The week-long Maha Somayagam held at Karaparamba here came to an end on Wednesday as the Yagasala was set ablaze in the presence of thousands of devotees.
The atmosphere was full of devotion during the final moments of the Maha Yagam, conducted for the first time in North Malabar.
The day began with recital of samasthuthis and sastras while the ritwiks and other chief priests coordinated the rituals.
Scores of Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation volunteers and a sea of devotees left the yagabhoomi with the essence of the Homapunyam.
Safety arrangements had been made to ensure the smooth conduct of the event. The rituals performed on the last day of the yagam included the ‘Avabridha Snanam’, a penance for sins or mistakes occurred during the past seven days.
Yajamanan of the yagam washed all the utensils used for the event in the nearby temple pond before the rithwiks set fire to the yagasala. “The rituals performed during the yagam are centuries old and the fact that we are able to recreate the air of spiritual fervour even now is really a blessing. All the rituals throughout the duration of the Somayagam were performed with utmost care and devotion. Amid several controversies surrounding the conduct of the programme and the anti-Somayagam movements and protests, it is a matter of glory and satisfaction that we were able to ensure its successful conclusion,” said M R Rajesh, founder of the Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation.
The Yajamanan took the yaga fire which burnt the yagasala to his home as part of the rites.
“He will keep this fire at his home and will perform rituals everyday without fail. The Yajamanan will also have to do the regular agnihothrams and all other related rituals. The same fire has to be used to set fire to the pyre of the Yajamanan and his wife. The Yajamanan was already a ‘Somayajapurji’ because he had successfully completed two Somayagams before,” said Arun Prabhakaran, coordinator.