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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Unique Way Of Celebrating Dusshera Festival - Sri Mutharamman Temple - Kulasekharapatnam, Thoothukudi

The famous Dussehra festival at Kulasekarapattinam Mutharamman temple will commence with flag hoisting ceremony. The festival at Kulasekarapattinam is a renowned one after the Mysore festival in the country. Thousands of devotees would visit the temple in all the 10 days of the festival. The streets of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli districts would witness large number of devotees dressed as Goddess Kali during the festival. In this temple Goddess Muththaramman and Swami Gnanamoorthiswarar vigraham are installed combined together. This is also one of the special features of the temple. Such a combined vigraham is not found elsewhere. In the Garbhagriha, Swami and Goddess shower their blessings to the devotees as Swayambu Murthigal.

Dusshera Festival At Kulasekharapatnam
Dusshera Festival At Kulasekharapatnam
Dasara day is considered a most auspicious day. It is a time-honoured belief that if any new venture is started on this day, it is bound to be successful. Hence, all the undertakings be it laying of foundation of a new building, opening of a new commercial establishment or even initiating a child into the world of learning- are started on this day. In this temple Dasara is being celebrated as a big festival. Lakhs of people are assemble here to celebrate this festival. This temple stands unique amongst the other temples, which celebrates Dasara. The same Dasara itself is celebrated here as a 12-day function instead of 9 days (Navaratri).

Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapatnam
Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapatnam
Once upon a time due to the curse of saint Agathiyar, The saint Varamuni became a man with a buffalow head. The term “Magisam” means buffalow. Since he had a buffalow head he was called Magisasuran. With his continuous meditation and strenuous effort Magisasuran gained more power and dominated all over the world. To condemn the domination of the Magisasuran the saints approached the Goddess and informed the hardship done by Magisasuran. Then with the power of Goddess there appears a female baby. The baby was named as Lalithambigai. The baby grown up within 9 days and on the 10th day she grew as Annai Parasakthi Lalithambigai with lots of anger came strongly and destroyed Magisasuran and this day (i.e.,) 10th day is being celebrated as Dusshera. The growth occurred by Annai Parasakthi during the nine days are resumed as Navarathiri.

Dusshera Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Dusshera Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
The first three days for Malaimagal, the second three days as Alaimagal, and the last three days as Kalaimagal. After the Goddess Annai Parasakthi demolished Magisasuran she was called as Magisasura Marthini. At last the Goddess came to this city and settled and showered her blessing to all the devotees. The devotees whoever wants to observe vridham should do so for 41 days continuously, and during the dusshera (10 days) they should dress like the god/goddess and should not do any mischief, leaving all bad habits, and should be pure at body, mind and soul. One more thing is that whoever wants to dress up like “Goddess KALI” should be more cautious than others, since people come to them for blessings. People can dress up like any God and Goddess according to their prayers and wishes.

Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
The DASARA celebrations in September/October every year are second to that of Mysore (Kanataka,India). The uniqueness and oddity of the festival is that the devotees need not spend from their pocket. They are expected to beg alms from door to door and a token offerings only is expected to be offered at shrine after meeting out their expenses. On the climatic day the sea shores of this otherwise deserted coastal village turns into veritable carnival of folk music and folk dance of the devotees in their chosen fancy dresses to either solicit the grace of or to thank for the boon granted by presiding deity sri Muthramman considered to be the incarnation of SAKTHI the consort of LORD SHIVA in Hinduism. More than 1.5 million people gather here year after year on the tenth day after new moon day in the month purattasi (September/October) according to the Tamil calendar.

Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Kulasekharapatnam or Kulasekarapattinam (aka) Kulasai, is a remote coastal town in Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu. Earlier, it used to operate as a minor port for pearl fishing and trading with neighbouring Sri Lanka. A 300 year old Mutharamman Temple resides in the town where a massive Dasara celebrations takes place every year. However, these Dasara celebrations are quite unique and outlandish! As per the tradition of this temple, devotees are inspired to transform themselves as Goddess Kali, kings, monkeys, beggars, and have to beg in the streets of the town. Their collected money is then submitted as an offering to the presiding deity, Sri Mutharamman Goddess. Here you can see the various moments from start to end of the Dasara celebrations.

Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Devotees end the festival by travelling towards the seashore, which was about 1 km away from the temple. Once reached there, we could see hundreds of devotees who were literally in a possessed state do their final prayer and take a dip in the sea to end their journey. It was enthralling to see hundreds of devotees transformed as Kali who were all around us marching towards their climax. On the 10th day the most important part of the festival, the soorasamharam, would be conducted in which the Goddess would kill Magishasooran. During the course of the festival devotees would dress as Goddess Kali and would collect money by begging. With the amount collected they would reach the temple.

Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam
Dasara Festival At Kulasekharapattinam

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The Sri Mutharamman Temple (Kulasai Mutharammam Temple) is located in Kulasekharapatnam near Thiruchendur in the Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. It is 300 years old. Navarathiri festival is the grandest festival in this temple. More than 1,500,000 devotees celebrate together here. This is situated on the way to Kanniyakumari and Thiruchendur. Formerly there was a port located here. This village is famous for the Mutharamman Koil, located on the seashore. Sri Mutharmman temple is located at Kulasekhara pattinam village near Tiruchendur 55 km south of Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu, India) on the East coast Road en route to Kanya Kumari. At a distance of 20 kms from Thiruchendur is the Kulasekarapattinam.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Mutharamman Temple,
Kulasekaranpatinam,
Tiruchendur,
Thoothukudi,
Postal Code : 628 206,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04639 250355

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