Irumudi kettu is a travel pouch or a travel kit of the Sabarimala pilgrims. Irumudi kettu is a small bag with two compartments one in the front and another in the back that has to be filled with Pooja items. The front compartment of the bag is called munmudi and back compartment of the bag is called pinmudi, the front portion (munmudi) is for Lord Ayyappa and the back portion (pinmudi ) is for carrying the personal belongings of the devotee.
The term Iru means two and Kettu means knot or a small bundle. Irumudi kettu is the most important component of pilgrimage to Sabarimala. The irumudikettu is prepared under the surveillance of Guruswami and preparing irumudi kettu is known as kettu nirakkal or palli kettu. The irumudi kettu is carried by devotees who have observed 41 days vritham. Irumudi kettu is essential to step the 18 steps that lead to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Devotees without Irumudi Kettu are not allowed to pass through the stairway to reach the shrine.
What are the Essential Ingredients of Irumudi Kettu?
Cleaned coconut to fillmghee
Currency coins (Kanni Ponnu )
Malar (puffed rice)
Agarbathis (incense sticks)
Avil (beaten rice)
2 other coconuts
Pepper (for Vavar and the optional items like candy sugar, small quantity of honey, dry grapes
Cloth to change and bed sheets are also carried by the pilgrim with the Irumudi.
Some of the items are optional like dry grape.
What does the Nei thenga (Ghee filled Coconut ) and the Nei Abhishekam Signifies?
The concept of Nei Thenga has a very higher spiritual meaning. The coconut carried to the shrine is considered as the representation of Human body, which has to be kept clean internally and externally. As part of external cleaning it has to be cleaned thoroughly and the fiber and all small particles around should be rubbed off and should be kept clean and smooth. It symbolizes the purity of devotees body.
Secondly, the coconut water is drained out through a small opening made on the end of the coconut. The draining of sweetened water symbolizes the cleansing of inner senses of sensual pleasure. It shows that the inner self of devotee is emptied and getting ready to get filled with pure life source. Filling the emptied coconut with ghee symbolizes this concept. Nei Thenga or Mudra Thenga or Ghee coconut signifies purified devotee. Each Nei thenga signifies physically and spiritually cleansed devotee who is ready to surrender completely before Lord Ayyappa. The ghee is used for Abhishekam and the empty coconut is put to burn outside. It shows that the body perishes but the cleansed inner-self reaches the almighty.
It is only in Sabarimala the devotees and the God become the one and the same. Sabarimala is an abode of spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Swami Saranam.
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Ganesha or Ganapati is the commander of Shivas troops and because he is the one who creates obstacles for demons and removes obstacles for the demigods/devotees, he is known as Vighnesvara ("lord of obstacles") and Vinayaka ( one who removes obstacles). The "obstacle" theme also tells us why Ganesha uses a rat as his vehicle. As rodents generally succeed in gnawing their way through any obstruction, the rat symbolizes Ganeshas ability to destroy every obstacle.
Vighnesa, who removes fear from the minds, whose purpose is to help his worshippers surmount every difficulty. With the noose in his hand, Ganesha can hold you close or capture and confine both blessings and obstacles. With the goad, Ganesha can strike and repel obstacles from you. Ganesha removes obstacles but he can also put them in your way to prevent you from going down the wrong path. Ganesha's four arms stand for his immense power in helping Humanity. Lord Ganesha is the Single-Tusk One, patron of literature, who tore off one of his tusks to scribe the great epic Mahabharata. Through this action Ganapati teaches us that knowledge and dharma are of utmost importance worth sacrificing even pride and beauty to attain. The tiny little rat at his feet, Mooshika, representing the worldly desires that need to be overcome. The contradiction between the heaviness of the elephant and the lightness of the rat is an illustration of Ganeshas role as one who brings about unity and harmony.
Ganesha sits contentedly upon the muladhara (first) chakra and reigns over it. Ganesha is the deity of the instinctive mind and of the intellectual mind. He clears the mind so that awareness may flow into it. Ganesha is also associated with general abundance in life. To worship Ganesha, hold his form steady in your mind with eyes closed. Talk to him. He will listen. Put all your problems at his feet. Ganesha answers you not in words but by his influencing events and decisions slowly and in unseen ways. Situations will change for you and doors will open through your prayers to him. Ganesha enjoys adulation through constant repetition of his name. So sing his glories, Chant his name, all your obstacles will be removed!!! ✨🐘🕉👁🌀📿🍃🐚🐍🌷🐀🎨🙏🏻
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Lord Shiva is one of the most powerful God. He is Bholenath, an innocent compassionate God. And fierce Mahakal at the same time. He is not only considered as Adiyogi but he is also considered as the God of Gods. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. In spite of him being considered as the destructor of life one has to understand that he is the reason for re-birth as well. He is the one who possesses both the generative and destructive powers of nature. Shiva is a verycomplex form who has control over both the macro and micro levels of the cosmic energy. Even in temples you will find a separate shrine for Shiva recognising him as the most powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu trinity.
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