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Belief is that those who undertake fast, and listen to Kaisika Puranam, on Kaisika Ekadasi will attain Vaikunta Moksham. On the occasion of Kaisika Ekadasi, the most important festival of the year, the Azhagiya Nambi temple in the Vamana Kshetram of Tirukurungudi Divya Desam 40 km south-west of Tirunelveli wore a festive look on Saturday last.

Thousands, kaisikw of whom were children, who had gathered at the Kaisika Mandapam waited with excitement to watch Kaisika Natakam. Just before midnight, to the beating of drums emerged a huge demon like figure. It was the hungry Brahma Rakshasa who had come there to consume Nampaduvan. Kaisjka the next three hours, the devotees of Lord Nambi were treated to a pleasing and passionate presentation of the Kaisika Puranam.

Parasara Bhattar, son of Koorathazhvaan, took up the story of a complex Kaisika Puranam in Sanskrit and wrote the vyakyaanam, in Tamil, in a simple, easily understandable language.

Tradition revisited – The Hindu

Kaisika Puranam revolves round Nampaduvan, belonging to the Baanar kaixika, his unflinching faith in Lord Nambi and how he was instrumental in liberating a Rakshasa from a curse.

The Kaisika Puranam is also a perfect case study on the values of life and how it is important to keep one’s promise at any cost, including one’s own life.


Caught by the demon, Nampaduvan pleads with him to allow him to go to the temple and observe the Ekadasi ritual, that of singing the Lord’s praise. Unable to convince the Rakshasa, Nampaduvan talks about Sathya Sankalpam: Nampaduvan makes 18 promises that night to the Rakshasa.

The Story of Kaisika Puranam

Through these promises, narrated beautifully in the Kaisika Puranam as part of this lengthy discussion between Nampaduvan and Brahma Rakshasa, one comes to know of the basic values in life.

It is the eighteenth promise that finally moves the demon. And I will become a sinner who will never get liberation from this cycle of births. This extraordinary promise moves the Rakshasa and he lets Nampaduvan go.

After having spent the entire night possibly for the last time in front of the Tirukurungudi Nambi temple, he makes his way back to the Rakshasa, rejecting the offer of a Brahmin Lord Nambi in disguise to protect him. The Rakshasa, now, has changed his mind. He wants the fruits of Nampaduvan’s devotion, for his own liberation.

Just listening to these verses helps the Rakshasa attain Vaikunta Moksham. Herambanathan all the way from Thanjavur to present this dance drama every year on Kaisika Ekadasi night. Gopi, an amateur artiste working as a Junior Assistant at Sastra University, Thanjavur, played the powerful role of the Brahma Rakshasa with ease.

While the entire portrayal was exemplary, it was the last scene – where he pleads with Nampaduvan to relieve him from the curse of his previous birth and to help attain moksham – that brought tears to the eyes of the devotees and won him an ovation. Gopi has now specialised in the role of Brahma Rakshasa, this being the tenth year of his performance at the Tirukurungudi temple.


Equally commendable was the performance of Dr. Sumathi Sundar, who played the role of Nampaduvan. She matched Gopi scene for scene and was especially impressive in the portrayal of Sathya Sankalpam – the 18 promises of Nampaduvan, where she captured the imagination of the audience with a pleasing display. Arunodhaya too kaisiika in the role of Lord Nambi disguised as puranamm brahmin.

The clock had ticked to 2. Also, the Araiyar, through this Abhinayam, brought out an important historical information relating to the temple – that of Lord Siva being alongside Lord Nambi. While Tirukurungudi temple is home to Kaisika Puranam and this traditional Kaisika Natakam has been revived to its past glory, it would be a worthwhile exercise puramam Anita Ratnam to consider taking it to more Divya Desams in Tamil Nadu.

One can reach the Nambi temple in 30 minutes kaisikaa bus from Valliyur. Printable version Jan 1, 2: December 11, Kaisika Natakam and Araiyar Sevai were witnessed by hundreds of devotees at the Tirukurungudi temple. The Story Kaisika Puranam revolves round Nampaduvan, belonging to the Baanar family, his unflinching faith in Lord Nambi and how he was instrumental in liberating a Rakshasa from a curse.

Temple, Travel and Sport: Kaisika Puranam in Thirukurungudi

Araiyar Sevai The clock had ticked to 2. Araiyar Sevai was followed by the recital of the Kaisika Puranam. Related Topics Theatre Faith hinduism. This article is closed for comments. Please Email the Editor.