the priest who attends to Nirmalayam - removing of the previous
day's flowers etc.. at the opening of the temple doors examine the
petticoat of the deity. If he finds the signs of bleeding on the
petticoat, it is sent to the head priest's house for confirmation by
the priest's wife. When confirmed, the Srikoil is kept closed for
three days. During this period, a small vigraha is installed in a
secluded room, and regular worship is offered to it. On the fourth
day. the Triputtu Ceremony - bathing ritual is performed with great
fanfare. The image then is taken out to the nearby Pampa river on
female elephant in procession.
of devotees, particularly ladies join this lending colour to it. The
returning of the deity of the temple is awaited at the Mahadwar by
Lord Parameswar mounted on elephant. Receiving her at the portal,
they go back to their respective seats. Then regular pujas are
conducted. This is a monthly occurrence, but nasthikas belittle, or
deliberately denigrate it on the grounds of agnosticism. And they
forthwith. History with abundant evidence recorded the consequences
of desecration of this practice with names and dates.
hecklers realising the sacredness of it made ample amends, besides
the petticoat that bearing the marks of the blood is deemed
auspicious and sold in auction. And the bidders being many,
including intellectuals and officials, it fetches thousands of
rupees. 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 few.
And it is a great occasion, when huge crowds assemble to participate
in bidding and avail that rarity imbued with mysticism. Listen to
the plight of one who deliberately pooph-poophed the practice and
stopped it using his power.