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PILLAYARNONBU

PillayARistheelephantheadedGodinHinduIconography.HeisthefirstSonofLordShivaandGoddess Parvathi.InHindureligiousfunctionsandintemplesHeistheGodtobeworshippedfirst.Noreligious functionstartswithoutinvokingtheblessingsofLordGANESHA.HeisalsoknownasGANAPATHI, VinAyaGarandVigNeswarar. Inspiritualteaching,LordGaneshaisthedeityforthefirstCHAKARA,MOOLADHARAM.Heallowsthe breathingpatterntoflowsmoothlyfromtheMOOLADHARAtoalltheotherChakaras.Hegetschanting witharugamPULL(KusaGrass)HeisofferedAvalPori,MothagamandKolukattai. NONBUmeansfastingandbreakingthefastwithafunction.

NagaratharsandPillayarNonbu
NagaratharsaresaivitesandthefirstGodtobeworshippedinSaivismisLordGanesha.Nagaratharsare wellknownfortheirmagnanimityinsponsoringtempleconscerationsandKumbaabishekams.They followthetraditionalHinduPoojasandfestivalsritually.OnesuchceremonyisPillayarNonbu.The originofPillayarNonbuisnotclearandnotwrittenasoriginal.Therearestoriesaboutitspreadby eldersinvariousfamilies. HypothesisStory:1.LordGaneshakilleddemonGAJAMUGASURANonthedayofSashtiinSATHAYAstar inthemonthofMARGAZI.SinceNagaratharsworshippedLordGaneshaasMARAGATHAvinayagarin KaveripoomPattinamtheycelebratedthisfunctionwithfaithandfervour HypothesisStory:2.InKaveripoompattinamaNagaratharfamilyteenagegirlwasilltreatedbyherstep motherandaccusedofstealingherdiamondring.ThegirlworshippedLordGaneshafor21daysfrom themonthofKARTHIKAI.Shecounteddaysbyathreadfromhersaree.Onthe21stdayfromKARTHIGAI shegotananswerfromtheLordandherinnocencewasrevealed.ThisfellonthedayofSathayamand Sashti. HypothesisStory3:NagaratharsarewellknowntotravelabroadinshiptoEastAsianCountries.During onesuchtimeagroupofChettiarswerestrandedinanislandafterashipwreck.Theycountedthedays tillrescuebytakingonethreadfromtheirdhotieachday.Theywererescuedonthe21stdaywhichwas inmonthMargazhiandthestarwassathayamwithThithiSashti. FortheabovereasonsitbecametraditionaltocelebratethisfunctionasafamilyduringMarGazimonth onthedaywhenSASHTITHITHIandSATHAYAMstarcoincides.Onthatday21threadsaretakenfrom newdhoti,madeintoawick,andembeddedinDoughflourwithgheeasthefuel.InIndia,theywillkeep aflowerCalledAVARAMPOOasthedayflower.Thishas21petals.Allsweetitemsandtypicalchettinad snacksareservedattheendoffunction.TheelderofthehouseorthegrouptakestheIZHAIandoffers toallinthefamilyorcommunity.Thisfunctioniscelebratedworldwidebyallnagarathars,some SriLankanTamilsandalsoacommunityinKarnataka. ChidambaramYegappan