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Chembukkavu Desapattu was held in Paramekkavu Bagavathi (Bhagavathy) Temple, Thrissur, Kerala State, South India on 1st Jan 2018 as a part of Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple Vela. Below are some of the photos or pictures of this festive occassion.

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Madathikkavu Bhagavathi Temple is located in Thrissur dist, Kerala State, South India. The main diety here is godess Kali. Its around 44 kms from Thrissur town, 21kms from Kodungallur, 18km from Chalakudy, 5km from Mala, 20km from Angamaly.

The origin of this legendary temple dates back to the 17th century – around 300 years ago. It’s history is closely intertwined with the lords(thampurans) of the erstwhile Kodungallur Kovilakam(the palace of the local kings). That was the time when the Kochi rajah (under whose rule lived these lords) was under frequent attacks from the Zamorins, the ruler of the neighbouring princely state, kozhikkode. Kodungallur was one of the special targets of their attack, which, literally drove them out of the area. When it was almost certain that the zamorin’s army would force an entry into their premises, they left the place.

Ardently devoted to devi Kurumba of Kodungallur, they were the most hurt when they had to take leave of her, thereby depriving themselves of the diety worship and poojas[rituals]. As a way out, they carried with them the sword invoked with her divine spirit[chaithanya] to rather an obscure hamlet called Pooppathy where they settled down and they continued with their offerings and poojas in the presence of the sword.

This phase ran upto a few decades during which they kept ‘the holy sword’, first in the court yard of Thamarassery Mekkat Mana[a prominent Namboothiri family of the locality], and then, in the ‘madhom’ which was used as their granary. Once the political turmoil and the subsequent instability ended, these lords returned to Kodungallur. But, it is believed, that the sword refused to be stirred out of the place.

‘Prasna’ [a kind of astrological calculations to know the divine will] was conducted and the ‘oracular’ revelation was that it was ‘Her’ will to stay back. That was why and how a temple was constructed, as it is seen now, by the then seniormost member of the Thamarassery Mekkat Mana[presumably Sri Sankaran Namboothiripad, who was a predecessor to 4/5 generation]. Devi’s holy spirit from the sword embedded in a ‘valkannadi’ [a mirror-like idol] was ceremoniously placed[prathistha] in the sanctum sanctorum and the temple was consecrated.

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Kandankkavu is located in the opposite (east) direction of the famous Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi Temple. There is a mystic myth about the Kandankkavu. Sree Kandan was a dangerous manthrikan or Sorcerer from the “Umma Pilly” Nair Tharavadu (Tharavadu means ancestral home) in Chetupuzha. Due to misuse of the manthras for evil spirits he died prematurely. His soul created plenty of problems to Umma Pilly Tharavadu. Unable to bear the problems created by the spirit of Sree kandan the family surrendered in Olarikkara Sree Bhagavathi’s feet seeking shelter. Subsequently the evil spirit of Sree kandan was controlled by Temple Velichappadu by absorbing his soul in a mudpot and buried him in the backyard of the temple. Ultimately Sree Kandan became the devi’s devotee and blessed with the title “Vettothikkaran”. Whenever the devotees worship Sree Bhagavathy and make offering, they offer an oil lamp to Sree Kandan. The main offering of Kandankkavu is “kalasam”.

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