ANDHRA PRADESH

Six-day Rudra yagam begins

‘Agni Madhanam' being performed before commencement of the yagam in Vijayawada on Monday. — PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

‘Agni Madhanam' being performed before commencement of the yagam in Vijayawada on Monday. — PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR  

The six-day Chandi Sahitha Maha Rudra Yagam being organised by the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam began on Monday with the priests performing the required rituals as prescribed in the traditional texts.

Minister for Endowments Gade Venkata Reddy, Minister for Animal Husbandry K. Parthasarathy, Commissioner of Endowments J.S.V. Prasad, temple Executive Officer N. Vijay Kumar and others participated in Vighneswara pooja, which was performed as a prelude to the yagam. The ‘Yaga Karta' (chief performer of the yagam) Kapilawai Ramakrishna Sastry and other ‘ritviks' (officiating priests) made the holy fire using ‘Arani Manthani', an instrument similar to a hand drill. While chanting Vedic hymns, they vigorously drilled a wooden shaft. The spinning caused black dust to form near the hole of the soft wood. The black dust with smoulder was transferred onto tinder of twigs. As soon as the flames emanated from the plate of twigs, the environs echoed with the words ‘Harom Hara'.

“It is Vedic procedure to make fire with Arani Manthani. We can call it as ‘Agni Madhanam' (churning of fire). It is done with ‘Agni Prathisthana' mantras,” explained P. V. Suryanarayana Sarma, principal of the Vedic School run by the temple. The Endowments Minister said that the Yagam was aimed at propitiating Lord Siva to bestow peace and prosperity upon people of the State. Temple Upa Pradhana Archarka Malleswara Sastry said the Mahanyasa Poorvaka Abhishekam, Siva Panchakshari and other rituals were performed.



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