Payyannur Pavithra Ring of Kerala

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Payyannur Pavithra Ring of Kerala

Payyannur Pavithra Mothiram is a kind of gold ring Indians wear for its ritualistic value. This holy ring is worn during the rituals of “pithru bali”, or the prayers for a person’s dead ancestors. This ring was traditionally made of “dharba” grass, however the modern one is made of gold. The shape of the ring is unique as it looks like a knot. Silver is also used for making the ring. It is worn on the right ring finger while performing pujas for dead ancestors.

The origin of the holy ring is associated with the history of the Payyannur Subramanya temple. The temple used to insist on the wearing of grass rings while performing holy rites. Later, the priests switched to gold rings for the purpose of durability. A traditional craftsman take a whole day to make one ring. The eating of meat and drinking of alcohol is prohibited for those who want to become holy artisans.

The word “pavithram” means purity while “mothiram” means ring. Both these are Malayalam words which is the local language of Kerala.

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