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    Margazhi Bajanai - Before sunrise with Pongal prasadam

    When I was In MUSIRI/ near Trichy, Everyday in the Month of Margazi, early morning, (It should be before sunrise), we used to walk down the street singing Bajanai songs with many "Mamas' (26 years back, approx). Many mami's & Mamiyoda ponngal-s would draw the Kolum in front of their houses with Poosani poovum, Maatu Chaaniyum. ("andha iruttalayum, super Kolam").

    The bajanai will finish at the perumal koil with a tasty,tasty Ven pongal & Sakarai Pongal.

    I just wanted to know, is it still followed in other villages / Cities?.

    "Vanga Kadal kadandha... Maadhavanai Kesavanai...
    Ongi Ulagalandha Uthaman Per Paadi...."

    Those songs from the loud speakers were our Suprabadams....

    Whole Month!!!!!!!!!.


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    Margazhi Month is a month for propitiation of Gods.It is still followed and practised although not with the same fervour and Intensity of yesteryears.Most of the Temples open by 5 am or even earlier and the recorded Tiruppavai,Tiruvenbavai are all played through speakers.Prasadams are given to public.People get up early and visit temples early morning.It is believed that entire Margazhi is the usath kalam for GODS.Lots of Music/Bhakthi/Pravachanams are held in Temples and on TV Channels during this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pvraman View Post

    I just wanted to know, is it still followed in other villages / Cities?.


    PV
    In some places in Kerala , it is still followed,but the no.of persons has much dwindled.


    Greetings

    p.s : Under 'Agraharams" hread I suggested a sub forum, for discussing such nostalgic experiences.I still hold the view.
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    HMMM.....

    I experienced this till I studied 5th std in periakulam. I dont about the present day situation. Anyhow, I wont go with them. I prostrate before them in half-sleep. My brother even wont do that. He will justify to my mom that, yesterday only he did some nuisance in that same street, and how can he prostrate in the street this morning??? (A nice query). Also, he is too too hygeinic. I myself wont consider these things. I will do whatever things that make my mom happy and instead bring scoldings to my brother.

    After a few years, learnt thirupavai. But, getting up in that early mornings (That too in margazhi) is ....
    Kann Kalikkumpadi kandukonden Kadambadaviyil
    pann kalikkum kural veenaiyum kaiyum payodharamum
    mann kalikkum pachai vannamum aghi mathangar kula
    penngalil thondria emperumaatithan perazhage

    (Abirami Andhadhi)
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    My mom's younger day thirupavai starts like this

    "Margazhi thingal madi niraya pongal"...

    Eating hot pongal in that cold climate. Wowowow. Simply superb.

    Pranams
    Kann Kalikkumpadi kandukonden Kadambadaviyil
    pann kalikkum kural veenaiyum kaiyum payodharamum
    mann kalikkum pachai vannamum aghi mathangar kula
    penngalil thondria emperumaatithan perazhage

    (Abirami Andhadhi)
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    In my village Perumal temple, I use to join the Bhajan mainly focussing Pongal during my school days.. Bhattachariar use to give tasty pongal on all the thirty days. Those days will never come back

    All the best
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    Dear all,

    I very strongly object to this thread! Talk about Pongal, then I have to cook pongal. Thiruppavai is no problem; my dear wife sings Thiruppavai nicely. But, nothing to beat the Prasadam Pongal! (Having said that, I was in Sydney Srinivasa Perumal Koil during one Margazhi, Friday. The Sarkari Pongal was superb! The Batachar was very kind enough to issue a huge share to our son). Sri. PVR, having started this thread, I humbly request you to distribute (nei vazhiyum) Pongal to all the members, please!
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    Ok Raghy -thanks for reminding the main topic.

    I request Prof Nara ji to give explanations for atleast one pasuram from Aandal's Tiruppavai and Thondaradipodi Aazhawars Tiruppalli Ezhuchi.

    Kannadaasan said `Kodai Aandal Thamizhai Aandal'

    கோதை ஆண்டாள் தமிழை ஆண்டாள்

    It is 100% true. Each and every song is a literary jewel.

    Thondaradipodi Aazhwar refused to sing anybody other than Sri Ranganathar of Srirengam.

    பச்சை மா மலைபோல் மேனி பவழ வாய் கமல செங்கண் அச்சுதா அமராரே ஆயர் தம் கொழுந்தே உந்தன் இச்சுவை பெறுவேன் ஆயின் இந்திர லோகம் ஆளும் அச்சுவை பெறினும் வேண்டேன் அரங்கமா அருளறாரே

    I eanestly feel that nobody can compose better than the above about Sri Renganathar.

    I also request Sri Durgadasan to give explanations for Manickavasagar's Thiruvembavai and Thiruppalli Ezhuchi at the rate of one song per day. Again Kannadaasan has written
    கன்னி தமிழ் தந்ததொரு திருவாசகம். Recently Music Director Ilayaraaja added wonderful music to the marvelous work of Manickavaasagar.

    Probably both can commence from first day of Margazhi i.e. 16th December, 2009

    All the best
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    Dear Raman,

    Can we ever forget Margazhi masam, the bhajans, thiruppavai, thiruvembavai and thiruppalli ezhuchi and ......... as you told the lip smacking prasadams from both Perumal Kovil and Sivan Kovil.

    We in our boyhood know on which days of the week or on which date of Margazhi masam, when a particular paasuram is due to be sung, which prasadam will be distributed where. (e.g. 'koodaarai vellum' surely fetches you chakkarai pongal with ghee all over).

    Some days, only for prasadams, we have gone to those temples without having a bath and after eating the prasadam, we have come back home and continued our happy sleep for the extended hours.

    Oh, those days....!
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