TIRUCHANOOR, NOV 18: The devotional spree in the famous temple of Goddess Sri Padamvathi Devi at Tiruchanoor began with the sacred ritual “Laksha Kumkumarchana” on Tuesday which is considered to be auspicious in a Hindu Goddess temple.

According to Hindu Sanatana Dharma “Kumkum” or Vermilion is considered to be most important especially for married women as it is applied by them over the forehead near parting of the hair seeking the longeivity of their husbands. Usually, Sindhoor or vermilion or kumkum is the symbolic representation of Goddess Shakti who is also revered to as Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Parvathi.

So, before starting brahmotsavams or any mega religious event in a Hindu Goddess temple, the priests usually perform “Laksha Kumkumarchana” seeking the execution of the religious event in a smooth manner and successful manner by appeasing Mother Goddess with this unique ritual.

In the temple of Tiruchanoor, which happens to be the abode of Goddess Padmavathi Devi, the temple priests carried out “Laksha Kumkumarchana” from 7am till 12 noon to the processional deity of Goddess Padmavathi seated on a finely decked Asan in Mukha Mandapam located opposite Sri Krishna Swamy temple located within the main temple premises.

The priests recited “Lakshmi Astottaram”, “Lakshmi Sahasranamam” several hundred times and carried out “Laksha Kumkumarchana” with devotional fervour. Every time when they were reciting the multiple name of the Goddess, archana was done with vermilion to the processional deity. Hundreds of women devotees took part in this special ritual.

Temple Sp.Gr.Dy.E.O.Smt Chenchu Lakshmi, AEO Smt Nagarathna, VGO Sri Ravindra Reddy, other temple staff members, priests and devotees took part in this colourful religious fete which lasted for over five hours.