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Tiruvannamalai’s Mahalya Amavasya food distribution is a grand affair

According to the temple priest of Tiruvannamalai temple in Tamil Nadu, “as per the Hindu mythology the renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna after his death ascended to the higher worlds.

Here the great charity and punyas he had done here bore fruit and were returned to him hundredfold. But the reward was all in gold and silver and precious stones; there was no food, as he had not done any food-offerings! Therefore He prayed to the god of death and received the boon of going back to the earth for fourteen days, to make up for this deficiency.

For fourteen days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the higher regions, he had food in plenty. It is these fourteen days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha. Due to the grace of Yama, the god of death, it was thus ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.”

During the Mahalya Amavasya, in Tiruvannamalai, mostly on the girivalam road plenty of food distribution is done for the girivalam doing devotees. During this time, Sadhus are also feed. In some places on the girivalam road, Brahmin feeding takes place. On the banks of the Isanya theertham, rites to departed souls are conducted. The festival of Navarathri commences in this temple on the night of Mahalya Amavasya. Even Goddess Parvathi idol is placed in a special pavilion outside the temple and worshipped for during the next nine days in this temple.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    food offerings for mahalaya amavasai

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