: Kollencode, a tiny village in the inter-state border, is also set to host ‘Thookkam’ festival on April 12. The people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed and religion from Tamil Nadu and Kerala would be expected to throng the temple from Thursday onwards to participate in the ‘thanksgiving ceremony’ to Goddess Sri Bhadrakali.

It is one of the ancient and famous shrines in the district which is part of the erstwhile Travancore State, said the president of the temple management committee V. Ramachandran Nair.

He told The Hindu over phone that as part of the ritual, the back of the ‘temple staffers’ was pierced with two sharp metal hooks and the bleeding victim would pull to a height of 42 feet in a scaffold. This would be watched by a crowd even as the scaffold perambulates thrice around the temple.

The annual utsavam of the temple is celebrated every year with great fervour by the local people and devotees from far off places.

People from all walks of life from Tamil Nadu and Kerala are expected to throng the temple

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