Trio of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation organized the seventh
year Pooja Vidhanam, a first of its kind innovative workshop for women,
about our various festivals like Ganesha Chathurthi, Krishna Jayanthi,
Varalakshmi Vritam on Saturday 24th July, 2010, at Sundari Silks, Chennai.From the morning,
Sundari Silks wore a festive look. The entrance thinnais (piols), mittham
(sunken area) with pillars at the center of the hall were traditionally
and aesthetically decorated with maayilai (mango leaves), thoranam (festoons),
silk thombais supported with white kolams and kaavi (red dye) by the members
of the foundation. In the evening, the Three Gods were decorated and placed
in the mittham, surrounded by the audience on three sides. All the members
and children including the Trio presented themselves in gorgeous south
Indian traditional attire of silks sarees and dhothis and traditional jewelry.At the outset,
the Trio explained the purpose of the workshop which they felt was very
essential. According to them, these poojas and the spiritual values which
they inherited from their foster parents must be perpetuated to the younger
generation. The Trio began with a lecture demonstration on Alankaram,
beautifying Amman face, making Thazhampoo Jadai, Cotton Vastram, and many
more tips on kolams, decorations and not to miss stories and legends. There
was a lively interactive session with the audience regarding the various
aspects of the poojas.Revathy Shankkaran
and Prema Krishnamurthi explained the nuances and significance of poojas
including arrangements, Pooja Dhrvyam, Mantras, Naivedhyam, Maavilaku etc...
Hundreds of glass bangles of various sizes in auspicious colours, contributed
by Revathi Shankkaran, were distributed to all the women.
and boys demonstrated the process of doing the poojas… i.e. traditional
welcome of Goddess Lakshmi into the house. Young singers of the Foundation
mellifluously rendered appropriate pooja songs like Bhagyadha Lakshmi Bharamaa,
Lakshmi Raavemaa Inntikee, Mangalam… and so on.
Mrs. and Mr.
Rajaram (proprietor of Sundari Silks) extended all cooperation in hosting
the workshop at their premises. At the end of the program, they made arrangements
to distribute thamboolam and prasadams ie. sweet Pongal, Sundal, Kozhukattai
etc. to all the people. The workshop was well attended by participants
(young and old) who were very enthusiastic in knowing more about our cultural
roots. They felt that the workshop was "very useful, a spiritual and cultural
eye opener for them."