Atmaradhan- Chandan dharan vidhi among nambothiris

Some sandalwood paste is put on the palm of the left hand, a little water is poured on it and the two are mixed with the middle finger of the right hand. With the middle and ring fingers of the right hand, a mark (kuri) is then made on the following places on the body:
(1) the forehead
(2) on the Adam’s apple i.e. on the throat
(3) in the middle of the chest (4)  just below the shoulder (bāhumūlam) on the right arm
(5) just below the shoulder on the left arm
(6) far down on the back
(On some occasions, a mark is made also on the back of the legs, on the calves.)
Then the hands are washed, because the body has been touched, and a flower is taken with the right hand and tucked under the hair-braid on the crown . This ends the ātmārādhana. This description above covers only a portion of the Kerala Tantric ātmārādhana described by Kakkāṭu̇ Nārāyaṇan Nampūtiri .( I have gained the above information in a research paper about jaimineya samaveda nambuthiri tradition.The mula text is given below ).
… candanaṁ raṇṭu kayyiluṁ ākki mūrddhādi pādāntaṁ vyāpakaṁ mūnnu prāvaśyam ceyyuka. … candanaṁ raṇṭu kayyil ākki mūlaṁ colli dēhaṁ muluvan tēkkuka. kai kaḻuki raṇṭāmatuṁ candanaṁ eṭuttu̇ mūlaṁ colli neṯṯi, kaḻuttu̇, māṟu̇, raṇṭu kaikaḷ iviṭaṅṅaḷil kuṟi yiṭuka. śivanu̇ ī sthānaṅṅaḷil pañca brahmattil ōrō mantraṅṅaḷ colli kuṟi yiṭuka. viṣṇuvinnu dvādaśa nāmaṅṅaḷe kkoṇṭu̇ dēhaśuddhiyil parañña sthānaṅṅaḷil mēlppōṭṭu̇ (gōpikkuṟi yāyi) kuri yiṭuka…) and Kuḻikkāṭṭu̇ Maheśvaran Bhaṭṭatirippāṭu̇ (1974, pp. 183-4: … pūjiccāl kayyil candanaṁ puraṭṭi mūlaṁ koṇṭu̇ oru vyāpakaṁ ceytu̇ viṣṇuvinuṁ durggaykkuṁ kēśavādi sthānattu̇ kēśavādi koṇṭu̇ ūrddhvapuṇḍravuṁ; śivannu̇ neṯṯi, kaḻuttu̇, valatu cumal, iṭatu cumal, māṟu̇ ī sthānaṅṅaḷil pañca brahmaṁ koṇṭu tiryakpuṇḍravuṁ, maṯṯ uḷḷavarkku̇ śivanu paṟañña sthānaṅṅaḷil mūlaṁ koṇṭu̇ tiryakpuṇḍravuṁ āyi candanaṁ kuṟi yiṭṭu̇ …)

{ Name of that research paper is
Codification of Vedic domestic ritual in Kerala: Pārvaṇa-sthālīpāka – the model of rites with fire-offerings – in Jaiminīya-Gṛhyasūtra 1,1-4 and in the Malayāḷam manual of the Sāmaveda Nampūtiri Brahmins of Kerala,  the Sāma-Smārtta-Caṭaṅṅu
By :̇ ASKO PARPOL }

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