Nurani grama samudayam
nurani village, palakkad

Other Cultural and Religious Programs

Many cultural programs like lectures, music, concerts, dance programs,divyanama bhajnas, poornapushkala kalyanolstavam. etc are organized during the mandalam festival to the delight of the devotees. Besides the regular poojas and programs the following special poojas are performed during mandalam in connection with Sasthapreethi – Maharudram in 11 days is conducted every year with Vasoordhara, dhampathi pooja Poornahuthi, Kumba Abhishekham, homam etc. Further poorna dravya abhishekam to Sastha and kalababhishekham to Vishnu are also performed. Many devotees contribute for the abhishekam in both sannidhis and for the kanaku. Many offer dakshina for vaidheekas chanting vaaram and some undertake to give or offer donations for night meals for them.

Thus ends the famous hectic festival of 6 – 7 weeks to the contentment, satisfaction and great achievement of the villagers, relatives, well wishers and those villagers who have specially arrived for the festival from far and near. The village which was receiving the inflow of many people now begin to see the outflow creating a deserted appearance to the village. All look forward for the next year Sasthapreethi and determine to attend the function every year Participation in Sasthapreethi festival is a classic example of unique qualities of unity, love, trust, selfless service and devotion among all the villagers and other devotees.

Car Festival

There are two Car festivals in the village. One at Sivan kovil. Panguni uthiram ratholsavam at Siva Temple. Name itself shows that it falls in the month of Panguni (March – April) and Dhwajarohanam is before 8 days in rohini star and ratholsavam on 9th day. Dhwajaavarohanam is on the 10th day after arattu. Second car festival is at Maha Vishnu temple. Here also Dhwajarohanam is on rohini star in the month of chithira (mostly Akshaya Thritheeya) and car festival on the 9th day in uthiram star. Here importance is stressed on Dhwajaavarohanam on 10th day after aarattu in hastham star. In some months it may go to the month of vaikasi.

Pudhupanchangam

Reading of Pudhupanchangam and understanding the thithi, varam, nakshatram, yogam and karamam is very auspicious that brings prosperity and plenty to the readers and listeners. Panchangam of each day is studied in early morning before the deity in all Mahakshetras. Srirangam panchangam is studied at Sri Ranganatha swamy Temple in Srirangam.

In our village and some other villages in Kerala also pudhupanchangam pertaining to the new Tamil year is read on the New Year day in chithirai. First good and bad aspects are explained. This was done by Sankara Sastrigal family for the last 120 years and ended with late Sri Ramalinga Sastrigal.

Palmangai and Puthari

Palmangai is a payasam like preparation. The ingredients are jaggery, coconut milk, ripe mango juice, jack fruit, plantains, dried ginger powder, pepper powder etc. These are boiled to taste. It is believed that Vibheeshana offered this as Neivdedyam to Sree Rama after the great Rama-Ravana war. It falls on Vaikasi Pournami.

Paddy produced after the first harvest of the South-west monsoon in the month of Karkidakam or Chingam is received with gay and vadyam. Rice from this paddy is pounded and after pooja to the God is used for preparing the Payasam called Puthari Payasam (Chathachathayam) and offered as Neivedyam to the deities in the temples.

In the above cases Neivedyam is distributed to the village residents, former at night and the letter at day time..

Uriyadi

Uriyadi is a part of Krishna Leela. Sri Krishna Breading milk curd and butter pots. It is celebrated once in a year in various days at various places. In Nurani it is celebrated on Aavani Sunday.

Purattasi Bhajana

In the month of Purattasi, Bhajans are arranged with Divya Nama and Deepa Pradakshinam in high devotion. Purattasi Saturday is a very auspicious day to worship the Lord of the Hills, Lord Thrupati Venkatachalapathy. We are also celebrating this . Devotees vie with one another to sponsor for the Saturday bhajan. They prepare two or three varieties of Neivedyam including sweets. The bhajan last from dusk to dawn. Musicians and viewers are given coffee and Neivedyam. Bhajana Madam is decorated with large quantity of flowers and active participants who sing and round the deepam are also garlanded.

Tulapuranam

Tula Puranam is the text on sacred river Kaveri Mahathmyam. One chapter is recited every day during the month of Tulam in temples and meaning is explained to the audience mostly aged ladies. The stories are very interesting and particularly so when Subhadra Kalyanam and Sri Krishna’s trick played against his brother Balarama. Here also Ramalinga Sastry belonging to Sankara Sastry family was reading the Puranam. He used to say humorously that many of his ancestors have read the purana and many audience have heard the story but Lord Ayyappa is the person hearing the purana for more than 120 years. Last day Sastrigal goes house to house, his feet are washed, rice, tamarind, thuardhal, salt and some vegetables are offered to him with Dakshina.

Ashtapadi

Ashtapadi is the creation of Jayadeva Kavi who was a great Krishna Bhaktha and the songs are Sringara Rasa absorbed in Krishna Bhakthi. Ashtapadi songs are sung through the streets of Nurani village in the early hours of morning during the month of Thulam (Aippasi) for more than a century. In those days there would be 3 or 4 people. Though they begin with 3 or 4 Ashtapadi songs, they will continue Namasanakeerthana Bhajans. Linganathu Mani was a devoted singer, but his life was short. There was one Bhagawathar and we are afraid to add his nick name for fear of disrespect to the great soul. He was a very sincere Bhajanas singer. He used to carry burrycane lamp on his shoulder and used to sing Ashtapadi even when there was nobody to accompany him. In 1925 Maha Vishnu Temple Ratham fell down at Single Street and the Sthalikkudam hit the feet of our Bhagavathar. Unmindful of the disability caused by this, Bhagawathar was very active.

Half a century ago Mani’s own brothr Hari, Raja Iyer (N.R. Seshadri), N.V.Arunachala Iyer and other learnt Ashtapadi under Balu Bhagawathar who was an expert harmonist. They started full Ashtapadi songs accompanied by Harmonium, Mridangam, Ganjira and Gas light. It was very pleasant to hear music in the early hours. Youngsters joined the Bhajans and Bhajana Appu’s father Neelu Anna knew everything by heart. The tradition is kept so far. It is a strong belief that Ashtapadi distances poverty and brings prosperity to the entire village.