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Friday, April 8, 2016

Kodungallur Bharani 2016

Thrissur, 8 April, 2016: The renowned  Kodungallur Aswathi Kaavutheendal of Kodungallur Bhagawati temple will be held today.  Several devotees is being arriving at the temple for the yearly Bharani festival, an age old tradition dating back to more than hundred years. 'Kavu Theendal', involves Vellichapads (oracles) make a run around the temple waving their sabres in the air while the members of their retinue offer reverence over the inner quadrangle. They make cry of abuse at the goddess in bawdy language. Their abuse is said to be accepted by the goddess followed by the purification ceremony the next day.



The festival started with the ritual 'Kozhikkallu moodal' which involves the sacrifice of cocks and shedding of their blood. The members of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple are allowed to participate in this ritual. It is to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who take delight in blood offerings. Chandanapoti Charthal will also be held during the Bharani festival



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