Chettikulangara Kuthiyottam


Kuthiyottam is the main offering to kali 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 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 arecanut 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 body. The boys stands at a position facing the Sreekovil and begins to dance. This ceremony ends when the wire pierced to the skin is dragged whereby a few drops of blood comes 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.

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.

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