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Thursday, January 20, 2011
The World's oldest surviving 4000-year old fascinating Vedic ritual, “Athirathram” will be performed as per the Vedic ritual hierarchy, after a gap of 35 years in April this year, in Panjal village of Kerala State. Athirathram refers to 'building up of the fireplace and performed overnight'. According to Dr Sivakaran Namboothiri, member of Varthathe, A Kerala-based Trust organizing Athirathram, it is considered to be one of the most complex and greatest rituals.
Writing about Athirathram, Prof Staal mentioned that, “temples, cathedrals, and skyscrapers were built and fell into decay, languages and religions came and went, and innumerable wars were fought, the Vedas and their ritual continued to be transmitted by word of mouth, from teacher to pupil, and from father to son. What a triumph of human spirit over the limitations of matter and the physical body!” Staal, now over 77 years old, along with a large team from Harvard is expected to travel to Kerala and observe the performance of the 'Athirathram' in April at Panjal. More details on Athirathram can be found at http://www.athirathram2011.com (End)