Many blessed devotees have contributed Saffron for the upcoming Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Kumbabhishekam, which is scheduled on February 9th, 2017.
How will this Saffron be used? Here is a nice response from Rajesh Venkataraman:
Saffron is used for various purposes during Kamakshi Amman Temple Kumbabhishekam. It will be used in all the kalasa theertham in Yagashala which ultimately ends up as Abhishekam to all the deities and all kalasams in all gopurams.
All this saffron that will be put in all the kalasams.
On the eve of the commencement of Kumbabhishekam rituals, the traditional Karikola Yatra was performed. The Kalashas that are to be placed on the Gopurams, and the Silver chariot were taken around the Raja Veedhis Streets around the Kamakshi Amman Temple.
Saffrom will also be used for Sahasranama Archana by both the Kanchi Periyavas to Ambal and Srichakram on the day of the Kumbabhishekam. In the unlikely event of some Saffron being left over, it could also be used in the daily sandalwood paste preparation for Ambal.
Rajesh has collected almost 1.5 kgs of of Saffron from various devotees in the US and is all set to leave for India on February 6th, 2017. The picture says it all!
Pictures courtesy of Kamakoti.org, Vanjari Shankar and Kalyan Sastri.