When God came residence: A Video Story of a Rural India Tradition – Be On The Road


Gorgeous Interiors of South Indian Temples

We all go and see god in his residence (temple), but have you heard of gods coming to your residence to see you. Effectively, I am not joking! It does occur fairly frequently in the villages of South India. It occurs else exactly where in India as nicely, but I have observed it occur additional frequently in the South. Or may possibly be simply because I have greater access to it. Effectively, the Rath Yatra that occurs at Puri Jagannath Temple is possibly the greatest instance that I can believe of. But, it is of huge proportions and it occurs only as soon as a year. But, in the South Indian temples it occurs fairly frequently. And that is what I want to bring to your consideration by way of this video story.

Apart from the most important sanctum sanctorum exactly where the idol of the most important god(s) exists, there is a panchaloha or brass version of the god(s) kept at a corner of the temple and this idol is named Utsava Murthy. These Utsava Murthy gods take to the streets in pomp and grandeur throughout significant festivals and occasions. Decked in stunning clothing and ornaments, the Utsava Murthy god is kept on top rated of a chariot that is pulled by the persons of the village. At times, only brahmins are permitted to pull the chariot. Even so, at lots of instances, anyone can pull the chariot of the lord. This chariot then requires a circuitous route and tends to make its way by way of the unique streets of the village and stops at every single residence. When the god arrives at their residence, the persons rush out of their residence, offer you coconuts, fruits, flowers and even clothing to the lord and seek his/her blessings. This rath yatra can take spot only on one particular day or every single day for a fixed quantity of days. It could occur throughout day or evening. All the variables rely on the temple, the god, the festival and the dates.

Utsava murthy of unique temples take to the streets on unique days of the year. For instance, the Garuda god of the Vishnu temple in my village requires to the street on every single Saturday of the Poratassi Tamil month and this video story that you see is the Thiruvadarai festival when Lord Shiva took to the streets. In the course of this Thiruvadarai festival, Lord Shiva visited the people’s properties every single evening for six days and then on the 7th day, which is also the day of Thiruvadarai in Margazhi Tamil month, he visits everyone’s residence in the early hours of the morning. This is his final trip for this festival and then he returns to his temple and stays there till the subsequent festival when he can take to the streets once again.

I got to encounter this wealthy tradition at Kallidaikurichi, a stunning village in India’s deep south and that is a ideal spot to encounter the stunning traditions of Tamil Nadu and South India. Apart from such distinctive experiences, one particular can also encounter the festival of Pongal in such classic villages to get a correct festival encounter. This village also occurs to be my ancestral residence. So, if you are about for a rural vacation, do give me a shout out!


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