Kozhiwakkam kudamuzhukkam – 1

(contd from ‘First Day of Sarvadhari’…)

Back to Kozhiwakkam village…also called Kozipakkam, Koliwakkam, koziwakkam…referred in Sanskrit as Kukkutapuri…

Pralayam-kaatha-amman….the Goddess who saved all during the deluge…

Perhaps at one time the Palar must have burst its banks and flooded the village, and maybe this deity saved the people. Palar must have been a majestic river…Just the breadth of the dry river bed is awesome…Interestingly, there is a shrine to the same deity in the Ekamabranatha temple, the main Siva temple of Kanchipuram. As per mythology, when Kamakshi Amman was offering worship to Ekambranatha, the river rose in spate, and was about to wash away all of that place. When Durga, manifesting as Pralayam-kaattha-amman, came and halted the river….The same deity exists in Kozhiwakkam village.

As per the directions of the mystic, Sivakumar took it upon himself to build a new temple for the Goddess. He rallied his extended family, got in touch with all he could who hailed from that village ‘once upon any time’, mobilized the current village folks…He is a one man army…He got a new idol made, exactly along the lines of the idol at the Ekambaranatha temple…All this took a period of a few years….And on 16th April, 2008, the consecration (kudamuzhukkam) of that temple, as well as that of main village temple of Muktishwara and Muktambal, had been arranged….

The next few pictures were taken during the Kumbabhishekam (kudamuzhukkam) ceremony on Apr 16th.

Heres a picture of the newly made idol…

An elaborate ceremony was held for consecration of the koziwakkam village temples.

Vedic Yagya ceremonies were conducted in the simple yaaga-shaala made in the field. Several fire-altars were simultaneously being used for worship…A group of priests chanted mantras, energizing the waters kept in Kudams (kalashas…special vessels…).

Heres a picture of that yagya.

And after the purnahuti, the final offering made to the deities, through the medium of the fire-altar, the consecrated waters were carried, for ritual abhisheka of the metal kalashas on top of the temple domes, and on the idols themselves.

Heres a picture of the temple dome, of the new shrine of Pralayam-kattha-amman, taken during the consecration ceremony. Isnt it pretty….

   
So thats a brief tour of a typical kudamuzhukkam… First the divinity is transferred from the old idols onto a picture, which is kept in balalayam. temple is renovated.. new idols may be built… once all the preparation is done, kudamuzhukkam ceremonies begin… Divinity is transferred from the picture to waters kept in special vessels.  Special ceremonies are held…Eye of the new idol is opened…Yagyas are conducted… The waters are charged with energy of Mantras… They are then poured in special Abhisheka ceremonies, on the kalashas on top of the temple domes, and on the idols themselves…divinity is now transferred to the idols in the new temple…

Heres a picture of Abisheka of Pralayam-katha-amman…

                                                  ….. To be contd …

 


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