This is the 10th year thematic Kolu we have set up. We,Avinash and Harathy as youngsters, strongly believe in taking up traditional themes and conveying values as far as possible .
We have a two-room Kolu. The first room houses the main, traditional 9-step Kolu. We have done a traditional Kolumandapam decoration here. It consists of vidhanam or the asmanagiri in the ceiling around it and the thoranapandal and poo pandal. The back drop of the Kolu are the thombais.
The second room consists of the thematic Kolu – ANBE SIVAM(grace of Lord Shiva on his devotees starting from ambal to all living beings)
Lord Siva is the God of Love. His Grace is boundless. He is the Saviour and Guru. He is the Beloved of Uma. He is Satyam, Sivam, Subham, Sundaram, Kantam. He is the Supreme Light that shines in our heart.The lord has done many miracles and lilas to grace his devotees starting from ambal to devas to all living beings.
We have portrayed:
1.The emergence or story of Mylapore:
How GodessKarpagambal performed pooja to Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock.
2. Lord Dakshinamurthy:
He is the depiction of Lord Shiva which illustrates him as the supreme Adi Guruand is the facet of the Lord as the guru who enlightenes one with knowledge and how he graced the four kumarasSanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana.andSanatkumara in the form of mouna guru.
3.Lord Shiva and Godess Parvathi feeding gnanapal to Gnanasamandhar
When Sambandar was three years old his parents took him to the Shiva temple where Shiva and his consort Parvati appeared before the child and fed gnana pal to him. His father saw drops of milk on the child's mouth and asked who had fed him, whereupon the boy pointed to the sky and responded with the song TodudayaSeviyan, the first verse of the Tevaram.
4. How the dispute between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma on who is greater was settled by Lord Shiva
In a dispute between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma as to who is greater,the dispute was settled by a condition as to he who sees either end(head or feet) of Lord Shiva is greater than the other. Brahma went up to see the head and Vishnu went down to see the feet. After several days Lord Vishnu could not find the feet and he sat in deep meditation and realized that he is not the greatest. Lord Brahma also traveled several days and could not see the head and was about to return by that time he saw this flower coming down. The flower said that it is coming from the head of Lord Shiva. Brahma requested the flower to give evidence in his favour that he has seen the head. They came told to Lord Vishnu that Lord Brahma has seen the head of Lord Shiva. Immediately Lord Shiva appeared and was very angry with Lord Brahma and Thamzhampoo for telling lie. He plucked the 5th head of Lord Brahma and cursed that Brahma will not be worshipped at any temple. Also cursed Thazhampoo that the flower should not be used to worship him in any temple. On its pleading he made a concession that the flower may be used only on the Maha Siva Rathiri nights.
6.The story of the KannappaNayana
KannappaNayana noticed that one of the eyes of the Shiva linga was oozing blood and tears. Sensing that the Lord's eye had been injured, KannappaNayana proceeded to pluck his one eye out with one of his arrows and placed it in the spot of the bleeding eye of the Shiva linga. This stopped the bleeding in that eye of the linga. He noticed that the other eye of the linga has also started oozing blood. So he thought that if he were to pluck his other eye too, he would become blind to exactly know the spot where he has to place his own second eye over the bleeding second eye of the lingam. So he placed his great toe on the linga to mark the spot of the bleeding second eye and proceeded to pluck out his other and only eye. Moved by his extreme devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before KannappaNayana and restored both his eyes. He made him as one of the Nayanmars and he was called as Kannappan or KannappaNayanar
8.How the naalvar were graced by Lord Shiva
1. Saint ThirugnanaSambandar: The daughter of the merchant SivanesaChettiarAngamPoompavai died when she was bitten by a snake. She was resurrected when Sambandar sang a hymn (a pathigam) in praise of Lord Kapaleeshwar and reached the tenth verse.
Sambandar was humble to realise that the miracle was not his power, but only the grace of God only.
2.SaintSundarar:How Shiva mediated between Sundarar and ParavaiNachiyar
Sundarar regarded the Lord as his friend ,whom he could call upon for any help. In his previous incarnation, he was AlalaSundarar, one of the Shiva ganaOnce,whenSundarar was living by the side of Lord Siva in the Mount Kailas in His service, he was enamored by two girls Aninditi and Kamalini, the attendants of Goddess Parvathi. They, too, fell in love with Sundarar. Lord Siva, through His divine vision, understood all that had happened and called AlalaSundarar and said, "Sundarar, since you fell in love with these girls, all of you will have to take a human birth. You will marry them and enjoy the pleasures of the world."Kamalini, the attendant of Parvathi in Kailasa took birth in Thiruvaaroor, and was called Paravayar.Anindita, the other maid-servant of Parvathi in Kailasa, who had also taken a human birth, was now Sangilyar in Jnayiru in ThondaiNadu.Lord Shiva mediated between Sundarar and the two ladies.
The saint graces in the form of Guru in the Athmanadhaswami temple of ThillaiThiruperundurai. This is a temple built by the Saint Himself.During the stay of Saint Manickavasagar here, Lord Shiva came to him in the guise of a Shiva devotee and expressed his wish to hear him sing the praise of the Lord. The Saint was too happy to please the devotee. Lord Shiva wrote the songs of the saint with the note “written as sung by the saint” and put His signature as TiruChittrambalamUdayar and placed it in the shrine of Lord Nataraja and disappeared. Vedic Scholars sought the explanation and meaning of the songs from the saint, who simply showed the Lord and said that He was the substance and meaning of the songs. So saying, the saint merged with the Lord. Based on this event, Lord Athmanathaswami appears as a Shiva devotee in front of the temple. Saint Manickavasagar stands before the Lord with folded hands.
4.Saintappar: Lord shiva’s grace restored appar’s faith in saivism.
9.Story of Markandeya: Lord Shiva protects Markandeya from Yama
Markandeyagrew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death he continued his worship of Shiva in his aniconic form of Shivalingam. Yama came in person to take away Markandeya's life, and sprung his noose around the young sage's neck. By accident or fate the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression. After defeating Yama in battle to the point ofdeath, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter also known as Kalantaka("Ender of Death").
10.Story of Jambukeshwarartemple,Thiruvanaikaval
There were two Siva Gana: 'Malyavan' and 'Pushpadanta'. Though they are Siva Ganas they always quarrel with each other and fight for one thing or other. In one fight 'Malyavan' cursed 'Pushpadanta' to become an elephant on earth and the latter cursed the former to become a spider on earth. The elephant and the spider came to Jambukeswaram and continued their Siva worship. The elephant collected water from river Cauvery and conducted ablution to the lingam under the Jambu tree daily. The spider constructed his web over the lingam to prevent dry leaves from dropping on it and prevent sunlight directly falling on it. When the elephant saw the web and thought it was dust on lingam. The elephant tore them and cleaned the lingam by pouring water and the practice continued daily. The spider became angry one day and crawled into the trunk of the elephant and bit the elephant to death, killing itself. Siva, in the form of Jambukeswara, moved by the deep devotion of the two, relieved them from the curse. As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as ThiruAanaiKaa.Later the name 'Thiruaanaikaa' become 'Thiruvanaikaval' and 'Thiruvanaikoil'.
Lord Shiva came in disguise as an youngster to help an old womanVanthiammai .He eats a fistful of puttu offered by her and helps in building a massive wall at the south bank of river Vaigai.On working he gets tired and sleeps off under a tree,the king who watches this youngter sleep hits him with a cane.The blow on the lad landed on everbody’s back including the king.Lord Shiva performed this thiruvilayadhal to give mukthi to the old woman.
12.Lord Vishnu in his ten incarnationsperfomedpooja to Lord Shiva
Matsyaavatharam:Matsya is the fish incarnation of Vishnu .In Kanda Puranam, the epic authored by KachiyappaSivachariar,Koneswaram is venerated as one of the three foremost Shiva abodes in the world, alongside Thillai Chidambaram Temple and Mount Kailash. The Vishnu-Thirumal shrine of the Koneswaram complex repaired by KullakottanChola was referred to as the ThirukonamalaiMacchakeswaram/MacceswaramKovil, a Tamil rendering of the Sanskrit Matsyakesvara.
Kurmaavatharam: Karchapeswarar Temple is located in the town of Kanchipuram. According to popular folklore, Vishnu is believed to have worshipped Shiva in the form of kurma (tortoise).The other name given to the temple is Kachipedu.
The fourth avathar of lord Vishnu prayed to Shiva to expiate the sin that he might have incurred while killing of the bhraminHiranyakashipu.
Parashuramar: Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu.Parashurama, a Brahmin, received his famous axe after undertaking terrible penance to please Shiva, who in turn taught him Kalaripayattu (the mother of all martial arts).
Rama avatharamAccording to Ramayana, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to Shiva here to absolve any sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon-king Ravana in Sri Lanka. According to the Puranas,Rama along with his wife Sitaand his brother Lakshmana, installed and worshipped the here to expiate the sin of Brahmahatya incurred while killing of the Brahmin Ravana.
Krishna avatharam: In Krishna avathar when Krishna wanted to bring KalpaVriksha from Indra,he worshiped Shiva for blessings and that is known as GopeshwaraMahadeva in vrindavana.
13.Lord Shiva in the disguise of a bangle seller
In Madurai,Lord Shiva went in the disguise of a bangle seller to attract or cheer young girls.
14.We have depicted the Thiruvanamalai.It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the PanchaBhootaStalas, and specifically the element of fire,
From the temple there is a procession of Lord Shiva and Godess Parvathi in rishabavahana.
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