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Below is the poem entitled WINTER'S HOLY DAYS which was written by poet sundari kannan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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In winter all men down south of India
Follow celibacy for 40days
They are up by very early in the morning
Praying meditating on the lord
They would never shave but bathe
Morning and evening to maintain hygiene
They wear black to show their
Detachment into any normal life.

They will not attend any wedding
Stay away from all celebrities
They have restricted food
No onions or garlic but saatvic food
That could be gruel or soup 
Sleeping on a water reed mat
Nothing too comfy on the bed
With a wooden plank for a pillow 
They should be at ease.

no sandals or boots allowed one need
to walk bare foot along the thorny hilly path
filled with snakes and wild elephants and thorns.
one loose their identity as all are dressed alike 
to loose the "I" and be equal among all the ego is taken away.

The 40th day they celebrate together 
And carry a coconut filled with clarified butter
Along with some rice on their head 
To give it to the bachelor lord of the hills
Some time these holy days are extended
From mid November to mid January 
To see the celestial wonder of star
High above when the temple opens in décor
All shout in ecstasy the lord is pleased the lord is pleased
Beautiful lullaby is sung to put the lord to sleep
It is a holy time with winter many around have different 
Mode and ways to spend in the name of lord….sunkan

in south india or the whole of india sometime come together to follow this trip to
sabarimala the deity is known to have been born from two males shiva and narayana who came
as mohini to bring him into this world. so he will not have anything to do with female in
his vicinity, so women lesser than 10 and above 55 are allowed to go to see him, to see
him one must follow celibacy and strict meditation and lead a ascetic life for the period
that they follow to go and see him...sunkan

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  1. Date: 1/13/2011 3:45:00 PM
    thanku carol happy new year hope you had a great time during these sunkan

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 11:48:00 AM
    Congratulations Sundari on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Winter's Holy Holidays". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 3:45:00 PM
    thanku ram, been waiting for your comment here, and now it has been fulfilled...sunkan

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 3:44:00 PM
    thanku linda am very excited indeed to be there and all your encouraging comments leave me high dear...sunkan

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 9:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on thi well deserved win in the contest, Sundari

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 3:56:00 PM
    Congrats Sundari on your amazing win in Debbie's contest with this exciting entry .. enjoyable information in every line.. enjoy your top ten victory with luv..

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 3:41:00 PM
    Deborah, i am unable to follow did i win this contest do let me know i am too excited if it is so where do i see the win here on this page dear..thanku for your lovely comment...sunkan

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 2:33:00 PM
    Unbelievable learning experience in this write! I do hope you enter my next contest I have lots more to learn from you I can tell! Congrad's on your fine win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 6:53:00 AM
    Very nice. Thank you for commenting to my poem.

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 8:15:00 AM
    dear ram, that was an incredible thing to say i love it and am happy to get that fav on my list...sunkan

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 8:10:00 AM
    thanku kashinath, very happy to see you cheering me here, i look forward to your support..sunkan

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 8:09:00 AM
    thanku tahera mannan, very happy to see your comment here it is pretty encouraging thanku for wishing me pal..sunkan

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 5:44:00 AM
    Quite innovative theme yiou have chosen but the most inspiring thing I enjoyed is loosing "I' the ego. Nice write, sundari. This goes to my favorite

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 5:40:00 AM
    You have done a wonderful job Sunkan!Goodluck for the contest-kashinath

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 4:35:00 AM
    You have very beautifully described the festival of south india. Well done. All the best for the contest.

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 3:26:00 AM
    thanku nette very happy to have shared this indian rites here, the exposure is needed we know about the christmas and its holiness but the exposure otherway is not much so felt should bring in this here...sunkan

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 2:56:00 AM
    what a descriptive write on indian rites and rituals done with such aplomb abd a sebse if spirituality... splendid! warmest, nette