Uzhavarappani at Acharapakkam Aatcheeswarar Temple was done by us yesterday(08 Apr.2012) as announced in the previous post. About 25 of our volunteers stayed there the previous night, thanks to the meticulous arrangements by Shri Parthiban of State Bank of India, a native of that village. Twenty more volunteers joined us the next day.
Upon entering the temple, we had a pleasant surprise. The Utsava Idol of Saint Thirunavukarasar (the fore-runner to all the present day Uzhavarappani movements), was at the entrance with uzhavaaram decked in his hand, as if to welcome and bless us on our mission.
After having a darshan of all the Deities, we took upon the task of removing the over grown bushes and the dried leaves in the outer praharam. They were later heaped and a bonfire of it made
The ladies and children accompanying us were busy cleaning the Thiruvachi (the metallic arch which can be seen behind the moolavar) of the deities and various other deepams and lamps used in the daily pooja. Daughter of our volunteer Govindarajan, an under-10 kid, is seen here busily involved in the cleaning.
These young boys are attending to the job of removing accumulated grime and dirt in the Navagraha sannadhi. Their devotion is expressed through their utmost concentration in their task.
Our volunteer Ashok is a scientist and an inventor, but not a professional mountaineer. He displays exemplary courage and confidence through the Divine Grace of God, as can be seen in the accompanying picture. Climbing the 100-feet Rajagopuram through the inside staircase, he comes out in the open to remove the vegetation growing there. For him there is no acrophobia. Nor did the blowing winds and scorching sun deterred him from finishing the task.
|A magnified version of Ashok removing the wild growth in the Rajagopuram|
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