Vilakku Pooja – as defenitely the name suggests is the worship offered to the “Nila Vilakku” or the serene lamp . Here the Agni or the fire lit is considered as Devee or goddesses in full manifestation.
The Pooja is performed by a group of “Mothers” [ generally Women, in the sense that all women are Mothers by birth ]
An Aacharya or Priest recites the Divine “Lalitha Sahasra Namam” the “Thousand Names of Omnipotent Power, Goddess Lalithambika Devi and the Mothers [ Amma ] reiterates the names by offering flowers.
Puthukkai “Sri Sadashiva Temple” situated at Nileshwaram, near Kasaragod and Payyanur, 100 kilometers from Manglore, witnessed this rare occasion of Vilakku Pooja as part of the yearly temple festival.
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RV always wonder about the mysterious ways of human mind. One of the myriads of features of Mind is its ability to play with, and utilize the VIBGYOR and its permutations & combinations.
The better half of “Mankind ” has been always an Oasis. But why?
From RV’s own observations, he conjures its the fascination and unknown obsession of man to color.
Human beings are affected by the moon. Women especially are affected by the moon and their menstrual cycle is intimately linked to this celestial body.
regulates your menstrual cycle,
can trigger ovulation and fertile times,
affects your emotions and
affects the way people behave and view the world.
Women are connected to the moon by our blood, our hormones and our souls.
The first step in claiming the gifts of our menstrual cycle is to become re-acqainted with Mother Moon. Putting aside all the scientific phenomena of the way the Moon affects the earths tides, weather, animals, fluids and moods, symbolically the Moon has a lot to teach us.
In myth the Moon is a primary female archetype travelling the great round of Birth, Maturation, Death and Rebirth each month. This is a primal fundamental cycle of the universe of which every single living thing participates.
We all are born, we grow, mature and we die .
Humans do it, animals do it, plants do it and even love affairs, business ventures and economies do it. It is only our modern culture with its focus on youth and never ending productivity that attempts to deny this basic cycle of life. Living in this culture it is easy to forget that we are fundamentally cyclic creatures.
Most of us have been taught to believe that being a cyclical creature is a primitive or inferior affair. We believe that we will be less productive, less useful or just plain stupid if we allow ourselves to follow the rhythm of our cycles.
However, there is much grace, flow and harmony to be achieved through living in a cyclic manner. Being able to recognise and use the most appropriate energy that is available to you at any given moment is in fact a far more efficient use of time and energy.
Just like the Moon’s journey through the phases, a woman’s menstrual cycle can also be divided up into easily understood and clearly experienced phases. These phases take on archetypal (or universally recognised) feminine energies as set out in the following image.
Each month a woman will experience changes in the way she perceives herself and her world in accordance to where she is in her menstrual cycle.
The moon’s cycle also adds another subtle tone to her monthly experience, increasing or decreasing the intensity of the energies depending upon where the two cycles overlap.
For example if a woman is ovulating with the Full Moon, this mode of cycling gives a woman the best chance of physical fertility, great for trying to conceive children, as the full moon accentuates the time of Ovulation.
When a woman bleeds with the full moon, this mode of cycling enhances inner expression, intuition and the development of the inner, spiritual life.
As women become more aware of the different phases and how they experience them, they find it much easier to recognise and use the phase they are at and will also experience a far greater acceptance of their bodies, their menstrual cycle and their feminine nature.
The Female Energy Cycle
The menstrual cycle is a complex affair and can be viewed from many perpectives.
Physically or biologically where the hormones produce real changes in the female body throughout the menstrual month so that women can have babies.
Lunar or moon based perspective, where the influence of the moon affects female fertility and emotional behaviour.
Spiritually where the model of archetypes encompassed in the Female Energy Cycle provides a metaphor or description of behaviour or experiences common to most women.
So far, throughout this website we have looked the way your menstrual cycle is affected by your hormones and the moon.
Just as the moon waxes and wanes throughout the month so do you. You experience different moods, desires and aspects of yourself (and being female) depending upon where you are in your menstrual cycle.
You are influenced emotionally, mentally and spiritually by an invisible energy system of personalities. I have called this invisible energy system the Female Energy Cycle.
The Female Energy Cycle contains a pattern or blueprint of feminine behaviour. And just like the lunar cycle there is a distinct order, system, ebb and flow to the way these feminine archetypes appear within the Female Energy Cycle.