Karadayan Nonbu

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Karadayan Nonbu, or Karadaiyan Nombu, falls on the last day in Maasi month or 

on the first day of Panguni month in Tamil calendar. This festival also marks the

transition of Sun into Meena Rasi (Pisces) from Kumbha rasi (Aquarius).


Married women worship Mahalakshmi for marital bliss and better health of 

husband and children. Unmarried girls like me pray to get ideal person as 

their husband.There is an history behind why we celebrate this nonbu. Let me 

narate a small story ( Branch story from Mahabaratha ).  I hope most of you 

know Savithri. 


Savithri was the daughter of the King Asrapathi. When her father asked her who she wished to marry she pointed to Sathyavan who lived in the forest. Despite 
being warned by Narada that he would die within a year of marriage, she married Sathayavan. In almost all love stories the parents would be the villans. But in Savithri's life fate played the villan role. 


Savithri followed the famous lines of Super Star Rajini's Song i guess, " Vidhiyai ninaipavan aemali.. Adhai vaendru mudipavan arivali..". In the jungle Savithri began to pray for her husband's life. She performed neivedhyam with wild rice (kaara arisi ) and toor dal (  thuvaram parrupu ) that is why this vratham is known as karadayan nonbu.

Kara Adai and Sweet Adai



The predestined last day of Sathayavan dawaned. Savithri stayed by Sathyavan's 

side.The Lord of death came. But he was pleased with her nonbu and he told her 

that he will give her whatever she wishes for. Savitiri expressed her desire to be 

the mother of (100) children.


Yamadharme realized that in order to grant Savitiri's wish he would have spare 

Sathyavan's life. So he granted her wish to honour her courage and devotion 

to her husband. So this karayadan nonbu protected her husband.


Prayers are offered to Mahalakshmi,  women meditate on Savitiri and wear a 

yellow thread round their neck. They chant the following sloka,


Thamboolam with Yellow Rope


'உருக்காத வெண்ணையும் ஓரடையும் நான் நூற்றேன்

ஒருக்காலும் என் கணவர் என்னை விட்டு பிரியாதிருக்க வேண்டும்'


'Urukaddha Venneyum oradaiyum naan nootren

Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum'


Which means the following,

'I offer kara adai with butter to you,  bless me that i live happily with 

my husband.'


As soon as we tie the yellow thread i feel something exiting. I used to wish the

 yellow color does not fade away when i bath the next day. But some funny 

things happen the next day when i go to school or college or office. Looking 

at the yellow rope my friends start kidding me " Adipavi Kalyanam pantiya??? 

Solavae illa?? "


Waiting eagerly  for next festival ...





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March 17, 2013 3:57 am delete

wow..very well briefed about "Karadayan Nonbu"

Regards
Sathya

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March 17, 2013 12:56 pm delete

Very well explained. It could be useful if you explained the 7 steps she made with Yama and the meanings.

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