Monday, March 6, 2017

Krishnaswamy Temple, Ambasamudram – Festivals

Krishnaswamy Temple, Ambasamudram – Festivals
Krishna Jayanthi – birth day of Lord Krishna – is celebrated with the opening of eyes of coconuts representing the opening the eyes of a new born child. They also play feeding the child – procession deity with milk from a conch. Then they offer paddy as Prasad to devotees. Paddy Prasad represents the fact that the world became prosperous after the Avatar of Lord Krishna. During the 9 days of Brahmmotsavam and on the day before Vaikunda Ekadasi, Lord is dressed (Alankara) as Mohini the enticing woman. Devotees can have the darshan of Lord without Mothers only two days in a year.
As a custom, during the Theerthavari festival in Perumal temples, Chakkarathzhwar goes to river (here Tamirabarani) as Lord’s representative.  Here Lord Himself comes to the river with his consorts. On the Vaikunda Ekadasi day too, Lord passes through Sorgavasal with his consorts only against tradition. As he is never away from them, He is praised as Nitya Kalyana Perumal – Perumal ever in a wedding style.
The Five Garuda Sevas - Perumal granting darshan seated on Garudas - is a famous festival of the temple celebrated on 5th day of the 10 day Brahmmotsavam in the temple. Lord Venugopala and Lords from the Navaneethakrishna, Lakshminarayana, Sundararaja and Purushothama temples arrive here to enjoy this festival. As Lord came from Punnai Vanam, He grants darshan at this place on the seventh day of Brahmmotsavam festival.
Garuda Seva is celebrated on Purattasi Saturdays also. Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May - June, Krishna Jayanthi in August-September, Theppotsavam in Aani (there is a big temple tank to the North of the temple complex) and the swing festival in Thai Friday in January-February are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

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