One of God's gifts to IL is Varalotti Rengasamy. Over the months, he has enthralled us with his stories, candid posts and fatherly advice. And maybe, Meenakshi was saving the best for the last. Here is his description of the Ethir Sevai festival that is being celebrated in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:City> today, on the bright day of Chithra Pournami. For those of us not fortunate to feast our eyes on the Lord today, Varalotti has painted a divine picture in many colours and emotions. In his passion of devotion, he has described the procession of Kallazhagar, His beauty and vanity in a myriad of colours. We have to let our guard down in appreciating this piece. May Meenakshi bless Him to write more such spiritual articles and other. ------------------------------------------------- Today is the festival day in <st1:City><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:City>. Tomorrow is the Chitra Pournami where Lord Kallazhagar enters into river Vaigai. Today he has come from his abode Azhagar Koil to <st1:City><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:City>. He will be there with us for the next 4 days. Today is the ethir seva day. This Lord is so vain that he has a mirror in front of them throughout his trip to <st1:City><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:City>. And why should he not have that? For is he not the very meaning of the word beauty? And is he not the very essence in everything that's beautiful? Is he not kallazhagar? The word 'Kallar' as you know, refers to robbers. And this guy is the worst robber I have ever known. For, with just one glance he steals our hearts and never ever thinks of returning them to us. And the mirror is also an act of love. For in the crowd many people may not be able to see him. At least they will see His image in the mirror. And he comes to attend his sister's wedding. He comes with a lot of "cheer varisai". He lovingly enters the river when somebody (Veeraraghava Perumal) informs him that the marriage is already over. He gets angry and then returns to his abode. And in between he stays in the house of a woman of Islamic faith, a pious lady who is His devotee. And the great Mahalakshmi does not allow him to enter the temple in Azhagarkoil because of that. Even the great Lord has to wait for months on end at his own doorstep. This Azhagarkoil is just 13 kms from <st1:City><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:City> and has been praised by Nammalvar in his pasuram "Kilaroli Ilamai" It's called Thirumalirum Cholai.