hark the visit becomes incomplete and purpose unfulfilled, if the significance
and procedure of Suchindram Pratyayam is not properly understood.
The ordeal is
conducted with an elaborate procedure and that too in full public gaze. The
accused to prove his innocence has to, obtain a letter of authorization from the
highest authority for undergoing the ordexal at Suchindram. The yogakkar - the
official in charge, on receiving it fixes, the time and intimates it to the
concerned patties. There are certain ceremonies to be observed before
commencement. The accused along with associates have to observe fast on that
day. The parties and spectators assemble at the Udaya Marthanda Mandapam. After
several rituals to God, ghee is boiled to such a high degree that the bark and
leaf of the Konnayadi tree makes cracking sound when thrown into the boiling
ghee vessel. The accused is made to dip his hand in the boiling ghee and take
out the seal kept in it. If on the third day,
there are no wounds or blisters on hand, the accused is acquitted, else he is
branded guilty and becomes social outcast.
Satyasodhana though was in practice for some centuries, it is not confined to
Suchindram only. There are few more places where the dishonest are made to bite
the dust in the public.
Location: The temple lies
in the Kanya Kumari town, accessible by four wheelers from Nagar Koil, Tamil