Kadal Poojai
Devotees offer mulapaaris to the sea goddess at this year's event.

The divine offering to the one,
who feeds crores of hungry souls.
The yadavas of Brindavan
The yadavas of Brindavan used to conduct a special pooja every year and offer food to Lord Indra. Once, on Lord Krishna's advice, the yadavas did pooja for Govardhana Giri (hill) instead. This irked Lord Indra, and the yadavas had to face his wrath in the form of heavy rains. Finally, the yadavas surrendered to Lord Krishna. Out of his benevolence, he gave shelter to the yadavas by lifting Govardhana Giri and creating a roof above them.

Only a Mahaan can tap into the frequency and decode the thoughts of another Mahaan.
In the same manner, in the holy land of Dhanushkodi, Kodi Swamigal envisioned doing the same form of offering as Kadal Poojai to the goddess of the sea.

 The goddess of the sea is considered a divine mother and referred to as Sea Mother. Only a Mahan can tap into the frequency and decode the thoughts of another Mahan. In the year 2000, a Mahaan named Sinjawadi Gopalswami directed the devotees of Kodi Swamigal to conduct this Kadal Poojai from the 3rd Day of the star Maham, which falls in the Tamil month of Maasi.
Waves of grace sweep every soul
Interestingly, whenever anybody gave money or food to Kodi Swamigal, he immediately distributed it to others. If there was nobody near him, he offered food to the Bhairavars (A term used to refer to dogs as deities) and Sea Mother. This act of providing food to Sea Mother by Kodi Swamigal later evolved into the Kadal Poojai function to honour the Mahan. To date, this practice of offering to the sea with sincerity and bhakti continues.
Waves of grace sweep every soul
Interestingly, whenever anybody gave money or food to Kodi Swamigal, he immediately distributed it to others. If there was nobody near him, he offered food to the Bhairavars (A term used to refer to dogs as deities) and Sea Mother. This act of providing food to Sea Mother by Kodi Swamigal later evolved into the Kadal Poojai function to honour the Mahan. To date, this practice of offering to the sea with sincerity and bhakti continues.
The revival of a lost tradition
For 18 years, since 2000, the annual event of Kadal Poojai has been organised by a group of sincere devotees. From 2019 onwards, our trust, Puravipalayam Sri La Sri Ponmudi Kodi Swamigal Charitable Trust, has managed and conducted this event with utmost devotion.
On May 27, 2018, during the tamil month of Vaikasi, when the Visakam star was in ascent, Mrs Bama Balaji, Managing Trustee lit an eternal lamp at the holy place. Since then, daily Annadanam (offering food for free) happens without any stop. This miraculous event was only possible due to His grace.

The annadhanam continued through the lockdown during the Covid 19 waves (April 2020-2021). Our trust members worked every day to feed the hungry and the needy in and around Rameswaram.


Mulaipaari procession - Kadal poojai 2022
Glimpses from - Kadal poojai 2022