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"Sree Kurumba Kavu", the kodungalloor temple where the Goddess Bhadrakali is worshiped is one of the Main "Kali" temples in Kerala. It is situated in kodungalloor in in Thrissur District. The temple is situated in the middle of a plot of about ten acres, surrounded by banyan and peepal trees. This temple is noted for the absence of the "Kodi maram", the flag post which is usual in almost all the temples in Kerala. The idol of bhagawati is about seven feet high and made of wood, carved from a jackfruit tree. The idol has eight arms that carry weapons and symbols. The Festival in this temple is known as "Meena Bharanai Mahothsavam and Aswathi Kavutheendal" where people come from all over Kerala to participate and watch it. The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple is one of the grandest festivals in Kerala.
It is a month of festivities from the Bharani star in the Malayalam month, Kumbham to 7 days after the Bharani star in the Malayalam month of Meenam. It normally comes between the months of March and April. The festival starts with the ritual called 'Kozhikkallu moodal' which involves the sacrifice of cocks and shedding of their blood. This is an important feature of this temple. It is to satisfy the goddess Kali and her demons who take delight in blood offerings.
This year Kozhikallu moodal was conducted in Thiruvonam star in Malayalam momth Meenam , that is April 5 2013. There were two big round Kozhikallu in the north side of the temple. Upon getting from the permission from hishiness sri K.Godavarma Raja, the thampuran of temple community, the people from ‘bhagathy veedu’ came and dig a big hole and put the two Kozhikallu in to it and covered it. After that, a red cloth was spread over it and people gave cocks on those and shed their blood over it.
This year ‘kaavu theendal’ will be celebrated on April 11, 2013. Kavu theendal an important event of the bharani festival, overseen by the King of Kodungallur where Vellichapads make a run around the temple waving their sacred swords in the air. 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. Legends say that “Kali”, the Goddess, after Killing “Darikan” in the Battle, was wounded and was very angry even after the battle. So her soldiers known as the “Bhoothaganam” sung lewd songs and danced to make her feel better. In remembrance of of this people sings the songs known as “Theri Pattu” and dances with their swords known as “Palli val”.
The kaavutheendal starts when the King , “Kodungalloor Valiya Thamburan” His Highness Goda Varma Raja” comes in the “Raja Pallak” carried by people called “Edamukk Mooppanmar”. “Palaykkal Velan Devi Dasan”, who is believed to have treated Devi’s wounds comes and sits in the Western entrance in his traditional attire. And in the afternoon, HisHighness and his people comes out through the Eastern Entrance and sits in the “Nila Padu Thara”
After this His Highness gives permission for People to enter the Kavu by raising the decorated umbrella known as “Chuvanna Pattu Kuda”. Once the permission granted, the “Komarams” will run around the temple 3 times holding their swords and beating the temple roof with the bamboo sticks, wearing red colored dress as a symbol of blood. Once the “Kavu theendal” is over, the umbrella will be folded and His Highness will leave to the Palace.