Further to the first 2012 Mahakumbhabhisheka notice uploaded in the site couple of weeks back, we have printed the 2nd notice carrying the detailed programmes that will run from 27th April thro 4th May'12. A copy of the same is uploaded in pdf format for the use of devotees. In the coming days, you all will receive copy of the same via postal/courier mail. Any comments, please direct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The history of the Agrahram dates back to centuries and even the elder generations may find it difficult to give a precise info on the origin of the village. Our ancestors were believed to be migrated from Thanjavur/ Kumbakonam, so we populary known as Tamil Brahmins. The presiding deities of the Agraharam are Chaithanya Mahaganapathy & Meenakshy Sundareshwarar & Althara Vinayagar.
The Agraharam (village) is situated very near to the Kollengode Town, within a walkable distance of 5 minutes in a tranquil and unpolluted atmosphere, free from the noise & crowd of the town. Kollengode is a major centre and one can find the tamil & kerala culture mingled over here. The nearest town is Palakkad 22 kms, which is also the District Headquarters and the nearest airport is Coimbatore around 70 kms. The local meter gauge railway station situated in Oottara is around 2 kms away from Kollengode and connects well to Palakkad in the North and Pollachi, Palani, Madurai & Rameswaram in the East. The railhead is currently closed for conversion of meter gauge to broad guage, which may further enhance the business importance of Kollengode upon completion, as the broad gauge will have a new line directly connecting to Trichur (Thrissur), the cultural capital of Kerala from where it would be quite easy and comfortable to reach the southern districts like, Cochin, Quilon, Alleppey, Idukki, Trivandrum etc. Road transport is available from Kollengode to almost all places. The importance of natural scenary one can enjoy in Kollengode is of the high range mountains situated in the backyards of the town within a radius of 6 kms and the famous Palakappandi irrigation scheme, the foundation stone for which was laid back in 2005 . At times in winter, one can see the natural waterfalls with naked eyes.
Kollengode is having all the modern amenities that one stand in need of. There is a Block Development Office, Panchayat Office, Sub-Treasury, Post Office, leading Nationalized banks & pvt. sector banks, 3* hotel near the village, lodges for stay in the heart of the town, govt & private hospitals, police station, taxis etc. The centre point of attraction is the Pulikkottu Ayyappan Kavu where during Mandala Masam many devotees from in and around Kollengode came for wearing the sacred 'Rudraksha/ Tulasi Maala' for Sabrarimala Darshan. The major yearly festival of Ayyappan Kavu is 'Aarattu' (usually falls in the month of January) which was taken care for a long time by Vengunadu Kovilakom but is now conducted by Kollengode Mechants Welfare Association. 'Aarattu' in other words can be described as the festival marking the end of all the other Desa Vilakkus in Kollengode Desam. The prominent vilakkus celebrated in Kollengode prior to Arattu festival are; Oottara Ayyappan Vilakku, Iranji Mandam Desa Vilakku, Pulimannam Desa Vilakku, Puzhakkalthara Desa Vilakku, Minor Vilakku, Electricity Board Vilakku etc. A travel to Kollengode preferably in the last week of December is a nice time to enjoy all of these Vilakkus as each one of them falls either immediately after one or within a gap of max. one day with vibrant functions like Panchavadhyam, Seeveli, Elephant procession through the busy thoroughfare from the respective Desam to Ayyappan Kavu and back.
The presiding deities of the village are; Lord Chainthanya Mahaganapathy & Lord Meenakshy Sundareshwarar (Siva). The temples as heard from the elders are as old as 500 years. Daily poojas and other routines are going on in a fitting manner and every year the major festival conducted is the week long Poornabhishekam where in the past carnatic musics, hari katha were of imminent importance which became a nostalgia now a days.
The Lord Chainthanya Mahaganapathy Temple is commonly believed by the agraharam folks as the 'most powerful deity' and one who with full devotion in mind prays him will gets surely blessed. There is a small Aanjaneya Sculpture engraved in one of the pillar and a separate structure for 'Nagaraja' is also there.
The Meenakshy Sundareshwarar Temple however has many upadevatas like Amman Nadai, Adithyan, Dakshina Moorthy, Ganpathy, Murugan, Bhairavar & Chandikeshwarar apart from Nagaraj in the prakaram.
We too have a big idol of Lord Vinayagar (commonly referred to as Althara Vinayagar) resting under the banyan tree in the Siva temple ground (Mattumanthai). Apart from daily poojas and abhishekams, there would be special poojas for this Moorthy during "Sankata Harana Chathurthi", "Vinayaka Chathurthi" etc. It would be a pleasant experience if you spend a short time of 10-15 minutes over here to enjoy the cool breeze of Banyan & Neem Tree that may fill you with fresh oxygen that you may not get even in a paid oxygen parlour. The villagers do conduct preliminary karmas of the once a year festival of 'Aavani Avittam' over here.
Once a year the Poornabhishekam festival is being celebrated at both the temples on the star (Nakshathra) on which the previous Kumbabhishekam was conducted. The main attraction of the poornabhishekam is that of conducting a "Koottu Ganapathy Homam" in the early morning followed by 11 abhishekas with 11 different dravyas in the presence of Rudrarchana by scholars at both the temples. Once the Deeparadhana is over, the residents and other people from in & around are served with 'Samadradhana'.
In the evening the Divine Chariot is decorated with garlands, incandecent lights etc. carrying the "Utsava Moorthy of Chaithanya Mahaganapathy" who starts his procession from Ganapathy Temple accompanied by 'Nadaswaram & Thavil'. The chariot rolls by force of devotees chanting the "Lords Slogas" halts in front of each house of the agraharam and the priest conducts the deeparadhana arranged for the deity in each house. After travelling thro the whole village it reaches the Meenakshy Sundareshwarar temple where a Deeparadhana is performed and the chariot heads back to its starting point (Mahaganapathy temple) where another Deeparadhana is awaiting the Deity.
Apart from this yearly festival the other major festivals like Navarathri, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Taipooyam, Sivarathri, Annabhishekam etc. too are performed with procession of the deity (Ganapathy or Siva, as the case may be) by Devotees on their shoulders than using a chariot. The Grama Jana Samooham recently bought a GORATHAM which is now very often used for Deity Processions.
The last Jeernodharana Maha Kumbhabhishekam was conducted at both the temples way back in 1996 and within a span of 12 years as per custom, the same is to be performed. With the support and encouragement from Gramavasis and outside people, it has been decided to perform a NAVEEKARANA ASHTABANDHA PUNAHPRATHISTA MAHA KUMBABHISHEKAM in May, 2012. More news can be found at the 'NEWS' section, which is being updated every now and then with all the latest happening concerning Mahakumbabhishekam-2012 and other Village festivals.
The village in its early days were fully occupied by Brahmins but due to migration of majority of the folk over the years to other parts of India for managing their livelihood, the number went down drastically. Nevertheless still the majority of the agraharam is occupied by brahmins only. The total no. of houses in the agraharam is expected to be in the range of 60 to 80.
The village has an English Medium Higher Secondary School (from Pre-KG upto 10th) and the residents are thus relieved off sending their wards to school thro the busy thoroughfare. The village also has a hospital facing the road side and accessible within minutes!!! A resident of the village has easy access to any of the facilities even at 12 in the midnight which makes this village favourite PLACE for people to stay.
The other major agraharams near to Kollengode are Perumal Kovil Gramam, Puthu (new) Gramam, Alampallam Gramam, Payyalor Gramam there too Tamil Brahmins stay in numbers. Each of the village have their own deity & festivals, which is worth a watch.
In order to effectively manage the funds received, we have opened an exclusive SB Account with Dhanalaxmi Bank at Kollengode. The details of the a/c as under: Bank Name & Address : Dhanalaxmi Bank Vasantha Complex, Kollengode (P.O), Palakkad Dist, Kerala State. PIN - 678 506 ' : (0) 9287276509 - Bank ' : (0) 9539003760 – (Mr. Sreenivasan, Mgr) (Abroad callers pls prefix 0091 to the number and omit the leading 0. Outside Kerala callers should dial the number with 0) SB Account No. : 015600100128632 IFSC/MICR/Branch Code : DLXB0000156 / NON-MICR / 000156 Cheque/DD favouring : Mahakumbhabhisheka Committee*, East Village, Kollengode Post, PIN - 678 506, Palakkad Dist., Kerala State. INDIA. ------------------------------------------------------- * please make sure to mention the exact spelling as above while effecting the transfer to ensure proper transfer of funds and receipt of the same at our end.
In order to effectively manage the funds received, we have opened an exclusive SB Account with Dhanalaxmi Bank at Kollengode. The details of the a/c as under:
Bank Name & Address
Vasantha Complex, Kollengode (P.O), Palakkad Dist, Kerala State. PIN - 678 506
' : (0) 9287276509 - Bank
' : (0) 9539003760 – (Mr. Sreenivasan, Mgr)
(Abroad callers pls prefix 0091 to the number and omit the leading 0. Outside Kerala callers should dial the number with 0)
SB Account No.
DLXB0000156 / NON-MICR / 000156
Mahakumbhabhisheka Committee*, East Village, Kollengode Post, PIN - 678 506,
Palakkad Dist., Kerala State. INDIA.
* please make sure to mention the exact spelling as above while effecting the transfer to ensure proper transfer of funds and receipt of the same at our end.
** PLEASE INFORM US ONCE THE FUNDS ARE TRANSFERRED VIA EMAIL TO (email@example.com) OR BY POST, TO MAKE SURE THE FUNDS ARE WELL RECEIVED IN THE MAHA KUMBHABHISHEKA COMMITTEE ACCOUNT. FOR THOSE, WHO STILL FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL METHOD FOR SENDING THE DONATION AS MONEY ORDER/DD, IT MAY PLEASE BE DIRECTED AS UNDER. To, Shri. K.K. Subramanian “ Treasurer ” Mahakumbhabhisheka Committee East Village, Kollengode (P.O) Palakkad (Dist), Kerala State PIN – 678 506 INDIA.
Shri. K.K. Subramanian
“ Treasurer ”
East Village, Kollengode (P.O)
Palakkad (Dist), Kerala State
PIN – 678 506