Director: : Jaichandiram
Duration : 57 minutes 37 seconds
Produced by IGNCA
Thanjavur, Bṛhadīśvara Temple was built of granite by Rājarāja Coḷa
(CE 995--1010) to honour Śiva as Adavallan - an accomplished dancer
with his various manifestations. It has a central shrine 150 ft
square, a Vimāna 200 ft high, a huge inner courtyard 250 X 500 ft,
wall paintings done under Nāyakas, and 108 dance poses of Śiva.
The temple is
sanctified periodically at a twelve-year interval, by a celebration
of Mahākumbhābhiṣekam. The film records rare footage of all the
stages of abhiṣekam starting from saṁkalpa to the pouring of sacred
water from the top of the temple. This rare documentation records
one of the greatest orality and ritualistic heritage.