Bharani festival lasting for about a month falls in the month of Kumbham
corresponding to Feb-March, has a greater pull since it has many special
features. It is during then the temple is supposed to get desecrated due to
observance of certain rituals when the regular Nambudri priests carry the behest
of the non Brahmin temporary priests belonging to goldsmith community. Sacrifice
of cocks is one as such and it is very common and thousands of them are offered.
Hence it is called fittingly the cock festival. It is to be dominated by Nair
community, who had the privilege of inaugurating, it with throwing the packets
of turmeric, peper, coins, coconuts and live cocks into the temple precincts
prior to Bharani. A non-Brahmin enters the garbhagriha and offers
Trichandanapoticharta i.e. smearing the idol with holy sandal powder when all the
doors kept closed. After this ritual lasting for nearly three hours, the doors
are flung open for Darshan to outsiders pilgrims only.