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There, like the komarams (velichappads) of our kerala temples the persons with the chouk (Chatta) made of threads pleated and a Mandapam like box with a Laksmi photo inside will go from house o house during the harvest season and collect the offerings . They will beat themselves with the Chaata all over their body. They are called the Kadak Lakshmi.
But in kerala and Tamilnad the practice of piercing the cheek and thrusting a spear as an offering to Murugan is of a similar category.
Ramanathan A R
Gold Member, SPK