29 January 2016

Durga Amman Temple 2016 Mahakumbhabhishekam Function

Mahakumbhabhishekam is held either to formally consecrate a new Temple or reconsecrate an old one, and generally occurs at twelve-year intervals or specifically following renovation, extensive cleaning or renewal. 

Kumbhabhishekam is a Hindu Temple ritual that is believed to homogenize, synergize and unite the mystic powers of the deity. Kumbha means the Head and denotes the Shikhara or Crown of the Temple (usually in the Gopuram) and Abhishekam is ritual bathing, (hence the term Kumbha + Abhishekam). 

During this elaborate event, homams conducted according to the agamas, are performed by priests in the Yagasala outside the Temple over the preceding days. These homams infuse divinity and spiritual power into kalasas (sanctified pots) filled with consecrated water. 

Divine Power is transferred back to the deities by performing an abhishekam (salutary bathing) to the Vigrahas and Vimanas (pinnacles) on the roof with the sanctified holy waters from the kalasas accompanied by Vedic chanting and special rites. On that day at the designated auspicious time, when the Kumbha is bathed with the charged and sanctified holy waters contained in the sacrificial pots, consecrated and sanctified pranic powers trickle down a silver wire and enter the Deity installed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Temple. 

Now that the restoration and renewal work undertaken over the last couple of years, has been completed at Durga Amman Temple, Mahakumbhabhishekam was held this week at what is one of the most significant Temples at Arunachala. 

Durga Amman Temple, Tiruvannamalai

One of the most famed Temples at Tiruvannamalai

Ceremonies being undertaken inside Temple Compound

Below a pictorial record of the ceremonies and functions undertaken at this time at the Durga Amman Temple.

Homams at Temple


Anonymous said...

The puja doesn't look as big or grand as the one performed sometime back at the Adi Annamalai Temple. Is there is date set yet for the upcoming Kumbhabhishekam at the Big Temple?

Meenakshi Ammal said...

There is no date set yet for the upcoming Kumbhabhishekam which will be performed at Arunachaleswarar Temple. The restoration work there has not yet been completed and because of the large number of upcoming festivals that will be celebrated at the Temple . . . Kumbhabhishekam is not expected to be performed until after Pongal 2017 (i.e. anytime after mid January).