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Radha Kalyanam 2013

Vilangudi Radha Kalyanam

The Radhakalyanam is a three day function held every year in the tamil month of Margazhi. The unique aspect of the Radha Kalyanam is that the wedding (kalyanam) of the lord is conducted on a Saturday only. Devotees in large number gather in Vilangudi from various towns and cities to attend this function.

For conducting the Radhakalyanam each year, one or more families undertake the expenses of the “samarthanai” and “abhishegam”. This is usually a prarthanai (vow) taken by these families to conduct the same seeking the blessings of the Lord. The samarthanai is usually booked well in advance (most of the times during the conduct of the Radha Kalyanam itself) for the next year.

Another unique aspect of the Radha Kalyanam at Vilangudi is that the “kalyana utsavam” is celebrated just like a traditional marriage with events like “maalai matral” (exchange of garlands), “podi suthuthal” (for warding off the evil eye). Also the vigrahas of Radha and Krishna are decorated separately on different pedestals (in most kalyana utsavams the deities are kept together). The idols of the lord and consort are taken out in a procession into the kalyana pandal laid in front of the main entrance of the temple and the maalai maatral is performed in the pandal with ladies singing along and nadaswaram as in traditional household marriages.

The General Schedule

Radha kalyanam was conducted last year on 25-Dec-2010 and was the 112th Year Radhakalyanam. The 113th year function is scheduled to be performed on 30-Dec-2011.  This year (2011) a grand namasankeerthana mela is proposed to be conducted.







Offering Paruppu Thengai

Devotees offer a pair of paruppu thengai every year during the Radhakalyanam day at the temple. They do this while praying to the deities in this temple that the marriage for the boys or girls in their family be settled with a good alliance soon. This has been in practice from a very long time and there is a strong belief in this offering by devotees. Many families have received the blessings with their boys/girls getting married with a good alliance by the God's grace.

Devotees make themselves present during the occasion with one pair of Paruppu Thengai, along with other "seer varisai" and place this before the Radha Krishna idols with Kalyana alankaram on the morning of the Radhakalyanam day. The paruppu thengai and seer varisai are taken out by the devotees and family and brought to the Maha Mandapam after making a pradakshinam of the temple. This is done just before the "Thirumangalya Dharanam".

As can be seen the growing belief in this practice is resulting in the Maha Mandapam being filled up with the paruppu thengai and seer.

Devotees who are not able to attend in person on that day would arrange to offer the Paruppu Thengai through anyone else known to them.

Now, the Organisers have made arrangements to prepare the Paruppu Thengai at the temple premises itself and send the prasadam to the devotees by post, for which the charges including postage is Rs 200/-. Devotees wishing to utilize this service are requested to send the name of the boy or girl with their star and gothram for doing the archana with the amount informing full postal address for sending the prasadam.

Bhagavathas

Kalyanasundara Bhagavathar, Ramanatha Bhagavathar and Sivaramakrishna Bhagavathar lived all their life in Vilangudi. They knew all the Sampradhaya Bhajan pandathi like Radhakalyanam and Seetha Kalyanam. They performed Radhakalyanam every year accompanying eminent Bhagavathars like Thiruvaiyaru Nagaraja Bhagavathar, Kumbakonam Balu Bhagavathar and Harmonium accompaniments Teperummanallur Ramaswamy Bhagavathar, Cuddalore Venugopala Iyer, Mayuram Mani Iyer and Mridangam by Injikollai Rajagopala Iyer, Palur Ramakrishna Iyer, Mayavaram Nanu Dikshitar and others.

Currently bhagavathars who take part are Vilangudi Viswanatha Bhagavathar, Thapplampuliyur Sundaresa Bhagavathar, Kudanthai E.K. Sreenivasa Bhagavathar, E.K. Jayarama Bhagavathar, Serkalathur Narayana Siva Bhagavathar, Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar, Nannilam Ramanatha Bhagavathar, Sethalapathy Balasubramania Bhagavathar, Thiruvannamalai Pichumani Bhagavathar, Kuppuraj Bhagavathar, Udayalur Balarama Bhagavathar, Madipakkam Ramamoorthy Bhagavathar and the members of the Bhaktirasa Bhajan Mandali, Vilangudi.

Accompaniments are Nannilam Ramanatha Bhagavathar (Harmonium), Thanjavur Sri Rajesh (Harmonium), Umayalpuram Sethurama Bhagavathar (Harmonium), Vilangudi Sivakumar (Mridangam), Poonkulam Ramakrishnan (Mridangam), Poompuhar Babu Rajashekar (Mridangam), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam) Srirangam Vaghulabharanam (Tabla), Thiruvannamalai Kuppuraj (Dolak).


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