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A TEMPLE FOR KANNAKI

On Makara Sankranti the people belonging to the community of Kudumis (Konkani-spea king people, their main occupation being making of pappads) from and around Kodungallur gather here in large numbers with their offerings. Then a big fireworks display takes place, which mark the inauguration of the festival. From the next day onwards, for four successive days, there are elephant processions both in the morning and in the evening.

The procession starts from a small shrine dedicated to Kurumbayamma (supposed to be the original seat of Kodungallur Devi) about half a kilometer away. A feature of the procession is an array of the gaily dressed women carrying talam (trays) with coconuts and rice accompanying it. Another is the central elephant carrying a kolam-a flat plate with a small umbrella instead of thidampu, a miniature of the idol used in procession in other temples.

The procession with the usual paraphernalia-silk umbrellas, alavattom and chamaram-hold aloft on the back of the elephant and accompanied by beat of drums and other musical instruments is a gorgeous sight. As it reaches the eastern side of the temple ethirelpu or reception is hold to the Goddess by the Chieftain of Kodungallur and priests of the temple with the cries of 'Amma': (Oh mother!) rending the air. 

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