Sunday, April 28, 2013



Last Sunday the TV  was on while I was reading a magazine sipping chilled beer.

The soccer match between Manchester United and Aston Villa had just got over.  Manchester United had won the English Premier League for a record 20th time.

I saw the manager of Manchester United club Sir Alec Ferguson wending his way to the Stretford End  to pay tribute to the noisy die hard supporters of his club as the loudspeakers pumped out The Courteeners, the rock band of Manchester.

He bend down to bow and hail . The hooligans loved it and they hollered their collective heads off .

My wife shouted “ Look out for our eldest son .  He will be somewhere in the Stretford stands sitting right between all those hooligans . ( to soak in the atmosphere )”

My eyes picked out my son in a black coat , on our Ultra HD wide Sony TV..   

My wife said “ No, that cant be him, for he had promised to wear the red Manchester United Jersey”.

I told her off “ Baby, you are now challenging ze trained Captain’s eye , who has navigated his ship through heavy traffic and fog for 30 years “

We could NOT verify who was right immediately as he had left his mobile in USA.   It makes no sense to go on a holiday with a mobile phone you take to your workplace in your pocket .   Computer developer colleagues  keep calling to ask doubts.

So later it so transpired it was indeed him in that black coat, standing with both his hands on the railings in the courseway looking down directly at Ferguson...

See how times have changed.

I remember in my time going to the local beach was a great thing – leave alone a trans-Atlantic flight to see a game of soccer.  

Of course he went and saw some old castles in Wales.  He could feel ghosts inside the dark and dingy rooms.

My elder son is a soccer nut. He supports Manchester United. My wife supports Chelsea and yours truly supports Manchester City.   

My son travelled all the way to City’s stadium too, and sat on the seat of Tevez in the player’s lounge ( I am a Tevez fan ) , just for mE sake.

There is a lot more to soccer than what meets the eye.   A good soccer manager understands “team dynamics”.

In my official email messages from my ship, under my signature would be a subtle “team dynamics” message. Officially I am NOT allowed to do this.  But then who is gonna bell the cat? – nobody tried.

Needless to say, the recipients of my emails used to telephone me and say that they always read my “RE-INVENTING TEAM DYNAMICS “ ( RITD ) agent provocateur punch lines first and then only the read the actual message.  

Some of the Yanks used to save these punch lines in a word document , because their wives and children back home can read it— they thought it was eastern mysticism .   


You can check it out yourself – basically  “Thought for the day” .   

In my case every punch line related to something which happened the previous day—  it alluded to something and somebody, and people in the shore offices used to put 2 and 2 together ,  make it 5 and have a nice laugh.

Have you noticed how Sir Alex Ferguson sits in the stands , furiously chewing gum , watching team dynamics—the natural forces at play and determine is they are acting for good.  He will make interventions to make the effect of those dynamics more positive. 

Coaching will be provided later to make up any skill deficiencies. He quickly determines the teams strength and weaknesses and tailors new approaches. He provides feedback to correct unproductive moves.

A well knit team takes on a life of its own and the managers job is to nurture and maintain it.  Each member of the team is entitled to be interested in all aspects of the operation. This is not cancelled out by the fact that he has special responsibilities in a limited area, like the goal keeper in a soccer team. This creates higher levels of job satisfaction and commitment plus higher levels of trust and support.

Teamwork creates the forum for the common man to attain uncommon results.  A bunch of superstars stars do NOT meake a team. A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Members of a  team must have complementary and diversified skills committed to a common purpose, where they use their strengths in full and can complement for each others weakness..

In order to be a good team player one has to unselfish, compromise and even sacrifice . Hostility among team members and low participation are symptoms that signal a need for team building. Morale problems do not happen overnight and they cannot be resolved overnight. Conflict resolution is not a stand alone skill. Without this skill the team cannot bond.  The team members must know what is expected of them.

It is the manager’s job to provide a positive and congenial climate . A good team has flexibility and synergy and achieves more than the sum of its parts.  It is the job of the manager to identify issues that inhibit the team. He must address those issues and remove the inhibitors.

The manager must have people skills.  Sir Alex Ferguson does NOT have it, as he treated several players shabbily , keeping his ego in front.

Team members must know how to examine team and individual errors and weaknesses without making personal attacks. The manager must be able to identify jealousy and defensive behavior.  He must build a feeling of solidarity and team spirit.  

He has to look out for the cynical lone ranger who ignores others, and survives by being servile to the manager who can make or break him.   Don’t excuse a badly behaving team member.

Some people are just negative by nature. Don’t hesitate to confront such cynical team destroyers and demand behavior change at once. Some people lack confidence and view attacks on their opinions as a personal attack. A typical statement would be “are you telling that my 20 years of experience does not matter?”

Team building cannot be a short term flavour of the months. Music orchestra bands are a clear example of how a team works. Poor performing bands are inflexible, the musicians have petty differences, compete with each other, stay in their comfort zones and expect the audience to accommodate their jarring music.

Just plain old Harmony is not the goal of cross functional teamwork .  False consensus is undesirable where team members are afraid to express a contrary point of view for fear it will destroy the positive feelings among team members.  An absence of overt conflict is often mistaken for teamwork. 

Conflict is natural and desirable. Issues are attacked –not each other. If conflict is not visible , either the people are thinking alike or they have suppressed conflict. Both situations are not helpful. Teams that suppress conflict lose effectiveness and the conflict erupts into destructive ways. A good leader will not allow endless debates on minor problems.

A good manager knows the importance of understanding another point of view. He knows that progress has been made on this planet only through disobedience and rebellion-- and that people with spirit , passion and courage have always been sinister to the walking dead.   

Strength of character and courage of convictions is NEVER mistaken for poor attitude. He communicates in the language of his people NOT in fuckin' latin.  A good manager will not convert men by silencing them. He knows when he praises everybody he praises nobody.
When there is no synergy in the team, the people are passive.  If bonuses and incentives are part of the reward system, they should be given to teams performance—not individual performance. Team culture is destroyed by racism, inappropriate race based pay systems ( which cannot be avoided in soccer ) , and destructive comments from management.  


Above: Video in which Adolf Hitler gets pissed off with Carlos Tevez.

A cookbook approach cannot be taken to build teams. Team members often tend to want to clone themselves and invite participants “just like me”.

Be sensitive to friction.  Nip it in the bud before it ends in a full scale war with everybody taking sides.  Let it be known that feuding wont be tolerated.  Reason with them.  Don’t take sides—but take swift and resolute action.  Players  must be polite, friendly and kind .  Players are entitled to respect, civilised behaviour and dignity.

If you take sides then you are part of the argument and the disagreement. You as a leader have to remain totally objective and in the middle. Being conciliatory is like mother hen breaking up a fight between 2 of her chicks.. You just want to restore peace. You will not spend inordinate time in finding out who pecked whose ass first.

Your rules say that there can be no bullying, shouting, threatening , intimidation or victimisation in your team. This is abuse. Every player is allowed to refuse abuse . If somebody is not doing his job he should be taken aside and his mistakes pointed out calmly and rationally. 

If the team comes to work looking to enjoy themselves, be stretched and challenged then you can get the best out of them. It is the job of the manager to get them emotionally involved and instill pride . Getting your team to soar takes passion and determination. 

No one can whistle a symphony—it takes an orchestra to play it. Be ready to prune dead wood, straggly growth and tone deaf lousy flute players.

The force of a team like a typhoon takes time to grow—but once it is spinning, it is a formidable thing indeed.

Above video:  A die hard Arsenal fan gets pissed off with captain of team Robin Van Persie for leaving Arsenal and joining Manchester United ( 24 Million pounds )..  In the Aston Villa match Van Persie ( exulting below ) scored a fine hatrick.

To add insult to injury, today the entire Arsenal team have to stand as guard of honour in the player's tunnel during entry -- in the match against champions of EPL Manchester United.

Old Trafford is in my opinion the greatest and most famous sporting arena on this planet.

Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With a capacity of 75,765  Old Trafford is the second-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom after Wembley. 

German bombing raids on 22 December 1940 and another one on 11 March 1941 destroyed much of the stadium. 

Old Trafford celebrated its 100th anniversary on 19 February 2010.  The rise of hooliganism in the 1970s saw the erection of the country’s first perimeter fence. There are lots of loud drunk guys cursing at every call they disagree with by the referee or even at players who aren't putting in their 100%  in their expert estimation.

They make a lot of money by conducted tours .  Probably more than 350,000 people visit every year.  Today the tour charge is 16 pounds.  Since my son is a member he was charged only 8 pounds. Tour includes the dugouts, players tunnel, and the Manchester United Museum and lasts about 70 minutes.

Manchester United members receive priority when applying for tickets for high-profile matches. Ticket prices range from £30.00 for a lower-tier seat behind one of the goals to £52.00 for a central seat at the Alex Ferguson or South Stand.

The souvenir shops do roaring trade The ground was given the nickname “Theatre of Dreams” by Bobby Charlton, who survived the Munich aircrash.  The museum was opened on 11 April 1998 by Pelé.  There is a  chapel, where hard core Manchester United fans get married.

On 6 February 1958, the British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport in Munich, West Germany, with the entire Manchester United team inside. 

The team was returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), against Red Star Belgrade, and had stopped in Munich for refueling.  It was snowing heavily , causing a layer of slush to build up at the far end of the runway.  

When the aircraft hit the slush, it lost velocity, making take-off impossible.  It ploughed through a fence past the end of the runway, before the port wing hit a nearby house with a fuel tank inside causing an explosion . 

22 people of the 44 people in the plane were killed, of which 8 were Manchester United players. Some of the survivors never played again. There is also a clock and plaque in remembrance of the Munich disaster.

Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE has been the manager of Manchester United since 1986. After this Aston Villa EPL game , Ferguson had secured the 49th trophy of his managerial career . His tenure has seen the club go through an era of success and dominance both in England and in Europe, giving Ferguson a reputation as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of the game. 

With 26 years as manager of Manchester United, he is the longest serving manager in soccer. Ferguson has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history.

He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game.  His statue was installed at Old Trafford on 23 November 2012. The North Stand was renamed as the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand on 5 November 2011, in honour of Alex Ferguson's 25 years as manager of the club.

Fergusoncould spot talent.

Ferguson bought Nemanja Vidic for just £7m from Spartak Moscow . He is worth his weight in gold as he can anticipate the flight of the ball, position himself and is tough as nails. The hooligans chant  that ring around the ground: "He comes from Serbia, he'll fuckin” murder ya."

He had bought Cristiano Ronaldo for  £12.25m from Sporting Lisbon, arguably the world’s most complete player at the moment with both brawn and brains. 

Ferguson is famous for playing "mind games" with fellow Premiership managers.  He makes snide comments at a pre-match press conference about the opposition Manager or their team. This has led to several spats in the past with managers such as Kevin Keegan, Arsène Wenger, Rafael Benítez and Mark Hughes. 

Ferguson has received numerous punishments for abusing and publicly criticising match officials and generally behaving like an a$$hole. .

He is a strict disciplinarian, and can get cranky . His players nicknamed him Furious Fergie.  He had fined one of his players, John Hewitt, for overtaking him on a public road. I think this takes the cake.

Ferguson is infamous for throwing crockery in the dressing room if players do not meet his exacting standards. Many former players have recounted his infamous "hairdrying treatment" in which he leans his face inches away from the player's and launches into a tirade, often lasting several minutes.

In 2003, Ferguson was involved in a dressing room showdown with star United player David Beckham, resulting in a eyebrow injury to Beckham, caused by Ferguson kicking a football boot in anger. 

As a shocked Beckham reeled after being struck above the left eyebrow by the boot, he is reported to have shouted: "Fuc#in’ hell, my head is covered in blood."  Instantly Ferguson snapped at a club physio: "Just fuc#kin’ patch him up."  Beckham was grabbed by Giggs first, then by Gary Neville and Ruud van Nistelrooy to restrain him.

Above:  Wayne Rooney gives it back to his Hitler boss.  If Rooney is treated shabbily and thrown out , then this planet can call SIR Alex , TURD Alex Ferguson.

He has consistently taken a "my way or the highway" approach in his dealings with players and the pressure of this management tactic has forced many fine players like Gordon Strachan, Paul McGrath, Paul Ince, Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy , Gabriel Heinze , Carlos Tevez etc to cock a snook at him and leave.

Former Aberdeen player, Millwall manager Mark McGhee, recalled a dressing-room eruption when Sir Alex kicked a laundry basket and some underpants flew through the air and landed on a player's head.

'He (the player) didn't move. Just sat there rigid.

'Fergie didn't even notice until he stopped raging. Then he looked up at the boy and said: 'And you can take those ****ing pants off your head.

'What the hell do you think you are playing at?

He is also well known for his vitriol.


'Inzaghi was born in a bloody offside position.'
A withering assessment of Italian striker Filippo

'He's a fuc#in’ novice—he should keep his opinions to Japanese football.'
On Arsene Wenger, shortly after his appointment as Arsenal manager in 1996.

'If he was an inch taller he'd be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I'd check the milkman.'
On the now retired United right-back Gary Neville.

'They say he's an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages. I've got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!' ( SHOWS A RACIST MINDSET )

On Arsene Wenger, shortly after his appointment as Arsenal manager in 1996 

“They are a small club, with a small mentality"
Sir Alex on big-spending Manchester City.

'My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fuc#in’ perch. And you can print that.'
Reacting to remarks by former Liverpool player Alan Hansen that he was past it in 2002

'Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and have to live with it. You can't do anything about them...”
After Manchester City was taken over by billionaire new owners

"I’m not like Newcastle — a wee club in the North East”.
Sir Alex  hissing back at being criticised by New Castle boss Alan Pardew.

The WEE club comment made mE day.

My son said, that right from the time he landed at Manchester airport to the time he flew back to USA, he noticed that everybody talked - nay  breathed soccer.  

This is why this place is called the Mecca of soccer.

Here is a Manchester United joke

Q. How many Manchester United fans does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Seven, one to change it, five to moan about it and Sir Alex Ferguson to bitch that  if the referee had done his job in the first place,  the light bulb would have never gone out!

Below video : Manchester United hooligans are pissed off with Carlos Tevez after he left the club for City.

Who's that tw*t from Argentina?

Who's that money grabbing whore?

Carlos Tevez is his name and he hasn't got a brain

And he won't be winning trophies anymore. ?


Monday, April 22, 2013



Yesterday the 36 hour marathon Thrissur Pooram temple festival got over.  In Kerala there is no bar of religion or caste when it comes to this temple festival.

I will put a video below.  

A video of such an electrifying event can only be a pale shadow of the real thing.  

Yet you can feel the energy of 21 lakh people including foreign tourists  who come here to see the conscious pachyderms and feel the cymatics of the drums, trumpets and cymbals..

Above: The field created by above pattern can only be appreciated by a Kirlean camera.

When I say conscious , you must understand that the elephant is the only animal who passes a mirror test fully like human beings.  That is why we have them in our temples, where you get to elevate your consciousness.

The festival is conducted in the vast premises of Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple in Thrissur.  The 6000 year old temple stands majestically on an elevated hillock right in the heart of the city. Thrissur pooram, is celebrated here every year in the month of Medam (mid-April to mid-May) when the moon rises with the Pooram star.

Lord Parasurama , the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu , the warrior patron saint of Kerala, reclaimed the land of Kerala from the sea.  He came to Kerala with a band of Namboodiri Brahmins after the river Saraswati dried up.

He asked Shiva and his family to descend from Mount Kailasa to bless the inhabitants of this new land.  Shiva indeed came riding the bull Rishabha ( Vimana ) , accompanied by Parvati, Ganesha, Subrahmanya and his parashadas and landed under a banyan tree ( Sree Moolasthanam ).  

Shiva stopped for a while and then disappeared .  Parashurama saw a bright and radiant Shiva lingam at the foot of this huge banyan tree. From that tree,  Parasurama invoked Shiva to the location of the present sanctum of Vadakkunnathan and installed the Shiva lingam.  

In the ancient days the place was known as “Tiru Shiva Perur' or the town with the name of Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva here is popularly known as Vadakkunnathan of the Lord from the North.

The Vadakkunnathan Temple has this Shiva Lingam inside , but you cant see it, as it is submerged under 6000 years of ghee offerings. This is the only temple in India where Lingam is not visible . Parasurama  anointed the lingam first with ghee. Despite this the ghee does NOT become rancid or invaded by insects, and it does not melt even during summer.  

A devotee looking into the inner sanctum can now see only a 16-foot-high  mound of ghee embellished with thirteen cascading crescents of gold and three serpent hoods at top. When the ghee starts sliding down like a mini avalanche, this amount is given as prasad to the devotees.

Let me put a 100 year old picture of  Vadakkunnathan Temple , printed by the British Hoe and Coat the 'Premier Press'.

Shivaguru and Aryamba, the parents  of Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Shiva at this temple to beget a son in 2000 BC.  They walked 53 kms to Thrissur from Kalady. They chanted bhajans in praise of Shiva for 41 days.  

Legend has it that Lord Shiva appeared to both husband and wife in their dreams and offered them a choice. They could have either a mediocre son who would live a long life or an extraordinary son who would die early.  Both Shivaguru and Aryamba chose the second option.   It was no wonder that Adi Shankaracharya mastered the voluminous Vedas by the age of six, which normally takes a whole lifetime.  

In honour of Shiva, they named the son Sankara.   Adi Shankaracharya  attained videha mukti ("freedom from embodiment") in Vadakkunnathan temple as per Kerala legend.

Arattupuzha Pooram was the biggest temple festival of Kerala.  The participants of Thrissur Pooram were regular participants of this Pooram, which has a history of 4000 years .  

About 210 years ago the King of Cochin shifted the venue to the present site, for political reasons.

Hardly anybody knows this real reason.

Thrissur was part of the kingdom of the king of Calicut ( my home town ). Then came the Portuguese Christian invader in 1498, who landed in Calicut for spice trade.  These white men had NIL honour. 

They thought they can impress the king with coloured glass pieces and beads, the way they had WOWED the black savages in Africa.

Little did they know that when their ancestors were running around naked, living in caves , clubbing animals for food and doing grunt grunt for language, the people of Kerala were wearing fine cotton and silk , wearing diamonds and pearls, eating cooked food from a menu and writing poetry.

They wanted to undercut the Arabs who were middlemen in the spice trade, and the honourable king was not ready to back stab people whom Kerala has been trading with for millenniums. . 

The Portuguese used to steal the pepper vines at night.  When the king was told about this he laughed loudly and cried “ They can steal our pepper plants and even our soil ,  but can they steal our weather ?”

The Portuguese did NOT want to pay custom duty for the trade and things went from bad to worse. They gave several local girls venereal disease by raping them.  To escape retribution  they kidnapped this king’s close relatives and fled in their ships towards Cochin,  as they knew the King of Cochin was the mortal enemy of the King of Calicut ( Zamorin ). 

Monsoon weather prevented the Calicut king from pursuing the Portuguese ships who has long range cannons. . Finally the Portuguese set camp at Goa and they were kicked out for good in 1961.


In 1761 when Hyder Ali , the father of Tipu Sultan attacked the super rich kingdoms of Calicut . to steal the gold from the temple vaults, the King of Calicut committed suicide, rather than be servile to this cruel man. 

The king of Cochin made a deal , accepted the Mysore's superiority, and became a vassal for payment of heavy money.  With this sweet deal the king of Cochin bargained over Thrissur and secured it.

Rama Varma Kunhjipilla Thampuran , popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran shifted his capital from Cochin to Thrissur.  But the people of Thrissur both high and low castes , were still loyal to the Kings of Calicut , who were honourable kings.

Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan again invaded Calicut in 1788 , and Calicut was razed to the ground along with thousands of Hindu temples .   Fires took more than a month to be put out.


This is the man Salman Khurshid and the Italian waitress turned empress has been trying to establish as freedom fighter and secular.

Tipu Sultan did NOT destroy the Vadukunnathan Temple at Thrissur as his Hindu astrologers advised him that it would bring him ill luck.  This trust in Hindusim was for his own selfish good.

King Shaktan Thampuran ( ruled from 1769-1805) was merciless with all those who were loyal to the King of Calicut and this included the Namboodiri Brahmins who ran the temples.  

The Cochin king had support both from the British who had killed Tipu Sultan and the southern king of the state of Travancore. To start the exodus the king wrested the temples of Thrissur from the Namboodiri Brahmins of Thrissur ( Yogiatiripppads ).

These Brahmins had been in charge of the Thrissur temples since the days of Parashurama.  Now these poor guys were totally uprooted, like snake charmers without snakes.

To get the moral support of the low castes he started the Thrissur Pooram.  This was almost like Nero having the games in Rome, to get instant popularity , win the hearts of the vast majority low castes , and to consolidate his rule..   

The last Yogiatirippad was banished from Trichur 1763 for being loyal at heart to the king of Calicut , Zamorin against Cochin.  One by one the Namboodiris were ethnically cleansed and the numerous Namboodiri illams situated in Trichur gradually became extinct.

In the days of the Calicut King’s rule, Arattupuzha Pooram was the biggest temple festival of Kerala. The current participants of Thrissur Pooram were regular participants of this Pooram.  During one particular year of floods Shaktan Thampuran used this as an excuse to break from past tradition. He shifted the pooram to Vadakkunnathan Temple which is on higher ground.  

And since then the pooram has been there. There still used to be competition from temples loyal to the King of Calicut and temples loyal to King of Cochin.  This competition still exists, though all have forgotten the root cause.   

Even today no Hindu from Calicut would look beyond Thrissur for brides and bride grooms for their children.  For the Hindu king of Cochin had first mollycoddled the cruel Muslim invader and then the white Christian invader.

Today the Kudamattam competition is between two groups the Western and the Eastern.  The Western group consists of Thiruvambady, Kanimangalam, Laloor, Ayyanthole, and Nethilakkavu temples. Paramekkavu, Karamukku, Chembukavu, Choorakottukavu and Panamukkamppilly come under eastern group. 

Nobody knows the past and well, let bygones be bygones. In the bargain here is a festival which is for everybody.

The Cochin king may think that he has done a great thing , and he must have gladdened the hearts of the white Christian invader, whose only interests was to divide the Hindus.  

Hindu temples are NOT like churches and mosques.  There are proper puja procedures.  

Most of the Kerala temples are now run by  PRETENDER PUJARIS  who draws a monthly salary from a Dewaswom board run by soulless atheist communists,  and manipulated by Christian and Muslim ruling ministers whose loyalties lie in Vatican and Mecca.  

This is what has happened in most of the ancient Kerala temples.  Hindu temples are all about raising your consciousness.  Hindu temples are NOT for carnivals like in Goa or Mardi Gras. 

You cannot have a scavenger pujari from a clan , who has no spiritual traditions and who cannot utter a single mantra for nuts, the way BR Ambedkar wanted it , prodded on by the British-- all in the name of human rights .  

Let human rights remain outside the inner sanctums of our ancient Hindu temples. You must be qualified like a neuro-surgeon in a brain surgery theatre.

Today if my wife wants to do some special pujas for her dead ancestors, or my sons ,  she goes all the way outside Kerala to Mookambika temple in Kollur Karnataka.  She being a Reiki grandmaster knows which temple has what vibes.


The massive display of sound explosives Vedikettu also started after Tipu Sultan was killed.  This was never a visual display . This was more of a crude terrific sound display, that we too have gunpowder, bombs  and rockets.

Tipu Sultan’s and his father Hyder Ali’s army were no match for the Kerala Nair swordsmen in prowess who carried swords like umbrellas. But the Mysore Muslim kings had rockets and long range cannons.

Back to Thrissur pooram.

Thrissur pooram is a festival unique in its pageantry and  magnitude. The Pooram attracts a lot of elephant enthusiasts.  With over 50 elephants at the pooram site, and many more all over town, keeping them well fed and hydrated in the hot season is an uphill task.  

During the festival, over 100 caparisoned elephants will pass through the town and all of them have micro chips in them.

In the Pooram ground the people throng so close that if there is a rain shower , no moisture will  hit the ground.

It must be noted that Vadukumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, remains a mute spectator during the festival , only involved in granting the premises and convenience for the festival.  No offering is received nor is any expenditure incurred by the temple in connection with the Pooram. Not even a special puja is offered on the occasion.  

The custom was developed by Shaktan Thamburan , as if all the gods and goddesses are doing pooram ( a meet) in front of Shiva, considered by Hindus as a supreme god.   Only Sastha’s ( divine combination of shiva and Vishnu ) or Durga’s are the participant of the pooram.

Here you get to hear the electrifying Kerala traditional music (Chembada Melam, Pandi Melam, and Panchavadyam) .  This is NOT like a western symphony orchestra were all are nattily dressed and sit like dead fish.  Here you can feel the thumping cymatic energy resonating every cell in your body.

Panchavadyam has about 250 expert artistes playing musical instruments like Thimila, Maddalam, Trumpet, Cymbal and Edakka .   'Pandemelam', is for 200 artistes holding mastery of drum, trumpets, pipe and cymbals..

Several processions with caparisoned elephants form various temples land up at the venue.  The most impressive processions are those from the Krishna Temple at Thiruvambadi and the Devi Temple at Paramekkavu .  The sprawling Thekkinkadi maidan, en circling the Vadakumnathan temple, is the main venue of the festival.  

The drummers , all in the zone, literally mesmerize the onlookers.  You can feel the collective consciousness .   'Elanjithara Melam' ( drum beats in front of "Elanji" tree or bulletwood tree ) is performed in which artistes play drums, pipes and cymbals for hours on end as if in a trance.  The entire display is divided into 3 kalams, based on the speed of percussion.  It needs no mention that the 3rd is the fastest an d the most explosive in nature.

Poorma starts with the ceremonial flag hoisting (Kodiyettam) by various participating temples.  Ten temples take part in the festival.  But like I said before the main participants are the ‘Bhagawathys’ ( goddesses) from the Thiruvambadi and the Paramekkavu temples.  

These two temples had  never been under the control of Namboodiris,  are given pride of place..  Here lies the King’s politics .  Usually Kerala kings never interfere in temple affairs, and hence you can identify the British invader’s role in this .

The main Pooram starts on the sixth day after the flag hoisting.  The spectacular show of 'Kudamattom' ( parasol exchange ) is the cynosure of all eyes . Parasols of myriad numbers, designs and colours are exchanged by the people atop the 30 elephants, of which 15 line up one side and the other 15 on the opposite side and it is a virtual competition between the two eyeballing sides.

On each elephant are perched three men atop waving the ‘aalavattom’ (peacock-feather fan), ‘venchamaram (white gazelle-hair fan) and ‘kuda’ (silver-sequinned parasols in all the imaginable hues).  The tallest tusker in the middle carries the golden ‘thidambu’ representing the deity.

When the percussion reaches its crescendo, the parasols are changed with an even more colourful and exquisite one.  The crowds between the 30 elephants , a virtual field of consciousness , give a mighty cheer for each parasol change .  The devotees look on the elephants as the very incarnation of Lord Shiva’s son Lord Ganesha.

The grand finale fireworks happens on the seventh day after the flag hoisting and that marks the end of the festival.   You never get the see the majestic blue colours like out here , in world wide fireworks,  for expensive copper is involved.

The 36-hour celebrations ends with `Vida Chollal' (farewell) ceremony, enacted at the Thekkinkad Maidan.   
Divine meeting now completed , the deities of the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu temples bid farewell to each other and the deity of Sree Vadakkunatha Temple at the ceremony, with a solemn promise to meet again next year same place,  same time..

This is our culture since hoary antiquity -- and we are proud of it.  

This is who we are--  from God's own country

Harshil Shah
September 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Pranam Guruji,

Indeed, i read the above post and its exactly same. Sir, however one question - usually we offer water on shiva lingam (due to reasons explained in one of your earlier post), then at vatican and kabba, are they still continuing the same practice covertly ?... What happens if this is not continued or are there any other alternatives (may be a silly question).. I am still learning...

Harshil Shah


Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
September 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM
hi hs,

You will find millions of funda on the internet and Hindu literature – even by learned gurus like Vivekananda and hundreds of shankaracharyas..


NOBODY HAS UNDERSTOOD HINDUISM SINCE ADI SHANKARACHARYA OF 2000 BC—and few German Quantum physicists ( who all converted to Hinduism and got cremated. .)

Shiva Lingam contains the soul-seed ( DNA ) within which lies the essence of the entire cosmos.

Water holds memory.

Copper kalasha drips water right on top of the shiva lingam and this water bathes the lingam uniformly. In ancient days this water used to be LIVING ganges water.

The base has a run off for water – and this water is holy theertham . The white man called the Lingam as Shiva’s erect phallus and the run off base for water as YONI( vagina – note the extreme sarcasm ).


I have been telling this in my posts .

One day, three years ago NASA agreed with capt ajit vadakayil.

Punch into Google search-

You will find it on page one item one among 8 million posts—even ahead of NASA’s post on this subject .

If you cant see it by some quirk, enter-- NASA DNA METEORITE VADAKAYIL.

Theertham water holds memory .

The computers of the future ( maybe 200 years in future ) will NOT contain silicon chips.

They will hold water . In another 400 years I predict computers will be conscious and they can laugh at a joke or tell the moral of a story narrated to it .

Punch into Google search-


We had INDOPHILE white men and women ( like Wendy Doniger ) interpreting Hindusim for us , right?—all wolves in sheep’s clothing !




Capt ajit vadakayil


Grace and peace!