Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple or Sree Kurumba Devi Temple is located at Kodungallur in Thrissur District of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhadarakali and is fondly called as "Kodungallooramma" by devotees and is one of the famous devi temples in Kerala. The idol of the goddess has eight hands that carries various weapons and symbols.

The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. The festival usually starts with the ritual called 'Kozhikkallu moodal' which involves the sacrifice of cocks and shedding of their blood, which forms an important feature of this temple.

'Kavu Theendal', another important event of the festival, overseen by the King of Kodungallur where Vellichapads (oracles) make a run around the temple waving their sabres in the air while the members of their retinue offer reverence over the inner quadrangle.

Kodungallur Thalappoli festival is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Makaram . There will be processions twice a day that will be done on elephants and there will be music (Pancha Vadyam, Paancari, Paandi melam, etc), fireworks to accompany it. There will be procession by women in the final day and they will carry a Thalappoli or carrying plates that contain rice and coconut. There will be an elephant in the center of this procession and a person will carry the Thalappoli that contains the same material as carried by the women. A grand reception is offered to the festival when it reaches the temple premises.

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