Kavadi Attam, the Burden Dance is a traditional sacrifice and offering practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War. It is a central part of the festival of Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrated by Tamil community on a full on day during the month of January or February and emphasizes debt bondage. The kavadi (burden) itself is a physical burden, the bearing of which is used by the devotee to plead Murugan for assistance, usually on behalf of a loved one who is in need of curative, or as a means of balancing a spiritual debt. Devotees’ process and dance along a pilgrimage route while bearing these burdens.
Offering Kavadi to Lord Muruga is of extraordinary centrality as it brings peace and good fortunes. The myth of bringing Kavadi is connected with Lord Murugan testing Idumban of his assurance and obligation towards his Guru. The Kavadi that every enthusiast conveys symbolizes his/her weight like the two slopes conveyed by Idumban. It is trusted that the weight in the life of an aficionado who conveys Kavadi is diminished by Murugan. Taking Kavadi to Murugan sanctuaries amid Thaipusam is considered very auspicious.
Agastya, a sage, ordered his disciple Idumban to carry the hills Sivagiri and Sakthigiri to south. Idumban asked help of Brahma, the God of creation. Lord Brahma provided Idumban with his ‘Dhanda’-a solid rod. Idumban balanced the mountains on both the ends of the rod and carried them.
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