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Thousands throng Kottiyur temple

Staff Reporter

Month-long Vaishakha festival to end on June 17



SACRED PREMISES: Devotees throng the Kottiyur temple in Kannur for the Rohini puja during the Vaishakha festival on Monday.

KANNUR: The Kottiyur temple on Monday witnessed thousands of devotees surging to the sacred premises to attend the Rohini Puja, an important ritual during the ongoing month-long Vaishakha festival.

A Namboodiri of the Kurumathur Illam, who has been bestowed the traditional right to perform the ritual, embraced the Sivalinga at the temple amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. Various other rituals and offerings were also witnessed by the devotees in the temple.

There had been huge crowds of devotees in the temple over the last few days. The unprecedented turnout of the devotees had also overrun the facilities at Kottiyur. A proposal was in the pipeline to develop some facilities for the devotees near the temple premises as their number was growing every year.

During the Vaishakha festival beginning on Chothi day in the Malayalam month of Idavam and culminating on the Chithira in the month of Mithunam, streams of devotees would flow into the temple, which overlooks Bavali river in the eastern part of the district. According to legend, the temple is located on a spot of an ancient Dakshayaga. There is a granite stone, believed to be a Swayambhu Sivalinga, on which the devotees pour ghee and tender coconut.

There is no permanent structure in this part of the temple known as the Akkare Temple. The devotees go around the `manithara', a small mound of granite boulders, bowing down before the Sivalinga. The place would be deserted after the festival The festival concludes on June 17 with `Thrikkalasattam' as priests gather at the Ikkare Temple and perform some ritual and make floral offerings to the deity.

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