Naga Pooja 2021 was performed at Ambalavattam Temple, Thalassery on Sunday 5 September 2021. This conforms to Ayilyam nakshatram on 20 Chingam 1197 of the Malayalam calendar. We paid close attention to the the Coronavirus restrictions. Family members and people from the neighbourhood participated in Naga Pooja 2021. We celebrate naga pooja each year.
Pooja Ceremonies at Naga Pooja 2021
The pooja for Noorum Palum began at 8:00 am and concluded at 12:30 pm. Every year during Naga Pooja we perform Noorum Palum at Ambalavattam Temple. We proffer the pooja to Nagaraja and Naga Yakshi and endeavour to ward off the evil effects of Sarpa Dosham and Rahu Dosham. The conviction is that by offering Noorum Palum to Nagas, we get their blessings towards the well-being of all family members. The main ritual consists of bathing the deities with milk mixed with rice powder. Subsequently the deities get a shower of turmeric powder.
Legend Behind Noorum Palum
The legend goes that Lord Vishnu had nursed the burns of snakes using a concoction of turmeric powder, arecanut flowers and tender coconut water. The mixture goes by the name of Noor. The snakes regained health after the treatment of Lord Vishnu. This transpired on the day of the Ayilyam nakshatram. The star is therefore considered auspicious for the worship of the Naga devas. The nakshatra’s symbol is a coiled serpent. Male cat is its animal symbol.
Coronaviru and Naga Pooja 2021
The Government had eased the lockdown in the state related to Coronavirus. However spread of the infectious disease, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, continues to be a matter of much concern. Moreover rail and road transport currently offer lmited services. Restaurants and hotels are not fully operational. Consequently most family members were not able to travel to Thalassery for Naga Pooja 2021 on 5 September.
Umanath and Nisha gain plaudits for travelling to Tellicherry and participating in Naga Pooja 2021.
The family members who made free-handed contributions this time around earn a big hand.
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