Adhyayana Utsavam

Photos taken at Sri Mudaliandan Swami Thirumaligai - Singaperumal Koil during Adhyayana Utsavam (25 Dec 2011 - 14 Jan 2012)

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The Adhyayana Utsavam means the Study, learning, and remembrance of Vedic Verses. 4000 Divya Prabandham is the composition by the 12 Sri Vaishnava Saints (Azhwars) in praise of Sriman Narayana.

Thirumangai Azhwar, the last of twelve Azhwars sang one of his divine Pasurams (Thiru-Nedun-Thaandakam) to Lord Ranganatha. The Lord (Emperuman) was pleased by the meaning of the pasuram and granted two boons to Thirumangai Azhwar. The Azhwar took this propitious moment and asked Lord Ranganatha the following two boons:

1. The Lord with his divine consorts should listen to the divine Pasurams, Thiruvaimozhi

2. The sacred verses of Azhwars i.e. 4000 Divya Prabhandams should be given the equal status in terms of authority and supremacy to that of Vedas. Lord Ranganatha agreed to the above request and singing of 4000 verses (Divya Prabhandham) has become the Sri Vaishnava tradition of worship. This is celebrated as the Adhyayana Utsavam in Sri Vaishnava temple.

The Adhyayana Utsavam is celebrated 10 days before Vaikunta Ekadasi in the morning hours (called "Pagal Pathu", also known as "Thirumozhi Thirunal) and 10 days after Vaikunta Ekadasi in the evening hours (called "Raa Pathu", also known as "ThirivAimozhi Thirunal").