Marking the auspicious start of the above event, the preliminary auspicious ceremony of 'பந்தக்கால் முகூர்த்தம்' was performed on Thursday, Jan.19, 2012, at the Yaagasala site by the Chief Priest சர்வ சாதகம் தகட்டூர் ஸ்ரீ ஞானசேகர சிவாச்சார்யார் with 'sankalpam' by the President Shri K.S.Shivasubramanian and family on behalf of the Thiruppani Committee. There was a huge crowd from the start of the ceremony to the end of the two day function in Kunniyur temple premises.
This is the most memorable event one can expect to witness in the history of this small village called Kunniyur in Thiruvarur District of Thanjavur. Surrounded by paddy fields, ponds of lotus, flowers and groves of coconut palms, the serene atmosphere of this beautiful village was a heavenly feeling for one and all gathered for the Holy Consecration.
|View of the Temple after Renovation|
As per mandates of Agama Sastras, Kumbabhishegam for all temples has to be performed once in 12 years to preserve and maintain the sanctity of the temples. As the temple needed certain essential repairs and renovation with regard to the Raja Gopuram, Utsava Mandapam and the Vimanam, the K.B.S.S. Committee Members together with the Gramavasis, proposed to undertake them and perform the Jeernodharana Ashtabandhana Swarnabandhana Maha Kumbabhishegam on Sunday, the 29th January 2012.
|Rituals being performed before Kumbabhishegam|
According to our ancient scriptures, performing Kumbabhishegam and participating in the Jeernodharanam of a temple is equivalent ot performing 100 Ashwameda Yagas. Some of us are fortunate in witnessing the growth of this unique temple in Kunniyur village, right from the 'Bhoomipooja'[Pancha Silanyasam] and participated in the earlier Kumbabhishegam and those very few, were indeed blessed with another opportunity to witness this Kumbabhishegam too. Those who were not present on earlier occasions would have definitely had the unique opportunity now to have witnessed this rare occasion, to be part of this previleged few and had the opportunity to participate in this function. All the Bakthas from far and near were cordially invited and the Invitations for the Maha Kumbabhishegam was sent to one and all to participate in allof the sacred ceremonies and be the recipients of Sri Kamakshi Amman's Blessings.
|Sri Kamakshi Amman in all Her Glory!|
Needless to say, the K.B.S.S. Committee together with the Gramavasies, definitely needs a "Pat in the Back" for the excellent efforts taken towards conducting of this Kumbabhishegam. I should mention here that the accommodation/travel arrangements and other facilities extended to the people who had come from far and near, was very satisfying and had no regrets what-so-ever!
I am also attaching a few of the pictures taken by us on the Kumbabhishegam day.
|Kumbabhishegam - President Shri K.S.SivaSubramanian |
with Treasurer K.R.Venkataraman
|Kunniyur Kumbabhishegam-Sivachariar with Treasurer|
|Venkataramans -K.B.S.S. Secretary and |
|Kumbabhishegam-Rituals in Progress|
|Kumbabhishegam Rituals being followed|
|Kumbabhishegam-Yagam/Homam being performed|
|Kumbabhishegam - Kathavarayan - Kaval Deivam|
|Kumbabhishegam Rituals being performed|
|On the Holy Day of the Kumbabhishegam|
|People Atop the Holy Vimanam on the |
|Maha Kumbabhishegam Day|
|The Yagam/Homams being performed|
|The Kalasam being taken by the Pundits|
|A Section of the Large Gathering for the|
May the Blessings of Sri Kunniyur Kamakshi Amman be showered on all of us!