'A unique Kerala story of interfaith harmony': Kaliyattakkavu temple festival to kick off soon

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Kaliyattakkavu temple festival | Photo: Ajith Shankaran/ Mathrubhumi

Malappuram: A serene village in the Malappuram district, Thalappara, is all set to whoop it up for the annual festival in the famed Kaliyattakkavu temple. Over the years, the festival, which is typically relished by all, irrespective of caste or religion, has been celebrated as a gala of the region.

The celebrations commence on the first Monday of the Malayalam month Edavam (May- June) and reaches its peak with the event ‘Kozhikkaliyattom’. The ritual ‘Kozhikkaliyattom’ is performed on the 12th day of the festival.

The procession to the temple with its deity ‘Kaliyattakavilamma’ begins after obtaining the blessings from Mamburam Dargah in AR Nagar village, which is the shrine and mausoleum of Syed Alavi Mouladhaveela Thangal. This ritual makes the festival a gripping example of interfaith amity in Kerala.

During the festival, devotees flock into the temple carrying effigies of horses made out of palm leaves, accompanied by rhythmic drum beats and dance performances. The effigies will be destroyed at the temple itself after the ritualistic circumambulation (the act of moving around a sacred object or idol).

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