|Kalasam on Thanjavur Big temple, TN. outline.aminus3.com|
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The following are the interesting facts associated with Temple Kalasams:
01. Worshipping of Gopuram /Temple Tower (Gopura dharsanam) is one of the important rituals of Hindu temple worship. One should view the tower along with Kodimaram (Temple flag mast). It also goes by the name of Dwajasthambam.
02. In ancient time no building was allowed to build taller than the temple tower within the specified perimeter, considering the deity's exalted status. No body is above the almighty.
03. Each Kalasam is filled with various dhanyams (grains) like millet (Kambu), rice (paddy) etc and the quantity will be not less than 50 kg. In case of a deluge or some kind of powerful natural disaster that might wipe out the plants, crops, etc, sustenance or survival of humans will become questionable. To avoid food shortage, the dhanyams -will be taken out of kalasams for cultivation purpose, making room for prolification in the future. The belief is in case of vast flooding, the water level won't touch the kalasams at higher elevation and the grains will be safe. The grains in the kalasams on top of these towers will be protected and dry and they could be used for sowing.
04. The kalasams are filled with grains like rice, salt, ragi, millet, corn, maize and sesame. Millet, especially, is used in huge quantities as it is claimed that it could conduct electro-magnetic waves.
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06. Yet another fact is these Dhanyam/ pulses in the metal kalasam minimize the impact of lightning on the structure and avoid damage to it.
|Jambukeshwarar (Shiva) Temple, Thiruvanaikaval, Trichy, Tamilnaduin.pinterest.com|
|Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai in Tamil Naduin.pinterest.com|
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09. The artisans do not begin their work on the temple kalasam without doing elaborate puja/prayer. Besides, they choose only auspicious day and time to begin their work. The artisans specialized in making idols, kalasams, puja articles and other related items for the temples have a good knowledge of Agama sastras and do their work accordingly.