Kalimala Pilgrimage- Symbol of Hindu awakening

via HK published on April 28, 2007

Thiruvananthapuram: Holy pilgrimage to the famous Hill Temple at Kalimala started started yesterday.The Temple is located at Pathukani near Vellarada at the Kerala-TamilNadu border.


 


Kalimala and the temple was grabbed by the Christian Missionaries and named it as “Kurisumala”.The Land and Temple was originally maintained by Hindu Tribals in the area.The land was given to them by Marthandavarma to local Tribals in the area.Cunning Missionaries captured this holy land of  Sahyan as well.Thanks to the efforts of Hindu awakening, after long legal struggle the Temple and land was


Restored to Hindus.


 


On “Chitra Pournami” day of the Malayalam month of Medam, women considered as part of the Devi herself, offer Pongal on Her Holy Earl. With the Nilavilakku’s lighting, the NiraPara and the playing of the Chenda the atmosphere turns into eternal blissfulness with the Devi blessing her devotees as Sakthi, Vidhya, Sthithi and Smrithi. Scores of ladies take part in this “Mathrupooja” that takes place once a year.This years Chitra Pournami falls on May 2nd.


 


Elaborate arrangements are made to adreess the needs of lakhs of Pilgrims who pay visit to this Holy Temple during this occassion by the Temple Authorities.


 


As per Temple History Sri AgasthyaMuni, underwent Thapas( deep meditation) at Kaalimala. Pleased with his devotion, Shree DharmaSastha & Shree Durga Devi revealed their divine forms to him and have ever since continued to shower their blissful blessings at Kaalimala to devotees toiling in worldliness.


 


The devotees observe severe fasting and come for the blissful dharsan with “Irumudikettu”. They offer ghee, symbolizing the power of their soul to the idol and coconuts to the fire, to attain ‘Moksha’.


 


Kaalimala has Kaalitheertham situated near to a place where Sage Agasthiya is said to have done his Holy Thapas. The Kaalitheertham which never gets dried up is considered sacred, on par with the Ganges. This water is used by thousands of women during the “Pongal Mahotsavam”.


 


“Santhana Sowbhagya Pooja” is the most important pooja offered to Shree Nagayekshi. Crowds of people from various states eagerly take part in this auspicious pooja.


 


For More Details visit: http://www.kaalimalai.com/about.htm

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