Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple is a Hindu temple at Kodungallur Trissur District, Kerala, India. The Idol of the goddess Bhadrakali in the Temple is unique as it has eight hands with various attributes. One is hold the head of an Asura, another is a sward, next an anklet, another a bell and so on.
Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple is perhaps a memorial built by a Chera King to Kannaki, heroine of Illankovadikal's Tamil classic 'Silappathikaram'.
The Bharani festival at Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. It is a month of festivities from the Bharani astersm in the month of Kumbham to 7 days after Bharani asterism in the month of Meenam. It is normally falls between the months of March and April.
The festival usually starts with the ritual called "Koshikallu moodal"
which involves the sacrifice of cocks and shedding of their blood, which forms an important feature of this Temple. The members of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple are allowed to participate in this ritual.It is also appease the Goddess of Kali and her Demons who take delight in blood offerings.
Another important event of the festival, over seems by the king of Kodungallur where a horde of 'Vellichapads" (Oracles) make a mad rush around the Temple waving their sabres in the air while the members of their retinue throw objects over the inner quadrangle. They make a wild cry of abuse at the at the Goddess in bawdy language. Their abuse is to be accepted by the Goddess followed by the purification ceremony the next day.
Photos: George Edappally.