Thulabhaaram is an important offering to Lord Guruvayurappan. Symbolic meaning is that the person performing the ritual is offering him/herself to the Lord. Devotees may conduct this ritual with or without any wish to the deity. Many devotees perform Thulabhaaram to fulfil their needs or wishes that include relief from distress, deliverance from an ailment or achieving a dream.
It was Lord Krishna who conducted the ritual for the first time. Krishna sat on one platform of the balance. Several items were placed on the other side but none could move the platform on which Krishna sat. Finally, when the lord’s wife Rugmini Devi took a leave of sacred basil (Thulasi) and reverentially placed it on the other side, the platform on which Krishna sat was raised. According to the Puranas, the Thulabhaaram was meant to demonstrate Rugmini Devi’s boundless love for Krishna. This symbolizes the devotion and love (Bhakti) with which an item is offered is important than the item itself.
Items offered and Rate
Devotees can place any auspicious object of their liking on the balance to perform Thulabharam. However, each offering produces a different result. In our temple, all devotees who would like to perform Thulabhaaram must register at the counter by paying $51 as the base offering charge. In addition, devotees have to pay the cost of materials according to how much they weigh while performing the Thulabhaaram. A small quantity of the item offered is placed in the balance, and additional weights will be used to balance during the Thulabhaaram offering.
Following are some of items currently offered as Thulabhaaram at the temple:
Rice – അരി
Sarkkara (Jaggery) – ശർക്കര
Sugar – പഞ്ചസാര
Kalkkandam – കൽക്കണ്ടം
Banana/Plantain – പഴം
It is recommended to call ahead to make necessary arrangements and schedule the Thulabhaaram. New born babies may perform this ritual after their Choroonu (Anna praasam) rituals are completed.
Please contact the temple office at 905-799-0900 for more details.