It is prescribed that Maha Kumbaabishekam must be held every twelve years in all Hindu temples. Yet, due to the disharmony in the island, Maha Kumbaabishekam could not be conducted in several temples as prescribed inAgamas. Thrikoneswaram was no exception. Following Lord Koneswarar’s blessing, it has become possible to conduct the Maha Kumbabishekam on February 11. That it is a glad tiding is evident from the cheer on the faces of devotees who participated in hundreds and thousands at sacred oil anointing ceremony.
Three Maha Kumbaabishekams have been held in this temple during our lifetime. The first kumbaabishekam was on Jan3, 1963, the second was on Jan 25, 1981 and third was on Feb11, 1993. The fourth is to be held on Feb11, 2015. What is unique is that the fourth is going to be held on the identical date and month of the third Kumbabaishekam. This did not strike us when we finalized the date of Balasthabanam and kumbaabishekam. It became evident to us only when we referred the souvenir of earlier kumbaabishekams.
Despite several hurdles such as renovations, new constructions, delay in getting clearance from authorities, continual rains, today, the Maha Kumbaabishekam has become a reality due to the untiring efforts, sacrifice and dedication by the Trustees and volunteers.
We are delighted to send a message to the launch of a Web supplement in Omlanka News Website to mark the Maha Kumbaabishekam of Thirukoneswaram.
Secretary, Koneswara Temple Trustees