Chettikulangara

Chettikulangara Kuthiyottam

Kumbha barani

chettikulangara Kuthiyottam is the main offering to chettikulangara Devi in Chettikulangara temple. Kuthiyottam is celebrated over 7 days, people gather in the house of the person who conducts it. They are supposed to give food to the people who are visiting their house. Young two boys between 8 and 14 years are taught Kuthiyottam, a ritual dance in front of a portrait of the Kali Devi. Early in the morning on the day of Bharani, after the feast and other rituals, the boys whose body is pierced with a silver wire, one end of which is tied around their belly and an areca nut fixed on the tip of a knife held high over their head are taken in procession to the temple with the accompaniment of beating of drums, music, ornamental umbrellas, and other classical folk art forms, and elephants. On the way to the temple, tender coconut water will be continually poured on their bodies. The boys stand at a position facing the Sreekovil and begin to dance. This ceremony ends when the wire pierced to the skin is dragged whereby a few drops of blood come out. ‘Kuthiyotta Kalaris’, run by Kuthiyotta Ashans (Teachers or leaders), train the group to perform the dances and songs. Usually, the training starts about one to two months before the season.

Therum kuthira(CHARIOT) is a refrigerant experience. After midday, the residents of the locality bring huge decorated statues of Bhima Panchali, Hanuman and extremely beautiful tall chariots in wheeled platforms, and after having darshan the parties take up their respective position in the paddy fields lying east of the temple.

konjum mangayum

Every villager prepares konjum mangayum as a traditional custom that every kara(village) has been following today also.

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