Rituals and Ritual Utensils



Introduction of Rituals and Ritual Utensils:

The Spouted Jug--Gindi

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Gold gindi with spout

Some temples use a spouted jug called gindi to contain water for general purposes (Sarvarta-toya).

The spout is in the shape of a lion's head and facilitates flow of water to sanctify the flowers and the other articles of worship as well as the platform on which worship is conducted.

In Melkote, this vessel is known as karaga, and the ritualistic sacred service is carried out as a hereditary service by a family of priests known as karagams.

A silver spouted jug from Ranganayaki shrine, Srirangapattana, bears inscription in Telugu and states that the silver vessel is a gift of Ramanuja Parakala Swami to Sriranganayaki.

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Silver Karaga(gindi) & other Utensils


The Tripod--Peetha

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Gold gindi & uddharane

The large circular plate containing the five ritual vessels, panchapatre, then gindi and the uddharane is placed in front of the image in the sanctum on a stand close to where the priest offers worship.

Made out of brass, bronze, silver, or white metal, the legs of such tripods are shaped like those of an elephant to give it solid support. The Parakala Mutt, Mysore, possesses a large silver tripod with an inscription recording this gift in the service of the god Hayagriva by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III The record is not dated.

Some temples use a kurmapeetha (a tortoise-shaped seat) to keep the icon and to give it a ritual bath. With sturdy legs and a circular flat-back resembling the outer shell of the Kurma, this highly stylized seat is said to be conducive to prosperity.

Another kurmapeetha has a brass Srichakra nailed on a tortoise-shaped wooden plank with raised legs. The head of the tortoise is made to protrude. An extremely attractive kurmapeetha is made of gold and precious stones and is used as a stand for the conch.

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A kurma peetha