25 November 2016

2016 New Arunachala Mahadeepam Cauldron

Every several years the Mahadeepam cauldron (used during the Karthigai Festival and which burns at the top of Arunachala  throughout the Festival) has to be replaced because of damage. Years previously the cauldron used to remain at the top of the Hill throughout the year. Nowadays it is carried up on poles prior to Mahadeepam and then brought down again at the end of the Festival.

Previous Mahadeepam cauldron on Arunachala

This year a new Mahadeepam cauldron (kopparai) is being created at metal works here in Tiruvannamalai. The new cauldron will measure 5 feet and have pure copper rings around the outside top of the cauldron measuring 3 feet diameter width, and on the outside bottom (of the cauldron) of 2.25 feet diameter width. The new cauldron (kopparai) is to cost Rs.1.5 laks to create.

Creating the new cauldron

Creating new 2016 Arunachala Mahadeepam cauldron


Anonymous said...

There is SO much information here, would it be possible to add a table of contents on the side panel or atleast a drop down menu of postings with headings (not by month or year... but by post headings). It is a tool available on blogger. Thank you

Meenakshi Ammal said...

Dear Friend:

Thanks for the interest with suggestions how to improve Arunachala Grace. For looking throughout old postings, I already have an monthly archive drop down window and search function, both in the left column.

Arunachala Grace is but a Blog . . . my website

is the place to go for organised, in-depth information about Arunachala.

Big Thanks

Meenakshi Ammal said...

To help readers zero in on favourite topics I've updated labels in 'Popular Subjects' and 'Popular Posts' functions in left column of Arunachala Grace. Hope that helps finding specific information. But for in depth information and a good directory of content best go to:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't trying to improve your blog, just making it easy for me to access information. :-)

Will try out your other website... but this one is seems more attractive because it is interactive.


Meenakshi Ammal said...

Always happy to receive suggestions. I have seen people using Blogger create some awe inspiring sites ... really remarkable . . . but I don't have that kind of know-who. I have 5 Blogs regarding Arunachala on which I do all the technical work myself . . . for my website I have a webmaster.

Think people starting out often choose Word Press, which is easier to work with for people at the same level of technical know-who . . . i.e. not that much!!

My website

already has a large amount of easily accessed information about Arunachala . . . which will exponentially increase over the coming years.