Meaning of Kunjithapaatham! (Post No.4836)


Written by London Swaminathan 

 

 

Date: 21 MARCH 2018

 

 

Time uploaded in London – 7-02 AM

 

Post No. 4836

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When we went to Chidambaram Nataraja  Temple in the first week of March 2018, we requested the priest to give us Kunjithapaatham. He was kind enough to bring a few and gave us the prasadam (offering from the god).

 

What is Kunjithapaatham?

It has got two meanings:

1.The hanging foot of Lord Nataraja while he is dancing

  1. The ring like ornament adorning the foot of Lord Nataraja.

 

It is commonly used by the Saivites to name their children.

 

When I googled for Kunchithapaatham, lot of Mr and Mrs Kunchithapathams only came! But one bit of information came from Mahaperiyava blog as well.

Mahaperiyava= Kanchi Shankaracharya Senior also known as Paramacharya (1894-1994)

 

What is it made up of?

When we got it at Chidambaram temple, we found it was made up of fragrant Vettiver (see the picture)

Botanical name- Vetiveria Zizanioides; also Chrysopogon zizanioides

 

 

Kanchithapaatham and Kanchi Shankaracharya

One year before Kanchi Paramacharaya- Sri Chandra Sekara Indra Sarasvati (1894-1994) attained Samadhi, he expressed his wish to visit Lord Nataraja temple in Chidambaram. But his devotees were very hesitant to take him to Chidambaram as he was very weak. A miracle happened. The Dikshitar priests of Chidambaram temple came to him with the Kunjithapaatha prasadam from the feet of Lord Nataraja. Sri Shankaracharya reverently took it and placed it on his head. Probably to show that he is going to adorn the feet of Lord Siva soon or to show to his devotees he is none other than Lord Shiva himself.

 

Where is the significance of it?

Whoever gets it will be lucky and get the grace of god.

–Subham–

 

 

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