KOILALWAR THIRUMANJANAM


            KOILALWAR THIRUMANJANAM (08:00 AM)
(FOUR TIMES A YEAR ON TUESDAYS BEFORE UGADI, ANIVARI
ASTHANAM, SRIVARI BRAHMOTSAVAM AND VAIKUNTA EKADASI)
(COST RS 300/- PER PERSON, PRASADAM : 2 LADDUS, 1 UTTARIYAM
OR 1 BLOUSE PIECE)
Koil Alwar means 'Holy Shrine'. Alwar means “Devotee”. Tirumanjanam means
“cleansing with aromatic ingredients”. Koil Tirumanjanam is purification
ceremony of sanctum santorum and temple premises by devotees ( only the temple
staff are allowed to cleanse the temple premises). During the ceremony all the
deities and other articles are removed from santum santorum and cleansed while
the “Mula Virat” is covered with a water- proof covering. The entire Garbha
Griham, including floors, ceilings and walls, sub-shrines inside the sanctum, puja
articles are cleaned with water and Tirumanjanam which is a composition of
camphor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric Kicchili Gadda ( a root vegetable) etc. is
smeared, which acts as a disinfectant. The covering of the main deity is then
removed and the deities, deepam and other articles are replaced inside. Special
pujas and Naivedyams are then offered to the presiding deity.
This ceremony is performed strictly as per the agamas and is conducted four times
year viz. before Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Eakadasi and Annual
Brahmotsavams

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