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Koodalmanikyam temple fete concludes

Staff Reporter

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Expiatory ritual: Devotees taking dip at Rappal Kadavu as part of

Thrissur: The 11-day festival at the Sree Koodalmanikyam temple, Irinjalakuda, concluded on Monday with the ‘arattu' of the presiding deity.

The Koodalmanikyam temple is the only temple in the country dedicated to Lord Bharata, brother of Lord Rama. He is worshiped here as Lord Sangamesha.

Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple to attend the festival on ‘arattu' day. The rituals on Monday began early in the morning with ‘Palliyunarthal.' The decorated idol was taken in a procession on an elephant for ‘arattu' (the holy bath of the idol) at Rappal Kadavu by 8 a.m. Three elephants accompanied the procession.

The police force offered guard of honour to the idol at the East Nada. The ‘arattu' was held at 1.30 p.m. Hundreds of devotees also took a dip in the pond after the ‘arattu,' which they believe will get them rid of their sins.

After the pujas, the deity was taken back to the temple accompanied by elephants and percussion ensembles.

‘Pallivetta' ceremony that marks the penultimate day of the ‘arattu' festival was observed on Sunday.

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