Sunday, September 29, 2013

KATHAKALI AS VOTIVE OFFERING

Sree Vallabha Swamy temple which is one among the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu is situated at Thiruvalla Town of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala, just 2 kms from the railway station and KSRTC bus station.
This temple is a highly orthodox Hindu temple dedicated to 'Purusha',an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The installation of 'Sudarshana Chakra' of Lord Vishnu in this temple dates back to 3000 B.C.
Kathakali is played as devotee's offering at  this temple on almost all days of the year.
'Vilwamangalam Swamikal', a sage who possessed several powers when once visited the temple at early hours could not find the Lord's presence inside the temple.With curiosity he searched for him in the premises and found him among the audience who were watching Kathakali  which was being played on the stage.The Lord was disguised as an young Brahmin but Vilwamangalam Swamikal  recognise him quickly.Suddenly  Lord disappeared in to the temple saying that Vilwamangalam disturbed him  while he was enjoying his favourite art form-Kathakali.
So Kathakali became an important Votive offering in this temple and people makes arrangements to play the story of their choice to fulfil their wishes.
'Duryodhana Vadham' (annihilation of Duryodhana) is played to get rid off the problems caused by enemies.'Santhana Gopalam' story is  arranged to play before the deity by childless couples to get blessing for an offspring.
'Kuchela Vritham' Kathakali is arranged to play by devotees  to remove  their poverty.
'Thokalasura Vadham'  and 'Sree Vallabha Vijayam' are two stories  played to  fulfil all wishes of the devotees.




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