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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
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LORD OF VAIKOM

Thereafter father and son take a round of the temple and then the equally touching farewell takes place at the northern gate. The rendering of Khandara or Neelambari ragas lands pathos to the occasion.

Koodi Pooja

The next day the holy bath ceremony (arattu) takes Place at the tank (arattu Kulam) about a kilometer from the east nada. For this function also the Lord of Udayanapuram comes to Vaikom. After the arattu, a Koodi (joint) Pooja takes place for both father and son in the sanctum. This ritual is again unique and not seen in any other temple in Kerala. There is no more auspicious occasion for the devotees than the Koodi puja and naturally they gather in there thousands, with whole families. Annaprasanam. Thulabharam and various other vazhivadus also take place at this time.   After the ceremony Vaikathappan also goes to the son’s place and has his holy bath there. There again Koodi Pooja takes place.

It is significant that on Ashtami day there is pooja or naivedyam at Vaikom temple. Vaikathappan  himself observes a fast, prays for his son's success in battle, while feeding thousands -as an act of penance. The feast on Ashtami day is particularly grand. It i' rule that everybody must be fed sumptuously on this day.

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