In my two earlier posts I have written about Aghasankocha, rites and rituals performed by the families of our clan. They started on the 13th and end tomorrow. We were informed about it a few months ago. A lot of money is needed and each family in the thirty seven branches was requested to donate a certain amount. We went on the 18th to experience something which would happen only once in our life time.
For us the Fire God, Agni, is the go-between between us and the Gods. We worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Lord Ganapati and our ancestors. One of the priests said worshipping our ancestors is something which should not be taken lightly. Their blessings are very important.
The atmosphere there was charged with positive energy. Vishnu sahasranama is considered one of the most powerful mantras. Towards the end, all the priests chanted it together. Family members joined in too. The chanting was soul stirring. We felt blessed to have been there. I listen to this mantra and also to commentary on it delivered by the late Sanskrit scholar, Shri Bannanje Govindacharya every morning in YouTube.
A cousin told me fascinating details of our clan. Our village is in the northern part of Kerala, not far from Karnataka border. In and around our village there have lived thirty seven generations of our clan for over nine hundred years. The original family is thought to have come from near Gokarna. About 800 years ago one family went to Trivandrum in South Kerala. And about 500 years ago many families migrated to other places in Kerala. Over the years many others would have migrated too. People have always migrated from one place to another through the ages.
Many years ago another cousin went to the land records office searching for some documents. He was given old documents which were beginning to crumble to pieces. At home he studied them in detail and talked about it with others. He learnt though another person about families of our clan living in south Kerala and speaking Malayalam. We speak Kannada. They were contacted by e mail. Two couples attended the function. One of them was celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary and they sponsored coconut barfi for lunch. I ate two pieces 😃. It is one of my favourite sweets.
It was almost 3o’clock when we left. We were very happy that we could attend at least on one day. The organizers have managed to telecast live on Facebook. This has helped many living far away to watch the proceedings.
The internet is a boon in so many ways.