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Friday, October 21, 2011

Chandi Homam at Sri Saradambal Temple

Chandi Homam is a religious ritual performed by Hindus to invoke the blessings of Goddess Durga or Goddess Chandi. It begins with the Karta (devotee) invoking Agni (God of fire) and inviting him to carry the dravya (offerings into the fire) to the deity. The Goddess, pleased with the offerings grants the wishes of the devotees in the form of benefits like longevity, success in business,removal of obstacles, good health, prosperity, progeny etc.The core of the ceremony involves chanting of Durga Sapthashati. These are 700 secret & powerful mantras in praise of Goddess Durga in which she defeats various demons. With the recitation of each verse offerings are made in the sacrificial fire invoking the the goddess. In Chandi Homa Goddess Durga is considered to be a young Kanya girl, so while performing this homam girl children are worshipped and offered gifts.
During the recently concluded Navaratri Celebrations at Coimbatore I happened to participate in the Chandi Homam at the Sri Saradambal Temple - both as a devotee as well as a cameraman. I present below the series of pics of the homam:

18 comments:

  1. Aren't our Hindu rituals amazing ? I guess this must be similar to the Chandika Homam in Mookambika Temple. Very nice photos!

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  2. Thanks for sharing.Have not heard of this religious ritual. Interesting.

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  3. @Ash-Yes its exactly identical.Mookambikai is another form of Saradambal.

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  4. The pictures are great...I too would love to take pictures at a place like this!

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  5. Very much informative and wonderful shots.

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  6. I appreciate for your wonderful and informative post. Very beautiful pictures and you have nicely elaborated.
    Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali.

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  7. Thanks for such a informative post
    I loved it to see and read it :)
    Amazing shots ...

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  8. nice information with nice photos

    The atmosphere will tends to make peace in our mind

    and also thanks to your nice comment about my post

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  9. These rituals are so colorful and "alive", they might as well jump out from the screen. I'm glad photos are allowed during such rituals. They deserve to be "documented" for posterity so that more people will know of them.

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  10. Thank you for your very kind comments.

    This is a great post. Very informative and beautiful pictures. Wonderful work.

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  11. So very interesting to see. Thank you for sharing these.

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  12. Beautiful pictures of the ritual. I have never witnessed anything like this!

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  13. Nice to see your snaps & hear about the rituals! gud job!

    @ Ash - Chottanikara,Kollur & sringeri temples worshiped by saktha's as Durga,Lakshi & sarasvathi respectively.

    (Saktha's - The group of people worshipping Maa Sakthi as their Primary god)

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  14. the fire pit is very nice. thank you for sharing this tradition.

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