After the Thirumanjanams of the Navathirupathi perumals, alankaram is done, after which the Garuda Seva begins. Generally the Thirumanjanams are over by around 7PM and the Garuda Seva starts at around 10 PM. During this time, people move around the streets of Alwarthirunagari and the entire village wears a festive look. Every corner has happy people, kids playing, elderly people sleeping wherever there’s a place… seeing these is an expereice by itself.
When its time for the Garuda Seva to start, the Alwarthirunagari Perumal leads the procession. After him the other Perumals of the NavaThirupathi stalamas slowly come out from the temple. After all the Perumals, Nammalwar comes in Hamsavahanam and joins the Alwarthirungari Perumal at the front.
Madurakavi Alwar comes at the last.
All Perumals have wonderful alankarams and its a treat for the eyes.
And there was something for the child in us too… fireworks, a lot of them. After all the Perumals & Alwars had arrived a volley of fireworks lit up the dark sky. There were fireworks of all sizes and colours. And someway this wonderful snap with Perumal, Nammalwar & the firework ended up with me.
All in all, its a wonderful expereince to attend the Garuda Seva. Every Sri Vaishnava should see this Utsavam at least once in their life time. There are more images of the Temple & the remaining days Utsavam, which will be posted soon.
The images are of mediocre quality with lens flares in many photographs. Kindly bear the inconveneince.