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The lovely Sri Athikkottai Kamatchi Amman of Kamatchipuram

Sri Athikkottai Kamatchi Amman Temple Maha-Kumbabishegam (Consecration Ceremony)...

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A view of the Temple from far, during the ceremony

Kumbabishegam (Consecration Ceremony) is a religious ceremony conducted to bless a new temple. A temple is infused with divinity through this elaborate ceremony. All new temples undergo this ritual consecration when holy water is poured over their pinnacles and deities within.

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Some of the Brahmin Priests conducting the ceremony

 
This grand ceremony is generally performed on four occasions:
When new images or deities are installed in a temple;
When an existing temple has to be relocated;
When renovations are carried out in an existing temple; and
Every twelve years in the life of a temple.

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Devotees turned out to witness the Kumbabishegam & get the blessings of Sri Athikkottai Kamatchi

These ceremonies follow a set pattern as laid down in the age-old scriptures known as the Agama Sastras. They contain rules, among other things, for the construction of a temple, the making of images, and the consecration.

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Another view at the Temple from below, during the Ceremony

Regular consecration ceremonies are required because people who visit the temple may pollute its sanctity unknowingly. Performing these ceremonies re-infuses the temples and its deities with sanctity.

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Priests carrying holy water which will be poured on the Temple Gopurams

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