Kuchela Day is observed on the First Wednesday in the sidereal month of
Kuchela, knowing that temptations from Wealth, Wine and Women can bring sorrow,
shunned the Business Path. He was in poverty as a result, but he continued to be
a Yogi. On this day, he gave Lord Krishna, his childhood friend, beaten rice,
Avil and the Lord blessed him with both bhukthi, material prosperity and mukthi,
eternal salvation !
Offering Avil on this day to the Lord of Guruvayur is considered very
The poet Melpathur wrote about this story thus. Kuchela met the Lord, who
welcomed him graciously. Krishna grabbed the first bag of Avil and ate it
voraciously. He then extended His Hand for the second bag and then Rugmini
caught hold of His hand !
When Kuchela returned home, he could not believe his eyes. A golden palace stood
where his hut was. " How strange Thy Grace" exclaimed he !
Kuchela had shunned the ways of Mammon
Of Wealth, Wine and Women
Fearing that it may lure him to worldliness
Poverty came to him as a result
But he continued the Fourfold Yoga !
He met his childhood friend, Krsna
Who welcomed him with open arms
Krsna joyfully accepted Avil
And ate it with glee !
After that encounter with Bliss
Kuchela returned home
Only to find a golden palace
Stand where his hut stood
Tears of Bliss ran from him eyes
Which made him exclaim
How strange is Thy Grace !
Vichitra Roopa sthava khalu Anugraha !
Bhakteshu Bhakthena sa manithastvaya
Pureem Vasanneka Nisham Maha Sukham
Bathapuredyur dravinam vinayayau
Vichitra Roopas Thava Khalu Anugraha!
Kim marga bibhramasa ithi braman kshanam
Graham pradishta sa dadarsa vallabhaam
Sakhee Pareetham Mani Hema Bhooshitaam
Bubodha Thval Karunam Maha Atbhutam !
Father of Malayalam, Thunchath, wrote
O Master of Bliss ! Beloved of Gopis !
May not the individual I ( Ego ) assert in me
May the Universal I ( Self ) win
In the mighty inner war !
What are the 64 Arts ? There are 16 Kalas ( 15
Lunations + Transcendence ) for the Moon and states are 4 ( Sattwa, Rajas,
Tamas, Shuddha Sattwa ) and so 16*4 = 64 !
It is believed that lord Krishna possesses 64
kinds of arts called "chatushashti Kalas". They are as follows:
(1) Geet vidya—art of singing.
(2) Vadya vidya—art of playing on musical instruments.
(3) Nritya vidya—art of dancing.
(4) Natya vidya—art of theatricals.
(5) alekhya vidya—art of painting.
(6) viseshakacchedya vidya—art of painting the face and body with color
(7) tandula-kusuma-bali-vikara—art of preparing offerings from rice and
(8) pushpastarana—art of making a covering of flowers for a bed.
(9) dasana-vasananga-raga—art of applying preparations for cleansing the
teeth, cloths and painting the body.
(10) mani-bhumika-karma—art of making the groundwork of jewels.
(11) sayya-racana—art of covering the bed.
(12) udaka-vadya—art of playing on music in water.
(13) udaka-ghata—art of splashing with water.
(14) citra-yoga—art of practically applying an admixture of colors.
(15) malya-grathana-vikalpa—art of designing a preparation of wreaths.
(16) sekharapida-yojana—art of practically setting the coronet on the head.
(17) nepathya-yoga—art of practically dressing in the tiring room.
(18) karnapatra-bhanga—art of decorating the tragus of the ear.
(19) sugandha-yukti—art of practical application of aromatics.
(20) bhushana-yojana—art of applying or setting ornaments.
(21) aindra-jala—art of juggling.
(22) kaucumara—a kind of art.
(23) hasta-laghava—art of sleight of hand.
(24) citra-sakapupa-bhakshya-vikara-kriya—art of preparing varieties of
(25) panaka-rasa-ragasava-yojana—art of practically preparing palatable
drinks and tinging draughts with red color.
(26) suci-vaya-karma—art of needleworks and weaving.
(27) sutra-krida—art of playing with thread.
(28) vina-damuraka-vadya—art of playing on lute and small drum.
(29) prahelika—art of making and solving riddles.
(30) durvacaka-yoga—art of practicing language difficult to be answered by
(31) pustaka-vacana—art of reciting books.
(32) natikakhyayika-darsana—art of enacting short plays and anecdotes.
(33) kavya-samasya-purana—art of solving enigmatic verses.
(34) pattika-vetra-bana-vikalpa—art of designing preparation of shield, cane
(35) tarku-karma—art of spinning by spindle.
(36) takshana—art of carpentry.
(37) vastu-vidya—art of engineering.
(38) raupya-ratna-pariksha—art of testing silver and jewels.
(39) dhatu-vada—art of metallurgy.
(40) mani-raga jnana—art of tinging jewels.
(41) akara jnana—art of mineralogy.
(42) vrikshayur-veda-yoga—art of practicing medicine or medical treatment,
(43) mesha-kukkuta-lavaka-yuddha-vidhi—art of knowing the mode of fighting
of lambs, cocks and birds.
(44) suka-sarika-prapalana (pralapana) -- art of maintaining or knowing
conversation between male and female cockatoos.
(45) utsadana—art of healing or cleaning a person with perfumes.
(46) kesa-marjana-kausala—art of combing hair.
(47) akshara-mushtika-kathana—art of talking with fingers.
(48)dharana-matrika—art of the use of amulets.
(49) desa-bhasha-jnana—art of knowing provincial dialects.
(50)nirmiti-jnana—art of knowing prediction by heavenly voice
(51) yantra-matrika—art of mechanics.
(52)mlecchita-kutarka-vikalpa—art of fabricating barbarous or foreign
(53) samvacya—art of conversation.
(54) manasi kavya-kriya—art of composing verse mentally.
(55) kriya-vikalpa—art of designing a literary work or a medical remedy.
(56) chalitaka-yoga—art of practicing as a builder of shrines called after
(57) abhidhana-kosha-cchando-jnana—art of the use of lexicography and
(58) vastra-gopana—art of concealment of cloths.
(59) dyuta-visesha—art of knowing specific gambling.
(60) akarsha-krida—art of playing with dice or magnet.
(61) balaka-kridanaka—art of using children's toys.
(62) vainayiki vidya—art of enforcing discipline.
(63) vaijayiki vidya—art of gaining victory.
(64) vaitaliki vidya—art of awakening master with music at dawn