The Kaliyattom festival of the Bhagavathi temple at Kaliyattamukku, near Tirurangadi, took place on Friday without the usual cockerel sacrifice.
The Rationalists Association had secured a court ban on the cockerel sacrifice, which was considered an integral part of the Kaliyattom festivities. Hundreds of cockerels used to be sacrificed at the altar of the Kaliyattamukku temple.
Police team posted
A strong police team was posted at Kaliyattamukku to implement the court order. The festival, however, went off peacefully without any sacrifice.
Thousands of people from Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts had gathered at Kaliyattamukku for the Kaliyattom.
The festival traditionally heralded the monsoon rains. Although it used to be a religious festival signifying communal harmony, it provided a large platform for the farmers to buy good seeds for the coming season.
“We used to buy good seeds at the Kaliyattom, which is more of a farmers’ festival than a religious festival,” said Kunhi Kannan, a paddy farmer from Chemmad, near Tirurangadi.
Dozens of processions originating from different parts of Malappuram and Kozhikode districts converged at Muttiyara, near Kaliyattamukku, and proceeded to the temple.