Re: Periya Thiruvadi and Chinna Thiruvadi
> Could you please explain me why do we say GarudAzhvar as periya thiruvadi > and Angineyar as chinna Thiruvadi? > The reason for Garuda being called Periya Thiruvadi is because heis the eternal vahanam for Perumal. As you know, Hanuman was Sri Rama's vahanam and that too only on certain occasions. Garuda, on the otherhand was Perumal's vahanam in all his Manifestations. Therefore he is refered to as "Perumai mikka sttthi" which roughly translates to one who is worthy of greate praise. Hence Garuda got the name Periya thiruvadi and Hanuman got the name Siriya thiruvadi. Garuda worship is more prominent in southern parts of India and is event more so shoth of Srirangam. On the other hand hanuman worship is more prominent in North India (because of the popularity of Ramayanam), with the exception of Nepal, which celebrates a festival known as Garuda Naga Yuddam. In the south the festival Naga Panchami is also celebrated as the avathara day of garuda. The above is my limited understanding, and I request other learned members to add to or correct it.