Dear friends, I have received a brochure from the office of the SREE VADAKKUMNATHAN TEMPLE, Trissur, Kerala announcing the performance of the ATHIRUDRA MAHAYAJNAM from Nov.23 to Dec.3. People who are interested can participate in the Yajnam, we can get poojas etc. performed in our name and also donate money for the programme. Any amount can be donated generally, but there are specific amount for specific donateions, like for oil, clothes for the purohits etc. Besides that, the devotees can book for the Archanas to be performed in their name and aster, during the Bhagavathiseva ( a elaborate pooja to a very large lamp invocated as the Devi with flowers, performed in the evenings).There are specific SOOKTHAS for getting the blessings for different wishes. That is- Mangalya sooktham - Marriage, long married life Ayur sooktham- Longevity of life span Purusha sooktham- Birth of worthy cildren Bhagya sooktham- luck, fortune Rudra sooktham - Ending hardships Samveda sooktham- Amity in household/society Saaraswatha sooktham - successful education Yogakshema sooktham- Family welfare Mangala sooktham- General welfare Soura sooktam- curing of diseases. Rs.100/- for this pooja. Interested people can send cheques or DD in favour of -"ATHIRUDRA MAHAYAJNA COMMITTEE", The mail address- General Convener, Athirudra Mahayajna Committee, Sree Vadakkumnathan Temple, Sreemoolasthanam, Thrissur - 680001, Kerala State. Some infor about the temple. This is the temple where the famous POORAM festival is celebrated in May. The diety of the temple is LORD SHIVA. This temple is said to be the oldest temple in South India.There is no Shiva Linga or any other idol there, only a large rock like structure is thee. In front of it, golden 13 crescents with 3 hooded snakesatop sumbolises Lord shiva. It is believed to be the Jyothir linga. This Mahayajnam is to be performed for 11 days, by 121 vedic scholars. There is also a very unique pooja called the VETTEKARAN PATTU. This is supposed to be an offering in the Kerala style to propitiate the Lord. In the venue of the pattu, Lord Vettekkaran (Lord Shia as hunter) is depicted on the ground with natural coloured powders by traditional artistes. It seems that the main pooja is with a drum orchestra. Later 12008 coconuts would be broken by a person, in unison with the drum beats, within a stipulated time interval. It seems very wonderful and above my imagination. I am hearing of this for the first time. I would be happy if other members who know about this, post their view and experiences. For any other detail, please PM me. I will be happy to oblige.