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    Kura Podavai

    'Koora Pudavai' which is the bride’s saree to be worn when the bridegroom ties the knot. The saree is usually in maroon in color and is 9 yards length; (maroon with gold border in those days; nowadays you get a variety of reds and some green shades are also allowed.) It’s worn in a way which is special by south Indian Brahmin women called the 'Madisaaru'.

    Probably ‘Kura Podavai ‘got its name from kora-naattu-p-pudavai, obtained from a place called kora-naadu known for expert weavers.

    Kora Nadu probably represents a place in Coimbatore District
    Coimbatore in South India is fondly called the Manchester of India, thanks to the superior variety of cotton grown and spun here on handlooms as well as power looms.
    Nowadays very good Koora Podavai are available from Kancheepuram Weavers too.

    Initially only cotton was woven and worn during marriages, a practice
    that still continues with other South Indian communities, such as
    Malayalis, Telugus and Kannadigas. Most communities in Tamilnadu
    still wear cotton saree only as muhoortha-p-pudavai.

    Only Brahmans have changed to pattu-p-pudavai. Perhaps the result of new found riches and status while working under the British. Writer "kalki's" old social novels bring out this desire for flaunting affluence.

    Another question is about how madisaar came into vogue and the
    taatparyam of methods of wearing it. This is similar to the taatparyam
    of pancha kachcham - the specific number of folds and prana-apana
    sandhi naabhi. Madisaar seems to be the reverse of the prana-apana
    sandhi and is about kundalalini

  • #2
    Re: Kura Podavai

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for the informative post. Can you please explain more about the prana - apana sandhi and how madisar pudavai or pancha kacham has an effect on this?




    • #3
      Re: Kura Podavai

      Prana apana

      Prana in simple term means ‘Life Force'.

      Prana maintains the other elements of the body in balance and controls their function. It is with the help of prana that we are able to move, think, see and hear.

      Apana literally means, downwards. Apana resides in the lower intestines.

      "When prana and apana flow together through the central passage of the spinal column, Mind is controlled to some extend.
      SANDHI - Junction point between prana and apana.
      For Kundalini awakening mind control is essential
      Kundalini literally means coiled. In yoga, a "corporeal energy- an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti, lies coiled at the base of the spine.
      Kundalini Sakti can only be aroused when the mind is actually free from passions and desires; in simple term free from unwanted thoughts.

      Pancha Katcham or Madisar wearing in a way it is tied through Sandhi (naval point) controls unwanted thoughts to some extend.

      Panchkacham and the Madisar Saree returns the energy re vibrated to one own body thus the loss of energy is minimal.
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