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Bala Alaya Pujas, Day 2 Afternoon

Not shown on our blog until now, Day Two Afternoon involved preparing for and blessing the shilpis to place ashtabandhanam around the base of Nandi, Balipeetam and Dhvajasthambha. Ashtabandhanam is a clay-like paste made of eight specific herbs mixed with wood lac, limestone powder, resin, red ochre, beeswax and butter. Normally it is used to affix a Deity to its pedestal, but in this instance it was symbolically rubbed on top of red-colored mortar mix applied earlier to protect against our extra wet environment.

4 Responses to “Bala Alaya Pujas, Day 2 Afternoon”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. Vani Chenganna says:

    Thank you very much for the explanatory note on day two’s rituals.

  3. Srilakshmi Rathakrishnan says:

    Aum Namasivayam 🙏🙏🙏

  4. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh!
    Thank you Swamis for all the posts pertaining to Iraivan Temple and the powerful pujas conducted by all the Priests. Gurudeva’s vision has come true and Iraivan Temple will become a “must” visit destination for many Hindus. Jai Gurudeva! Jai Bodhinatha! Jai Kailasa Paramparai!
    Aum Nama Sivaya
    Sivaya Nama Aum

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