Srirangam temple Vaikunda Ekadasi festival begins on 22 Dec. 2022 - ''Panthalkal Naduthal'' ritual held recently

Srirangam Panthakal Naduthal’ ritual

The most popular annual temple festival Vaikunta Ekadasi festival (December-January)  gets more prominence at  Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple than others as it heads the list of  108 Divyadesam shrines glorified by Tamil Vaishnava saints Azhwars of past era. Being the largest functional Hindu temple in the world, here  it is celebrated with  great passion and devotion. This  22 - day long festival divided into  two parts - Pagal Pathu and Ra Pathu,  each lasting 10 days is scheduled to begin  on  December 22 with Thirumangai Azhwar's   Thirunedunthandakam and culminates with Nammazhwar moksham on January 12. 2023.

 Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, 

The customary  and traditional  ‘Panthakal (wooden pole) Naduthal’ ceremony,  a prelude ritual was  held on 12th of December  on the temple precincts close to 1000 pillar mantapam  for  Vaikunda  Ekadasi festivities.. This simple ritual was done in the  midst of chanting  of devotional hymns and playing mangala music under the HR & CE, the TN govt. Agency in charge of Hindu temples. Participated in the function were the senior officials and the temple Bhattacharyas. 

During this festival  period - Pagal pathu and Rapathu Pasurams and  divine hymns of   Nalayeeera Divyaprabandam - will be recited by  pundits.  The Aryiyar sevai (introduced by Vaishnavite Savant Nadhamuni of 9th-10th Century A.D)  is a soul-stirring ritual, especially  during Rapathu performed by hereditary Ariyars.  This Ariyar Sevai tradition at Srirangam is a famous one and  has been performed for centuries. The other places where this sevai is held are at Azhwarthirunagari and Sri Villiputhur Andal temples. That this Bhakti- inspiring seva is now limited to only three temples in Tamil  Nadu is a sad commentary.    

The  opening of Paramapathavasal / Heaven's gates (Sorgavasal in Tamil) will be held  around 4.45 am on  January 02 2023.  The processional idol of Namperumal attired in Rathangi (gem-studded dress/ armour will be taken in a procession from the sanctum and emerge through the 7th gate of the heaven- Paramapada vassal in the early morning.  Thirumangaimannan  Vedupari, yet another ritual  will be held in the temple on January 9, 2023.   Apart from Srirangam, at other important Vishnu shrines like Thiruvallikeni, Tirupati, etc., - Paramapada Vasal, Sorga Vasal Thirappu will be held in early morning.