Sunday, July 29, 2007

Paal Kudam (Mile Pots) symbolises prosperity
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Festival of Paal Kudam (Milk Pots) and Kaavadi of the Arulmigu Sri Sivasubramaniya Swamy Temple in Ginthupitty was held on July 29 th 2007 in the morning. Six hundred devotees have fulfilled their vows by carrying Paal Kudam (Milk Pots) on their heads, and Kaavadi on their shoulders. The festival was spectacular.

Kaavadi-Kaavu means carry, thadi means piece of polished wood. Some devotees entered into a state of trance while the drums are beaten, and devotional songs are on loud speakers from the temple.

The Paal Kudam and Kaavadi went on colourful pageant through Ginthupitty Street, Aandivaal Street and Brass Founder’s Street. The milk was offered to the main granite statues of Murugan and his two wives Vall Ammai and Theivayanai in the Moolasthaanam. Poorna Aguthi was performed simultaneously by the chief priest of the temple. Anna Thaanam (Annam means food, and thaanam means offering) was served to the devotees at the end of the festival.