The prime reason behind
Sri Rama's adorning Tirupputkuzhi in such graceful divine form is, Jatayu's great
The vaishnava bhakthas
worship Jatayu as the best among the Bhagavathas.
"We should behold with
Sita's eyes the poor, old Jatayu's hard struggle against Ravana . Then we would realize
the love, gratitude and sorrow that had surged in her heart as she watched his sufferings.
Thus we shall also be
purified by the grace of the Mother. That's why such a high rank is assigned to Jatayu
among the Bhagavathas.
Jatayu's battle with
Ravana, in a way, was a precursor to Sri Rama's battle with Ravana. It is here, scholars
surmise, at the moment of Jatayu's death, Sri Rama took the decisive step of waging a war
with Ravana ; more to avenge the death of a Bhagavatha,
than to uphold his honour as Sita's husband.
Jatayu eulogising Sri Rama said, " AYUSHMAN ! " - a reverential blessing to the Lord for long life.
"After blessing Jatayu
the bliss of the great saints and all the good people , Sri Rama became steadier in his
intent and stronger in mind" says Rajaji.
No Wonder ! The pious revere Jatayu, along with
Bharatha and look him as an ALWAR;
a guide in the holy path.