THEEMITHI

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  1. About theemithi

    Theemithi or fire walking is a ritual performed in Tamil Nadu, which involves walking bare foot on a fire pit filled with burning charcoal. This ritual is usually performed in Mariamman temples to please Goddess Draupadi, who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Mariamman. Legends say that Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, performed fire walking after the Mahabharata war. Theemithi is observed to commemorate that event and to seek the blessing s of the goddess. During the period of the festival in the Mariamman Temple celebrated for few weeks, the fire pit is prepared on the night before of the final day and kept red hot. At around 4 am the devotees, after taking a holy bath, start fire walking. It is believed that if they are true devotees, fire will not burn them, and the Goddess will protect them with all her blessings.

  2. Name of Ritual/Custom

    THEEMITHI

    Dates

    It depends on the time of celebration of the festival. There are usually two seasons, viz., March/April and October/November.

    Address

    It is performed mainly in Mariamman temples.

    Recommended length to visit

    One day. 6 pm to 6 am.

    Do's & don'ts

    There are several incidents of injury and burning. Do not attempt to do this ritual blindly.

    Additional Informations

    There are several incidents of injury and burning. Do not attempt to do this ritual blindly.

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