PATHANAMTHITTA: The annual temple festival at Sree Vallabha Temple in Thiruvalla began with the ‘Kodiyettu’ ceremony on Friday.
Tantri Narayanan Vasudevan Bhattathiri performed the rituals in connection with the ceremony.
An ‘Ashtadravya Ganapati Homom’ was performed in the morning.
The Utsavabali ritual to propitiate the Bhoothagana of the presiding deity will be held in the afternoon on all days from February 28 to March 7.
Kathakali as offering
The temple is regarded as one among the 108 Tirupatis in the country. Kathakali is an important offering made by devotees at this temple. Kathakali performance, after the closure of the sanctum sanctorum following the ‘Athazhapuja’, has become part of the temple ritual.
Various temple art and dance forms, including Velakali, Ottanthullal, Krishnanattom, Nagaswarom concerts, carnatic music concerts, classical dance performances, will be held in connection with the temple festival.
A cultural meeting will be held on March 3. The Pallivetta ritual will be held on March 7. The Arattu ceremony marking the culmination of the festival will be held on March 8.