan, while being the Supreme, is
    also like a Baby, and it is not right for Him to get wet. But I was
    told by my wife, that as soon as the Lord finished his rounds and
    reached the Vahana Mandapam, it was a DOWN-POUR!! It is truly amazing
    to me, how nature itself bends to His will. It is raining heavily in
    Sri Rangam currently, cooling the Earth, and giving the much needed
    water of life by the Grace of¬ Lord Ranganathan!

    Karpaga Vriksham is a wish-fulfilling divine tree that is mentioned in
    the Rig Veda. Along with the Kamadhenu, or 'wish-giving cow', the
    Kalpavriksha originated during the churning of the milk ocean, and the
    King of the devas, Indra returned with it to his paradise. The wish
    tree is one of those prized possessions of the earlier era when
    humanity was in its infant stages. Science was practically
    non-existent and for human beings to survive, a source was needed to
    fulfill its basic requirements and necessities. At this stage, there
    were Karpaga Vriksha spread all over so that one could ask for
    anything one wished and all wishes were fulfilled then and there. Wish
    Tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position
    or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings.
    Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or
    spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in
    order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess for
    fulfillment of a wish.

    Here is a verse from Sri Brahma Samhitha, a Sanskrit Pancaratra text,
    composed of verses of prayer spoken by Brahma to Govinda at the
    beginning of creation quoting Karpaga Vriksha or¬ Kalpa-vriksha being
    abundent in Sri Vaikundam.

    Chintamani prakara sadmasu kalpa-vriksha
    Lakshavriteshu surabhir abhipalayantam |
    Lakshmi sahasra sata sambhrama sevyamanam
    Govindam adi purusham tam aham bhajami ||

    worship Govinda, the Primeval Supreme Lord. His Divine Abode is
    strewn with beautiful houses built with touchstone, surrounded by
    millions of Desire Trees. There the Lord, served with utmost love and
    respect by hundreds of thousands of Goddesses of Fortune, looks after
    the well-being of millions of Surabhi cows, who give unlimited
    quantities of milk.

    With our Namperumal mounted on the Karpaga Vriksha vaganam, one who
    seeks His blessings under this tree gets all their prayers answered
    and fulfilled. Thus the Lord grants all that is wished by His true
    devotees and shows them the path of enlightenment that leads His
    bhakthas to His lotus feet.

    .Will discuss more about simha vahanam & Yaali vahanam tomorrow.
    Vachaka dosham Kshamikavum (Apologies for any mistakes)

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