Irumudi Kettunira

25/10/2011 Pilgrim Rituals

The most important rite just before starting the pilgrimage is the Kettunira, also known as Kettumurukku. It is the filling in of the sacred package, which the pilgrim reverentially carries on his head. For this purpose a blue or black bag with two compartments, which is known as Irumudi , is used. This ritual is performed by the Guruswami on the day for the pilgrimage fixed by him. This filled package is known as Irumudikettu. Only those who carry the Irumudikettu on the head would be allowed to climb the 18 sacred steps to the temple, as they are the ones considered to have observed the austerities and thus eligible to climb the holy steps.

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