This time too, Thankamma follows custom on Karkkadakam 1 to sell dustpans
Kottayam: Thankamma did not fail to reach Pakkil for the traditional ritual every year. Her ancestors have been continuing the custom for generations and she decided not to stop it at any cost. Carrying the baskets and dustpan made of coconut fronds, she reached Pakkil Dharmasastha temple on Thursday and was welcomed by the temple authorities.
After having darshan at the temple, Thankamma started sale of baskets and dustpan. She has been following the custom for 63 years without fail. Every year, many merchants arrive at Pakkil for selling goods on the first day of Karkkadakam. Known as 'Samkrama Vanibham', this sales is more related to the tradition here.
Thankamma belong to the family of Pakkanar (one of the 12 children in the 'Parayi Petta Panthirukulam') and are part of the history of Pakkil Dharmasatha temple. According to myths, Parasuraman reached Pakkil and tried to set up the idol in the temple, but failed.
Meanwhile, Pakkanar came that way carrying dustpans for sale. He held the idol and asked it to 'stay there' ('Parkku' in Malayalam). Following this, the idol was fixed there, it is believed.