April 13, 2013
WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Dear Readers ,
It would be good enough to point some articles related to upcoming festival celebrated in Kerala and Tamilnadu.
As the new year waves off this would become the foundation upon which everything that comes after that.. The position of the stars and planets are also taken into consideration to ensure auspicious beginnings for the whole year. Homas are performed and stotrams are chanted to Lord Ganesha in order to remove potential obstacles before the start of any undertaking. Prayers to God are always offered. When people study the Upanishads, which declare the only true power to be our own Self, shanti mantras are chanted before beginning each session of study.
Nowadays in Kerala, Vishu gives a sign of start to the Zodiac New Year, when the sun
enters into Sidereal Aries, Ashwini Nakshatra. It’s a principle followed in
residence that, when a person wakes up in the morning and opens their eyes on Vishu
morning, its an indication of what one can expect in the year to come. In Kerala,
people practice one small function called Vishukkani / Vishukineetam. The word Kani
referred here literally means ‘that which is seen first’ — so Vishukkani means that
which is seen first on Vishu. Thus, on Vishu, people always ensure that they open
their eyes to an auspicious image of the Vishukkani, first thing in the morning. The
Malayalam word kani literally means "that which is seen first so "Vishukkani" means "that which is seen first on Vishu."
In Kerala, this day would be celebrated Vishnu , but across India festivals there are destinations sharing the same amount of joy and happiness likewise Ugadhi celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra , Tamil New Year in Tamilnadu by same time every year.
Vishukanni is being kept in the pooja room the night before by the mother in the family and in the very early morning its been showed to entire family and are also given vishukkineetam which can be in form of gold coins, money or some gifts etc…The Vishukkani includes a series of auspicious items, including images of Lord Vishnu, flowers, fruits and vegetables, clothes, and gold coins.
Lord Vishnu, the preserver of creation, is the aspect of the Paramatman that is focused upon during Vishu. As per Indian astrology, Vishnu is seen as the head of Kaala Purusha, (the God of Time). As Vishu marks the first day of the Zodiac New Year, it is an appropriate time to offer oblations to Lord Vishnu.
Newly bought and well-starched cloth is then pleated fan-like and inserted into a highly polished brass kindi. The val-kannadi, a special type of mirror with an extremely long and thin handle, often decorated with gold, is also inserted into the Kindi. The kindi is then placed in the uruli on top of the rice.
Two deepams, are kept in pieces of coconut which is made into two halves by spliting coconut,& are also kept in the Uruli. The bulbs are placed into the coconut oil that fills the deepams, anchoring the wicks in place.. The lighting of the deepam welcomes God into our lives and symbolizes spiritual knowledge—the remover of the darkness of ignorance.
There are various items like Silver, Currency Notes , Jewellery, Gold in color and coins are kept in the centre of vishukanni. Kanikkonna, a golden-yellow flower associated with Sri Krishna is used liberally throughout the pooja room. This flower only blooms when the sun is in its most exalted position astrologically. In the pooja room, the flower gives virtual imagination of the sun itself, the eyes of Lord Vishnu. Gold coins are symbols of monetary affluence, as well as cultural and spiritual wealth, which the elders of the family must share freely with the younger generation.
The Vishukkani will also be laden with gold-coloured fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, jackfruit, golden cucumber, etc. The akshatam, as it is full of turmeric, also is gold in colour, as is the shiny brass of the kindi, And the val-kannadi the mirror captures the whole Vishukanni. Various spiritual book, such as the Bhagavad-Gita, Ramayana, Mahabarata should be made part of the entire arrangement. The book is called as the Pramanam in Malayalam language as it is an instrument used for attaining the eternal, non-perishable wisdom of the Rishis as well as knowledge.
Upon opening one's eyes, one is overwhelmed with the glorious darshan of the Lord. The mirror which is a symbolic of Devi, not only increases the lustre of the Vishukkani via the reflection it offers, but also shows our own face, reminding us that God is not someone sitting in the heavens upon a golden throne. The mirror also points out the importance of making our mind pure and fresh on this auspicious occasion.
Vishukkanni is also brought outside and shown to the family cows. As it is brought to the cowshed, it in fact is on display for the birds, the trees, for all of nature to see. I recommend you to plant a sapling of Kannikonna available in Kerala and respective nurseries which gives such a brightness of yellow color around the residence.
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