The Hoisting of the Flag- the call to the Self!- Sittirai Cavadee 2014- First Day
The hoisting of the flag also known as 'Kodi Etram' in Tamil and 'Dwaja Arohanam' in Sanskrit is one of the main rituals forming part of major annual temple festivals. It is performed on the first day of the traditional ten day festivals; in Mauritius and among the Indian diaspora worldwide the Cavadee is usually celebrated on the last day as an act of collective penance.
According to 'Agamas' (treatises extolling temple rituals and procedures), a consecrated temple should be revitalized yearly through specific rituals generally spanning a minimum of ten days. The Ten-day rituals follow the same pattern as a consecration ceremony but on a reduced scale. The oblations offered during those ten days, keep the 'energy' levels of the temple in good condition thus benefiting the temple users.
The hoisting of the flag, on the first day, is a community event, it is the signaling that the temple is now starting the festival and arresting the attention, energy and involvement of all it's community. It works as a psychological trigger and social conditioning. For ten days, all those participating in the festival will inspire a common way of living, of thinking and acting. It is a catalyst, easing one's fast commitments.
On a deeper level though, it should be noted that a temple is just an outwardly representation of the human body, both physical and subtle. Each part of a temple is carefully calculated and designed so as to constantly remind one walking it's premises to delve deeper inside oneself. The Flagpost- Dwajastambham/ Kodi Maram is no exception. It represents the Spinal Cord, starting at the base or Muladhara Chakra. When the flag is hoisted ceremoniously, it alarms us to focus on our Kundalini Shakti and work towards uplifting it during our fast....
Filmed at Kovil Montagne, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius