‘Revathi Aradhana' marks traditional fervour in Kottiyoor festival
Kottiyoor: Celebrating Vysaka Mahotsavam in Kottiyoor temple, Revathy Aaradhana, a traditional custom was held on Thursday. This is the third important ritual among the four rituals in the temple.
It followed other customs like seeveli, aaradhana sadya and palamruth abhishekam. The materials for the abhishekam was taken from an ancestral Kovilakam in Kottayam. Thedan Warrier, the person in charge of the custom, received the materials for abhishekam from the banks of Bavali river.
Rohini Aaradhana on June 3 will mark the culmination of the four rituals. ‘Makam Kalam varavu’ will be held on June 9 and with this ritual, entry for women will be closed.
Thrikalasattu ceremony on June 13 will mark the culmination of the 27-day annual festival.
Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam is held to commemorate the mythology of Daksha Yaga held on the banks of the Bavali river in Kottiyoor. The festival is held in the middle of the forest along the river.
There is only one permanent temple which is the ‘Ikkare’ Kottiyoor temple on the western banks of the river, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The festival takes place on ‘Akkare’ temple on the east, a temporary shrine built only during the festival time.