The month of Thai (Jan – Feb) is an auspicious month with several utsavams and festivals. Let us take a look at a few important ones in Enpani by learning about the significance of some of the ‘stars’ in the Month of Thai.
Thai Punarvasu (Punarpoosam)
Sri Ramanujacharya’s prime sishya and cousin Sri Govinda Perumal (popularly known as Embar) was born on Thai Punarvasu. Sri Ramanuja’s mother and Sri Embar’s mother were sisters. Both of them were sisters of Sri Periathirumalai Nambi. Hence Embar and Ramanuja were cousins.
Thai Pushyam (Poosam)
Guru Pushya Utsavam is celebrated primarily in Sriperumbudur where Sri Ramanuja’s vigraha (idol) was consecrated on this day. Sri Mudaliandan’s son consecrated the idol. (Sri Ramanuja’s birth star is Thiruvadarai and he was born in the month of Chithirai (Apr-May). Similarly, in the case of Sri Nammalwar too there are two significant dates celebrated as utsavams at his birthplace – Avatara Thirunakshatiram on Vaikasi Vishakam and consecration of His thirumeni (idol) in Alwarthirunagari on Masi Vishakam.
Sri Thirumazhisai Azhwar’s Thirunakshathiram (avathara star). He is the fourth amongst the azhwars and was born (after Poigaiazhwar, Boothathazhwar, and Peyazhwar) as the ‘Amsam’ of the Chakra in Thirumazhisai (MahIsara kshetram). While the first three azhwars lived during Dwapara Yuga, Thirumazhisai Azhwar is said to have had a life span of 4700 years (from Dwapara yuga to the beginning of Kali Yuga}. He had several works to his credit but only Thiruchanda vriththam (120 pasurams) and Nanmugan Thiruandhadhi (96 pasurams) are available today and form part of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham.
Sri Koorathazhwan Thirunakshathiram (avathara star). One of the foremost sishyas of Sri Ramanuja, he was born into a very rich HArItha Gothram family in Kooram Village, located between Kancheepuram and Arakonam. He gave up all his wealth and spent his life as a devoted sishya of Ramanujacharya. A significant contribution of his is Panchastavam, comprising of 5 stotrams.
On these significant dates, let us remember these great azhwars and acharyas pray, pay obeisance to them, and contemplate on them, so that we may learn and benefit more fully from their works.
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