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Aayilyam celebrated

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TRADITIONAL PROCESSION: The Aayilyam `ezhunnellippu' at the Mannarasala Nagaraja temple on Wednesday. Photo: Johney Thomas

ALAPPUZHA: The Aayilyam festival was celebrated at Mannarasala Nagaraja temple, Haripad, on Wednesday with traditional rituals in the presence of thousands of devotees.

The festival began with a nirmalya darshanam at 3.30 p.m. The ``ezhunnullathu'' ceremony (ritualistic procession) carrying the idols of Nagaraja and other deities from the temple to the Mannarasala illam, the abode of the head priestess, was held after 2 p.m.

Head priestess Umadevi Antharjanam known as Mannarasala Amma among devotees carried the main idol of Nagaraja.

The performances of ``Pullavan Pattu'' and other traditional instruments by experts added colour to the procession. Thousands of devotees participated in the procession.

Later, pujas were performed at the illam with the idols placed there.

A triple thayambaka performance led by Mattannoor Sankarankutty was held at the sarppam pattu thara after the ``ezhunullathu''.

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