HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : - 22-4.
22. The Kavadi- 4.
The Kavadi-bearer enjoys a high state of religious fervour.
He dances in ecstasy.
His very appearance is awe-inspiring; there is divine radiance on his face.
Devotees often experience the state of feeling union with the Lord.
Sometimes the Deity enters them and possesses them for some time.
Agni Kavadi: This is the most difficult Kavadi-offering.
With the Kavadi hanging on his shoulder, the devotee walks through a pit of burning coals.
Hymns are sung in praise of the Lord by those assembled all around the pit.
Drums are beaten and incense is burnt.
The entire atmosphere is awe-inspiring.
The true devotee enters into ecstasy and easily walks over the fire.
To be continued .....