promised, Lord Parameswar visited with Parvathi at his asram and
blessed him for doing that Jagadodharan Karya. While staying there,
Parvathi had her menses. The divine couple, therefore, dwelt there
till the purificatory bath. To keep this alive in memory a temple
wash built later, and the image of Lord Parameswar and Parvathi were
installed and worshipped with reverence due.
To mark this event,
Triputtu Arattu - bathing ceremony is conducted regularly since
then. On account of the occurrence of this here, the Panchaloha
representing her figure menstruates even today. So the tradition
is maintained with. great reverence. Normally the priest who
attends to the Nirmalayam - removing of the previous day's flowers
etc. at the opening of the temple doors examines the petticoat
of the deity. If he finds the signs of bleeding on the petticoat, it
is sent to the priest's house for confirmation by tire chief lady
- the priest's wife.
On confirmation, the Srikoil is kept closed
three days. During this period, a small Vigraha is installed in a
room, and regular worship is offered to it. On the fourth day
Triputtu Ceremony - bathing ritual is performed with great fanfare.
The image then is taken out to the nearby Pampa river on a female
elephant. Thousands of devotees; particularly ladies attend this.
The returning of the deity to the temple is awaited by Lord Parameswar
mounted on elephant. Receiving her at the portal, they go
back to their respective seats. Then regular pujas are conducted.
is a monthly occurrence, yet asthiks attach great sanctity and
it with utmost devotion. If nasthiks belittle it, or deliberately
denigrate, they are punished forthwith.. History with abundant
evidence recorded the consequences of desecration of this practice
along with .names and dates. Besides, the petticoat that bears
the marks of blood is sold in auction, and the bidders being many
including intellectuals and officials, it fetches thousands of
Among the buyers, one may be surprised to find-the names of
ex-president V .V Giri and Sir. C.P Ramaswamy Iyer to quote a