Adhering to COVID protocol, Poomalakavu temple in Annoor follows traditions
Payyannur: In a bid to preserve centuries of long tradition, the Koottayi people of Poomalakavu at Thalayanneri in Annoor here started collecting offerings from the local residents. Four Koottayi people are engaged in the collection which started on June 23 adhering to COVID protocols. They are collecting offerings through door-to-door visit ahead of the 'Kalashatt Adiyantharam' ritual to be held on four days since Mithunam 29 (Malayalam month).
The ritual is performed using paddy and coconut. The money is collected from every household. The Koottayi people are elected for one year and they follow the traditional customs before visiting the houses. They also carry a symbolic sceptre, cow dung smeared basket and coconut leaf umbrella with them. They are accompanied by a person to pluck coconut from the tree.
Though the Koottayi people of various temples go to collect offerings carrying sceptres, very few of them carry coconut leaf umbrellas. These umbrellas are newly made every year. The sceptre and umbrella used by the Kottayi members are kept in their houses for one year as a sign of divinity.
The Koottayi members are selected through a draw by the temple authorities. The currently serving Koottayi members inform the newly elected ones by visiting their houses directly. They are blessed in front of the temple and are sent for collecting offering.
The expense of conducting 'Kalashatt Adiyantharam' is collected from the locals. The offerings are collected from the houses in Annoor, Karamel, Thayineri, Kara and Kandoth Kisan ground areas. When the Koottayi people visit the houses in an area, they are given lunch also. It is said that only this temple follow the ritual with four Koottayi people carrying sceptre and coconut leaf umbrella.