Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ways I played Hide n Seek

Even though TNEB power cut slot for my locality is 10:00 to 12:00 they used to cut it when they feel stressed that people in home are under fan easing, not working. I want to tell them one thing strong and clear even people with work can sit in hot sun but without any work you can't even sit for a second without Fan or A/C whichever suits the consumers pocket. So during this unannounced power cuts at evening I just walk out of home to ease myself and to see how others are toiling ;)

I found small kids playing Hide n Seek, oh yeah summer vacation is here now. Leaning on the gate I quickly traveled time to reach my childhood where I played this wonderful game with excellent skill set. We have played this game in many formats, 3 were popular in my past. First old fashioned, even now everyone plays this way puts the head against a wall or lamp post counts and catches the players. The catcher has to tap the wall to announce a player is caught and same way any player has to tap the wall to declare the end of game and the catcher has to start the counting all over again.

The next format is advanced version of previous one were catchers will be given more edge. If a player taps the wall and still if there are some more to be found then they will be still in game. Eg. A, B, C, D, E, F plays the game and  A, the catcher catches B,C and then D taps the wall, then B,C,D are safe but E & F can still be caught.

The last format that is most loved by me and my best co-player Dinesh is a showmanship format, very much a catcher supportive format. The catcher counts and start to play as usual but he/she can spot and catch any player just by announcing that they are spotted n caught no need to run towards the wall or post. Making it more tough for players, they have to tap the back of catcher to bring the game to end.

Right from my childhood I'm fascinated and attracted towards climbing obvious we know our ancestors ;) Myself and Dinesh skilled among anyone in the game we almost rule the game, we decide who is going to be the catcher of next game and how many games will the current catcher be fooled and made catcher again and again. The latest format has tough chances for ruling its pretty much impossible to do but we had strategies. The most effective strategy is "Play Bait" one of us will intentionally appear before them so that other can easily tap and bring the game to halt.

Sweet memories, just like in every locality we have our 'unqualified' players under cut off age whom often runs to home to complain about their 'dummy player' role. Even some sweet players like elder sisters whom we love to have in game just in case to handle the pressure caused by 'unqualified' players in our case its my sis Selvi :) for their sweetness we the big boys who control the game never let them get caught. Even if they get caught we scarifies ourselves showing the bravery of Manhood :) sometimes for quick countdown we count from 1 to 10 for 10 times to complete 100 quickly try it... it really works :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Up and Close with Sudalai Madan: The Encounter

Night of 13th April all the preparations for the rituals were done in the temple, Sudalaimadam swamies idol was decorated with flowers and fruits and coconuts dedicated to the lord reached above his chest.My cousin Sudalai muthu, senior priest of the shrine reached home by late night got blessings of his father Late Shanmugam Sundaram and blessed the family members in 8x10 room dedicated for God, then started towards the temple. There peoples in huge number were waiting for the Sudalaimada swamy's arrival. Different rituals were offered by people to the Lord in order to get the blessings. As its is believed Sudaimada swamy, son Lord Siva used to consume meat in Kailash for this reason he is sent to earth were he can satisfy his earthy hunger there by not polluting Kailash.

Sudalaimada swamy

Offering meat to Sudalaimadan is the most important and an watchful event in the festival. Many devotees offer their goat & pig so as to please the lord and get his blessings. That midnight Sudalaimada swamy was ready to accept the offerings as the signals were passed to the person responsible for cutting the flesh out, blood started to flow all around. <Spoiler alert: Don't read further if you are a PETA activitist :P>. First goat to be butchered was from same village where Sudalaimadan himself resides, Kumarapuram. Sharp sickle passed through the skin cutting out the heart of the calf sized goat. That scared heart of first goat was placed carefully in the first step of temple.

I was shocked to see as many were pleased to see this, some even had enough will to stand there till the 120th goat was butchered. I'm not soft hearted still I was not ready to see them die. One goat after other, no goat was taken away sickle passes through it dies and it will be placed next to the previously killed one. I can't find a perfect word to describe calf-sized goat in Tamil we refer it as 'Kada' whereas small ones are called as 'Aadu'. Soon the rituals of killing goats were over. Our family always had privilege in the temple I enter the temple via side entrance because if you are going to go in by main entrance then we have to step over a pile of approx 120 goats!!!

Settled inside I looked at Sudalaimadan to see if he is pleased with offerings can't get any clue. I don't want to get killed asking stupid questions to any serious devotee :P Then a long squeal in a low pitch shaking the floor, it was a pig or is it a warthog, seriously man I can never spot a pig of this size in my life. Roughly after 15 such squeal the meat offerings came to an end. <PETA activist can continue reading from here :)> My cousin currently in Sudalaimadan mode danced around for a minute climbed over the 2ft pile of flesh then rushed to burial ground 15 feet away....

OMG!!! he caught a bone in mouth and returned back sat in front of Veera Sangali madan shrine calmed down then distributed prasaads to devotees. Now the Sun has come up and has lit the temple with his rays, Chitapa and I returned to home rested there for sometime started back to Chennai. On the way back we again visited temple only to see dark blood stains all over the temple.

We came back so that we can worship lord when there is not much people around. Padmanabha Sudalaimada smamy is the main God of temple other gods were Veera Sangalimadan, Kattai erum perumal, Sappani madan, Karupaswamy, Moondan, Sangali Poothaththaan. I didn't spot any goddess I could have missed but as per history Sudalaimada swamies companion is Madathy amman and there is also another woman in Sudalaimadans life its Maavushakty, daughter of wicked sorcerer.