A Kavadi is a beam support that looks like a weigh-scale. The kavadi as a balancing instrument is almost certainly much older than the weigh scales introduced as Libra by Julius Caesar. According to legend Edumban used a Kavadi to carry the two hills Sivagiri and Saktigiri to their present position as Palani Hill and Edumban Hill in Tamil Nadu. The kavadi pole has an esoteric significance: to the initiate in Kundalini-yoga, it stands for the spinal column, on one end of which is the pericarp of the lotus called kulasahtisra-kamala, and on the other that of another lotus called akulasahasra-kamala. http://www.murugan.org/research/venkataraman.htm