Sunday, December 5, 2010

Triprayar Ekadashi: an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu where a procession of Saasta takes place, video of Triprayar Ekadasi

Ekadashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.Thriprayar Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day after the full moon in the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam (November – December).

In 2010, Triprayar Ekadashi date was December 2.
Triprayar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Ram in South India. The temple is noted for its architecture and for its calm and serene surroundings including a large pond. The temple is located around 25 km from Thrissur town and is about 23 km from the world famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple.

Thriprayar Sri Rama temple is located along the banks of Theerva River.The festival is celebrated for 14 days in Triprayar Sri Rama Temple near Thrissur town of Kerala. During the Ekadashi, a procession of Saasta takes place.

Triprayar Sree Rama

It is the only Rama temple which has a river adjacent to it. The greatness of Lord rama cannot be explained in words. Lord Rama was the one whose thoughts and words never went astray.The chanting of Rama’s name is so powerful and it itself soothes one’s entire soul and grants liberation. 'Ra' is taken from the Astakshari Mantra ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’ and 'Ma', from Panchakshari Mantra, ‘Namah Shivaya.’The word Rama has the triple power of destroying sins, conferring peace, and dispelling ignorance. .“Syllable ‘Ra’ in the word Rama cleanses all our sins and ‘Ma’ ensures that the wiped away sins do not dare to return to us.” Everyone should recognize the sweetness, sacredness, and divinity enshrined in the name Rama. It is good to utter the name Rama with full understanding of all that it signifies. But even without that understanding the chanting of the name has the power to destroy all sins.Even without knowing the importance of Rama Nama, even by chanting the Rama nama, in the reverse way like ‘Mara’, a notorious bandit Ratnakara got liberated of all his past sins and became known as Valmiki.
Lord Rama
Lord Shankara Himself enlightened Goddess Parvati the significance of this mantra.
“Sree Rama Rama Ramethi Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasranama Tat Thul-yam Rama Nama Varanane.”
The essence is that it is only Rama nama which is equal to a thousand names of Vishnu. This mantra can be chanted anywhere, anytime and by anyone.

The experience of Rama Nama can only be felt but cannot be explained.

Lord Rama's Darbar
 We must learn to chant the sweet name of Rama with a pure, unsullied heart, in a spirit of selfless devotion. Wholehearted chanting of the name of Rama even once can destroy mountains of sins. But the chanting should not be done mechanically, like a gramophone record. It should emanate from the depths of the heart. You must seek to redeem your lives, by living up to Rama's ideals and proclaiming them to the world. Remember the name of Rama with love. God can be realized only through love and by no other means.
Sree Rama Temple at Triprayar, 25 kms. southwest of Thissur city, near Irinjalakuda (Chettuva). Located midway between Guruvayur and Kodungallur, just 2 kms. from the coast, Sree Rama Temple lies along the banks of the beautiful River Theevra. Theevra is also known as the Purayar, hence the name Thiru-purayar (sacred river), which later became Triprayar. It is said that when Lord Vamana expanded His form to pervade the universe, His lotus feet touched Sathyaloka, Lord Brahma's abode. Amazed at seeing the Lord's form, Brahmadeva offered argya for washing Vamana's feet. That source of water never disappeared, and has become the great river here.
The most popular gathering at Triprayar is the Ekadashi festival, in the month of Vrischikam (November-December), when a procession of Saasta takes place.
Ekadashi is a bimonthly occasion that is mainly observed by Vaishnavas, although its observance is also open to followers of non-Vaishnava traditions. On the Ekadashi day strict fasting is observed, abstainance from all grains, beans, cereals and certain vegetables and spices.
Ekadashi also coincides with the times when the moon is the closes to Earth ( Perigee) and the time when moon is farthest from the Earth ( Apogee ) . These are also the times of high tide and low tide respectively. During Ekadashis in the Krishna paksha, the moon is the closest to the earth and during Ekadashis in the Shukla paksha the moon is farthest from the earth.

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