peerless grandeur and matchless splendor in three realms -
religion,' royalty arid letters, as exemplified by the Porkali
Bhagavathi at Tiruvalayanad Mamakam at Tirunavayi and pattattanam at
Kozhikode the Zamorins have engraved their glory on the glittering
pages of history in golden letters, as it were.
cusory glance at the working of the Revathi pattatanam is quite
interesting, besides illuminating and elevating. The pattatanam
begins on Revathi in Thulam falling in Oct-Nov and it is a seven-
day literary festival vibrating with discourses, battle or wits,
avadhanams, recitations, criticisms etc. Brahmins are sumptuously
fed and treated with utmost honour.
the end, the learned brahmins are fittingly rewarded with purses
containing 101 fanams equivalent to 300 measures of paddy sufficient
for the maintenance of one person. The recipient of this gets every
year the same benefit, and it could be got by proxy even. But to the
entitlement of that honour one has to
pass through ordeals. Learned luminaries subject the contestants to
the most severest tests and draw out their acquisition from several
outlets. It was open to all, and hence many intellectuals from far
off places attended and obtained royal honours.