12 June 2006

Deepam Cauldron

Five earthen-pot lighted lamps, representing the five elements, provide the flame for the single Bharani Deepam which fisherman carry to the top of the mountain for use as the source-light for the Krittikai Deepam.

The Deepam cauldron is made of copper with three rings on either side for poles to support its weight when carried up the hill. This unique privilege is given to fishermen (as Parvati, the consort of Siva was born in a fishing village). The fishermen take turns to heave the cauldron up the mountain. And it is one of them that lights the Deepam cauldron, which is packed with ghee and clothes to act as the burning wick.

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