Wow Prabhu I'm so jealous of you You got to witness the Kaisika Natakam and Araiyar Sevai in person I hope I'll get to see it someday as well Thank you for the wonderful summary and commentary. I hope to meet you and your friends in the coming years at this wonderful event.
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Wow Prabhu I'm so jealous of you You got to witness the Kaisika Natakam and Araiyar Sevai in person I hope I'll get to see it someday as well Thank you for the wonderful summary and commentary. I hope to meet you and your friends in the coming years at this wonderful event. Madam, Thanks for writing in and for the kind words.
Congrats on your initiative at Thiru Kurungudi and also for taking it other Divya Desams. I think my wife is part of the troupe this year presenting the Natakam on 13th night Many Thanks also for your timely letter for the Srivilliputhur Araiyar I had written that piece on the Araiyar on the Aadi Pooram day.
He has recently been chosen for the President's National award. My prayers for you to continue your great service to Divya Desams and for helping keep alive the ancient art forms. Are there any arrangements for accommodation in the village?
Is there any arrangement for dvAdashI pAraNai? Thanks in advance, SrinivAsan. Sir, All accommodations have been booked three months in advance. You may call Murali Bhattar and he will help with both your queries.
Post a Comment. Friday, December 4, Kaisika Puranam in Thirukurungudi. Parasara Bhattar, son of KoorathAzhvaan, took the story of a complex Kaisika Puranam in Sanskrit and created the vyakyaanam, in Tamil, in a simple, easily understandable language that was hitherto non existent. Kaisika Puranam Story Kaisika Puranam revolves around Nambaduvan, a low caste person belonging to the Baanar family, his unflinching faith in Lord Nambi and how he was instrumental in liberating a Rakshasha from a curse and helping him attaining Vaikunta Moksham.
Every night, he would walk several miles to the Thiru Kurungudi Nambi temple, and for hours together would stand in front of the temple with a Veena in his hand and sing praise of Lord Nambi. And before dawn, he would leave the temple. One night, as he was making his way to the temple, a Brahmma Rakshasha stopped him and wanted him for dinner.
Undaunted by this sudden turn of events, Nambaduvan, who had the purest of devotion for Lord Nambi, requested the Rakshasha to allow him to go to the temple for a night, so he could keep up his Kaisika Ekadesi Vratha, with the assurance to come back the next morning after singing praise of Lord Nambi, one last time.
Nambaduvan made 18 promises that night to the Rakshasha. Through these promises, narrated beautifully in the Kaisika Puranam as part of this lengthy discussion between Nambaduvan and Brahmma Rakshasha, one comes to know of the different sins we commit every day in our lives as a result of not adhering to some of the basic values in life.
And I will become a sinner who will never get Moksham from this cycle of births. This extraordinary promise moved the Rakshasha and he let him go. After having spent the entire night possibly for the last time in front of Kurungkudi Nambi, he made his way back to the Rakshasha as promised.
Nambaduvan showcases the way to live. On his way back, Lord Nambi, disguised as an old Brahmin, sought the reason for his rushing back much in contrast to his usually slow and thoughtful walk, and on hearing him out condemned Nambaduvan as a fool and offered protection from the Rakshasha. Nambaduvan rejected this offer, as fulfilling the promise was more important to him than his own life. I have given him a promise and I have to fulfil it.
Hence, I will have to go back to the Rakshasha and if he has to take me as his prey, so be it. On seeing Nambaduvan, the Rakshasha wondered as to how he could come back, despite being under the threat of being consumed.
Even more to his surprise, Nambaduvan came close to the Rakshasha and offered himself as his prey. Brahmma Rakshasha attains Moksham. By now, the Rakshasha had changed his mind. He rather directed Nambaduvan to share the fruits of the entire songs that he had thus far sung in praise of Lord Nambi.
After several exchanges, where Nambaduvan repeatedly offered himself as the prey and Rakshasha continued asking for the fruits of the songs, the Rakshasha explained the reason for his current Rakshasha status — He was a Brahmin by name Soma Sharma in his previous birth. His arrogance, as the all knowing, led him to miss a mantra in a Yagna and he was cursed to this current Rakshasha form by the Devas. Herambanathan all the way from Thanjavur to present this dance drama every year on the Kaisika Ekadesi night.
Gopi, an amateur artiste working as a Junior Assistant at Sastra University in Thanjavur, played the powerful role of the Brahmma Rakshasha with ease. While the entire portrayal of the Brahmma Rakshasha was exemplary, it was the last scene- where he pleads with Nambaduvan to relieve him from the curse of his previous birth and to help attain moksham- that brought tears to the eyes of the devotees and received non stop applause and appreciation, one that continued long after the Kaisika Natakam ended Gopi has now specialized in the role of Brahmma Rakshasha with this being the 10th year of his performance at the Thiru Kurungudi temple.
Equally commendable was the performance of Dr. Sumathi Sundar, who played the role of Nambaduvan. She matched Gopi scene for scene and was especially impressive in the portrayal of the Sathya Sankalpam- the 18promises of Nambaduvan, where she captured the imagination of the audience with a pleasing display. Arunodhaya too impressed in the role of Lord Nambi disguised as a Brahmin.
Clock had ticked to am, but it was not time to leave yet. Also, the Araiyar, through this Abhinayam, brought out an important historical information relating to the Thiru Kurungudi temple - that of Lord Shiva being alongside Kurungudi Nambi.
He followed it up with the Abhinayam of the Thiruvoi Mozhi Paasuram:. As he performed this Abhinayam, one could visualize the beautiful Thirumeni of Lord Nambi, part by part.
Araiyar Sevai was followed by the recital of the Kaisika Puranam. While Thiru Kurungudi temple is home to Kaisika Puranam and this traditional Kaisika Natakam has been revived to its past glory, it would be a worthwhile exercise for Anita Ratnam to consider taking the Kaisika Natakam to more Divya Desams in Tamil Nadu.
Presenting the Kaisika Natakam in a lot more temples could go a long way in re-instilling, in us, the sense of values that Nambaduvan showcased to the world several centuries ago. Labels: Divya Desams Festivals. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
The Story of Kaisika Puranam
This is a story of a devotee of Sriman Narayana. Our story starts at Thirukurungudi, in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu which is on the banks of the holy Tamaraparni river. On the outskirts of this holy place, there lived a devotee who was born in a chandala family. Every night he would set out with his veena and after reaching close to the temple he would offer songs to Perumal to the accompaniment of his veena. Before people realised what he was doing he would return home.
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