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Nachiyar Koil Kal Garudan

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Have you heard of the Garudan idol that increases in weight, needing first 4 people to carry him, and finally requires as many as 128 people to carry him? Well, there is such a temple having a Garuda idol who increases in weight as people carry him. His name is 'Kal Garuda' and he is at the temple of 'Nachiyar Koil'.

"Kal Garudar is the most prominent feature of the temple. As per local legend, the sculptor who sculpted the idol of Garuda got frustrated as the bird flew away each time a new image was prepared. In frustration, he threw a stone at Garuda, who got injured and decided to stay in the temple as Kal Garuda. The image of Kal Garuda is made of saligramaand is housed in the shrine outside the main sanctum. During festive procession during the Tamil months of Margazhi (December–January) and Panguni (April - May), the festive images are carried out in procession in Kal Garudar. While only four people are needed to carry the idol of Garuda out of the shrine, it multiples to 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 people when the image is taken outside the temple. On the way back only 4 people are required to carry the float. The aspect is treated magical as drops of sweat are also observed on the image of Kal Garuda during the six hour long procession. During the festive occasion, Garuda receives honors from Srinivasa Perumal in the form of dress and ornaments. Jewels and dress are also presented to Garuda by Ranganathar, the presiding deity of Srirangam Ranganthaswamy Temple.[SUP][4]" (Wikipedia)

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