“While Pyramids, temples, cathedrals and skyscrapers were built and fell into decay, languages and religions came and went, and inumerable wars were fought, the vedas and their ritual continued to be transmitted by word of mouth, from teacher to pupil, and from father to son. What a triumph of human spirit over the limitation of matter and physical body….”
Panjal is all getting ready for “Athirathram”, the 4500 year old Vedic ritual. Athirathram is a 12 day event, a great spectacle and display of learning. Last Athirathram was performed in 2006 at Kizhakkancherry. Panjal hosted the 1975 Athirathram. Panjal Athirathram is planned from April 4-15,2011. Varthathe Trust is organising the event,
So why Yaagam?
The goal of all yaagams is the prosperity of the people at large y energizing and protecting the environment. As Sun is the main supply of energy, fire is considered as the representation of Sun and yaagam is an offer to Fire and inturn Sun, as a God
Banner announcing the Panjal Athirathram at shoranur
Camp in full swing
The Namboothiris participating in Panjal Athirathram are already camping at Panjal and practising the rendition of mantras. The prepration started last August.
Practicing of taittiriyam of Yajurveda by Poothillathu Ramanujan Somayajippadu, who is the ‘Yajamanan’ for the Athirathram and Kapra Sankaranarayanan Akkithiripad, ‘Yajamanan’ of the previous Athirathram
Practicing of Kaushithakam, Rig Veda by Cherumukku Vallabhan Somayajippadu and Naras Parameshwaran Namboothiri!
To be continued…