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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
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
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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A TEMPLE FOR KANNAKI

The month-long Bharani festival opens on the Bharani asterism of the month of Kumbham (February- March) when the temple flag is hoisted. It lasts for seven days after the next Bharani in Meenam (March-April). The temple is widely known more for this festival than anything else. It is the one temple in Kerala where non-caste Hindus were allowed entry during the festival long before the Temple Entry legislation became effective in Kerala.

Indeed, the festival opens with the symbolic ceremonial kavil teendal or polluting the temple by a goldsmith of polluting caste going round the temple three times ringing a bell at about 7 in the morning. After a few minutes the eldest family member of the Pilappilly House attached to the temple announces that the temple has been swept clean. Thereafter the Nambudiri priest enters the sanctum and conducts the usual services.

The flow of pilgrims from other parts of Kerala commences some days before the Bharani day in Meenam. The sacrifice of cocks is held on Avittam or Chatayam day i.e. six or seven days before Bharani. From these days the temple is regarded as polluted. As mentioned earlier the heads of cocks are severed by a sharp knife and blood spilt on the two stones in the courtyard. It is on account of this ceremony (which is now stopped) the Bharani festival came to be known as the Cock Festival. 

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