GODDESS PADMAVATHI DEVI BLESSINGS INVOKED WITH LAKSHAKUMKUMARCHANA
TIRUCHANOOR, 7 December 2015: The Navahnika Karthika Brahmotsavams which are going to commence from Tuesday onwards in the famous pilgrim town of Tiruchanoor off to a grand start with the most colourful religious ceremony of Lakshakumkumarchana on the penultimate day.
The auspicious ritual of ‘Laksha Kumkumarchana’ began amid renditions of sacred chants and mellifluous hymns at Sri Padamvathi Devi temple on Monday morning. The event, which is considered auspicious started from 7 a.m. and continued till 12 noon, with the processional deity of goddess Padmavati in all Her divine splendour, seated on a finely decked ‘Asan’ in ‘Mukha Mandapam’ situated opposite to Sri Krishna Swamy temple within the main temple premises.
LAKSHMI STOTRAM RECITED:
Priests recited ‘Lakshmi Astottaram’ and ‘Lakshmi Sahasranamam’ with devotional fervour and performed ‘Archana’ with vermilion invoking multiple names of the goddess.
SIGNIFICANCE: Before the annual Brahmotsavams or any mega religious event in a Hindu goddess temple, priests usually perform ‘Laksha Kumkumarchana’ seeking a peaceful conduct of the event. As vermilion is often considered to be auspicious for married Hindu women signifying the longevity of their husband’s life, this religious fete is performed in the temple premises where in couples took part with utmost devotion.
There is another strong belief that by propitiation of the deity with this unique ritual, priests hope for a smooth and successful conduct of the future events. According to the Hindu Sanatana Dharma, Vermilion otherwise called “Kumkum” is also considered as the symbolic representation of Goddess Shakti, who is also revered as Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Parvathi.
Temple Special Grade Deputy Executive Officer Smt Chenchu Lakshmi and others were also present.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI