Kottiyoor Shiva temple obtains patent for 'Odappoo', 'Appada', 'Alingana Pushpanjali'
Kannur: The traditional offerings of Kottiyoor Shiva temple have received a patent. The temple's holy offerings like 'Odappoo', 'Appada' and 'Alingana Pushpanjali' are the patented items. The procedures of the same was completed via the central government's patent office in Chennai after months of long effort, explained Kottiyoor devaswom chairman K C Subrahmanian Nair.
Though the patent was obtained two years ago, it did not come into force as the festival was limited to rituals due to Covid restrictions, said manager-cum-executive officer K Narayanan. The patent documents are kept in the temple.
'Odappoo', the long ornamental tufts made from reed fibre, is purchased by all devotees who come to the Kottiyoor temple festival. According to myths, Lord Shiva was insulted at the venue of Dakshayaga. A saint named Bhrigu Maharashi had laughed at him patting on his long beard.
In retaliation, the saint's beard was ripped off. So, the 'Odappoo' which resembles the white beard should be considered as the symbol of removing vice and arrogance, said P S Mohanan who has deep knowledge on the mythological stories related to the temple.
The myth of 'Alingana Pushpanjali' also is related to this. When Lord Shiva was insulted during Dakshayaga, his wife Sathidevi ended her life. Shiva was deeply pained over her demise. Then Lord Mahavishnu came flying on his eagle and embraced Shiva to console him. 'Alingana Pushpanjali' is a ritual symbolizing this event.
'Alingana Pushpanjali' is performed by a Namboothiri from Kurumathoor Illam on Rohini day during Vaisakholsavam. The person performs Pushpanjali and embraces the holy idol while praying. This ritual is performed in no other temple.
'Appada' or 'Manjal Appam' (turmeric flatbread) is the offering brought from Ayilyar Kavu temple which takes place prior to Kottiyoor temple festival. Turmeric is the main ingredient in this along with other items. It is made in a special method.
If any other temple wants to perform 'Alingana Pushpanjali' or offer 'Odappoo' and 'Appada', they will have to seek permission of Kottiyoor Devaswom. The patent was obtained in order to stop others from claiming the heritage of the temple, said Devaswom officials.