Monday, August 25, 2008

Lord followed Instructions at Vekka

Emperuman, out of grace to his bhaktas gives darshan in Sayana sevai (sleeping posture) in 27 divya desams. Emperuman’s kidhantha thirukolam (sleeping posture) in the divya desams, are broadly classified into 8 types, which are called ashtavidha sayana divya desam. In all these divya desams the lord would have either turned to his left or would have been seen lying flat (that is the lords head would always be on your left side and the thiruvadi (his lotus feet) would be on your right side), except for one divya desam.

In this divya desam, vekka, the moolavar (presiding deity) is seen reclining on Anandha (five headed snake, popularly known as Adhiseshan) with his thiruvadi (lotus feet) to devotees’ left, unlike any other temple. In the sanctum sanctorum the lord is seen with Saraswathi and Taayaar Komalavalli Nachiyaar.

The lord of this temple is Vega sethu. Emperuman came here to block the ferocious flow of Vagavathi (Saraswathi) river which was on the way to engulf the aswametha yagam of Brahma which was being performed in Athigiri hill (the present day sanctum sanctorum of Varadaraja temple in kanchipuram). The Vega Sethu then became Vegavanai and then finally named as Vekkanai and finally became "Vekka". Emperuman graced devotes in sayana thirukolam, lying from left to right (as seen in other divya desams) up until 7th Century AD. As Lordess Saraswathi is the reason for the lord’s presence, she is present along with the lord.

Reason for the change in position of the lord:
When Thirumazhisai Alwar was living in Kanchipuram, a very old lady (Daasi) used to do kainkaryam by cleaning his house daily. On becoming happy on the favour she is doing daily to him, Alwar changed her from old lady to a beautiful woman. After this, wondering at the beauty, the king married the woman and she became the queen of the place. On hearing the secret of an old lady becoming a beautiful woman, he was in an eager mood to meet Thirumazhisai Alwar.

The king called up Kani Kannan, who was a great disciple of Thirumazhisai Alwar, and asked that Thirumazhisai Alwar should come to his palace and should sing a poem on praising him. On hearing this, Kani Kannan said that all the poems and songs that comes from the mouth of Thirumazhisai Alwar belongs to Emperuman and it is impossible for him to come to the palace and sing a poem on praising the king.

On hearing this, he showed lots of gold ornaments, silver items, Diamonds etc to Kani Kannan and since he being very close to Thirumazhisai Alwar, at least he could sing a poem on praising him. But, Kani Kannan refused to do so and said he will not sing praising humans. The King got angry on hearing this and ordered him to get out from Kanchi at once.

Kani Kannan went to Thirumazhisai Alwar and explained all about that had happened in the palace and prepared to start getting out from Kanchipuram. Thirumazhisai Alwar also prepared to start from Kanchi along with Kani Kannan. While they were going, he sung a song on the Yadhothakari Perumal as Kani Kannan is leaving Kanchipuram, he is also going along with him and Alwar asks the Perumal to get up from Anandan, which is the bed for him and roll it and wants him to quit from Kanchi.

The Perumal also got out from Kanchipuram following the Alwar and Kani Kannan. On hearing this, the king and all the people of Kanchi, begged Kani Kannan to return back to Kanchipuram.

And after this, Kani Kannan along with Thirumazhisai Alwar came back to Kanchipuram. When returning, Alwar sung a song asking that Kani Kannan has returned back to Kanchipuram and he want the Perumal to go and sleep in his Anandan in the temple. On hearing this, Emperuman comes back to Thiruvekka temple.

Since the Perumal obeyed the words of Thirumazhisai Alwar and did what he said, he is called as "Sonna Vannam seitha perumal". Sonna vannam seitha means obeying and doing the same what was told to him. This name became famous and the lord is identified by this name only. Some call the lord as Yathothagari, which in Sanskrit means the same.

As a proof that the lord went out and came back, he is reclining from right to left.
Mangalaasaasanam: A total of 15 pasurams has been sung on this lord.
  • Poigai Alwar has sung 1 pasuram (2158)
  • Pei Alwar has sung 4 pasurams (2307, 2343, 2345, 2357)
  • Thirumazhisai Alwar has sung 3 pasurams (814, 815, 2417)
  • Nam Alwar has sung 1 pasuram (2503)
  • Thirumangai Alwar has sung 6 pasurams (1854, 2059, 2064, 2065, 2673(70), 2674 (127)

Location: This divya desam is located in Kanchipuram, which is about 50 Kms. from Chennai, very near Varadarajan temple.

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