The senior Raja of
Kodungallur standing on the platform in front of the eastern portico spreads out
a green umbrella signifying the time for entering into the temple for Darshan.
The waiting devotees rush in and avail the Darshan and receive prasadam. On the
Bharani day, at about 3 AM the non-Brahmin priest enters the Srikoil and offers
pujas with payasam made specially for this. Then follows the offering of cocks
along with other puja materials.
Several rituals follow on Karthika day, the
ninth day of Bharani. The temple hitherto polluted with the entry of non brahmin
priests, receive purificatory rites in well swept and neatly kept shrines,
niches and their surroundings. Once again Nambudris hold their sway and perform
routine services. Devotees offering prayers receive prasad before departure.
Bharani festival falling in March-April is the time for special prayers to
MOTHER Kali for good rains to start their agricultural operations. So lacks of
people congregate, offer prayers and participate in this festival with full
gusto. The temple town thus goes gay for about a month during this festival.
is a miss not time! A grand occasion!! And a soul-lifting experience.