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A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
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Mukkidi

Triputtiri on the Thiruvonam day in the month of Thulam (October- November) is an important occasion when the newly-harvested rice is cooked and first offered to the Lord. Then a great feast follows. The next day there is a special offering called Mukkidi ' which is considered a miraculous cure for all stomach ailments. Mukkidi is an Ayurvedic mixture the formula of which is known only to the Kuttancheri Moose, one of the families of ashta vaidyas.

In olden days the ingredients of Mukkidi  sed to be obtained in the precincts of the temple itself.   A particular spot was sprinkled with cowdung solution and covered by a big vessel.   Next morning when the vessel was lifted there would be fresh sprouts of some medicinal plants, which were collected and used for the preparation.  The story goes that one year someone who was impatient lifted the vessel out of curiosity and he lost his eyesight. Since then this process could not get the ingredients.

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