Sacred kolam for Chithra Pournami (29-4-2018)
Chithra pournami is a festival meant to pray to Lord Chithra Guptha , the book keeper of Lord Yama . Like all other festivals on that day the home is decorated by a Rangoli(Kolam) .On line search will show many kolams but they are all normal KOlam designs. I also saw a Kolam design in the form of a Radham(chariot) in one of the web sites.
Two days back , I received a phone call from a family friend and an octogenarian Smt Thailamba Mami ,belonging to Puthucode but settled in Bangalore . Me and my wife consider her more like our elder sister (because it was she who introduced us to Bangalore fifty years back) but we have not heard from her for a long time . She told us that her daughter in law regularly briefs her about my write ups in face book about several festivals and she had a request to make to me .I said, “Any thing Mami.”
Then she said that right from her child hood she was taught a peculiar KOlam to be drawn on Chithra Pournami day and she wanted this KOlam which very few people know should be preserved for posterity .The kolam according to her is drawn in such a way that it has entry from north, east and west but not the south indicating that those who do draw it and pooja on that day would go to heaven and not hell. With namakarams to THailambal Mami I am giving the image of the kolam as well a photo of Mami who even at the old age wanted the sacred kolam to be preserved for our future generations .