It was the eighth day of the brahmotsavam at the Venkatesa Perumal Temple in Mari Chetty Street, Mandaveli and a special occasion for the residents of Mandaveli.
Hundreds of people gathered at the junction of Adanjan Street and Sadayappan Street just after 10.30pm on Monday (April 4) night to watch the enactment of the historical episode of King Mangai Mannan turning into a saint poet, Thiru Mangai Azhvaar.
For starters, Venkatesa Perumal and Mangai Mannan, both on the horse vahana, made rapid runs on Sadayappan Street in an enactment of the Vedu Pari episode. This was followed by a terrific display of voyali dance by the Sri Patham personnel carrying Mangai Mannan on their shoulders.
Much to the delight of several children who stayed awake past 11pm, Mangai Mannan danced to the tunes of the music artistes and their beating of the drums. The snake dance performance, with all sorts of movements, particularly thrilled the devotees.
After Mangai Mannan’s Voyali display, the prabhandham members presented the first decad of the sacred verses soon after the king turns into a saint poet. While Thiru Mangai Azhvaar returned to the temple after this episode, it was time for Venkatesa Perumal to present the Voyali performance.
- Report, photos by S. Prabhu