Thought for the Month
FIRE WALKING CEREMONY
|It could raise in the minds whether Sita,. consort
of Sri Rama, could have fallen into the fire after hearing Ramas harsh words, to
testify her chastity. She prayed that "If Rama judges me wrongly, may fire, the
universal witness, save me from all danger and protect me". Uttering these words, she
circumambulated the fire and walked into it. (Valmiki Ramayana Canto V. Sarga 179).
Similarly it is
believed that Draupadi, who herself was the product of the sacrificial fire of Panchala
King, purified herself in the flames of fire each time she lived with Pancha Pandavas for
a year by turn.
Fire walking, in
honour of Draupadi is celebrated for a period of 22 days . Devotees take a vow and
willingly walk on the fire filled in a big pit dug for the purpose. They observe celibacy
and other austerities for 48 days before the festival. We may notice that these devotees,
who observe the fire walking, do not suffer any pains or injury or burns.
Temple, South Bridge Road,.celebrates this function every year during October and this
year the function falls on 12th
October 1998 and the fire walking
ceremony is celebrated from 4.30 pm onwards.