Exorcism before my eyes
Krishnankutty Komaram, s/o late kelukutty Komaram, Thenjippalam komarappadiparambu Sri Bhagavathi kshethram. The woman undergoing this is standing opposite the exorcist, outside this room under scorching sun.
“Ettathum, ettubhadichathum, elppikkapettathumaaya sarva bhooda pishachukkaleyum akattuka ! Om daaridrya dukha dahanaaya namah sivaya ! Humphatt swaaha”
The exorcist kept chanting these lines a hundred times. I was just an observer who thought (i doubt whether i still think) all this was perfect shit. I had taken pride in being an atheist and had always been hesitant in going to religious places. But still I am sure that there is no Krishna or Shiva or Hanuman or the like. Those are just mythological figures created for common man to imagine the supreme power (just like how much concentration they get through idol worshiping). But the power, I don’t understand. Perhaps it is the thing I try to understand the most. I fail terribly every time. Anyway, I think one shouldn’t be against something without knowing the A-Z about it. This thought of mine had actually triggered my curiosity to know more about our traditional beliefs. I accompanied my relatives to this strange place - it was a wonder for them that I was going to such a place. Each of us might have been born to different parents, at different times, places, situations, conditions etc. This makes us react to same situation differently. The difference is in the way our life was set. I don’t mean to say it is all fate. But just look at that beggar on the roadside, and that blind girl who pleads before you for few bucks. Don’t these keep you thinking? This is when great people talk about mental power and will. Of course the mind has tremendous power. But at times it somehow fails to gather all this so-called ‘instinct’ power. It seems like someone or something is pulling us unconditionally and thereby dominating this mental power of ours. Renowned film Director Lal Jose said,
“Had I not gotten those ‘circumstances’, I would not have become a film director”
Yes, though I don’t believe in the blurred term ‘fate’, I do believe in circumstances which I am forced to believe (by my experiences) are preset. All of us, however fervently we believe in ‘personal-mental-power’, would have thought at some point of our life about such bottomless truths.
Having this in mind I followed my relatives to Komarappadi kshethram.
The exorcist there was talking about ‘durbhoodangal’ (demons) who are supposed to attack us as per our time of birth - influenced by various planets. Crap! Crap! I whispered to satisfy my conscience – though I was inquisitive. Fire, earth, water, air and space - the five forces of nature were used for exorcism, I noticed. It had to be effective, for I believe in the divine forces of mother earth. There were not many people there unlike normal temples. In fact it is not exactly a temple - it’s a holy enclosure maintained by the Komarappadi family. I waited for the oracle along with the others present. Among the devotees was a muslim girl (in 20s). I was eager to know more about her. Without hesitating I asked her curiously’ View full article »