Kochi

Cops to keep date with custom

Personnel of the Palluruthy police station in traditional attire receive the annual thalapoli procession from the Azhakiyakavu Devi Temple in its neighbourhood.

Personnel of the Palluruthy police station in traditional attire receive the annual thalapoli procession from the Azhakiyakavu Devi Temple in its neighbourhood.  

Procession from temple visits Palluruthy police station every year

The police and a section of the faithful may not be in best of terms, thanks to the tempestuous atmosphere that prevailed in the State during the recent protests over the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.

But that has done nothing to malign an age-old custom involving the cops of the Palluruthy police station and Azhakiyakavu Devi Temple in its neighbourhood.

As is their wont, a ceremonial procession from the Cochin Devaswom-owned temple in connection with the annual ‘thalapoli’ will visit the Palluruthy police station and the traffic station in its immediate vicinity on Saturday night to collect ‘para’ (offerings in brass vessels).

“We have send invitations to all senior officers, including the District Police Chief (Kochi city), to attend the function. The recent spate of events has not affected the custom in anyway,” said A.G. Vipin, Sub Inspector, Palluruthy.

How it started

The custom was born out of the fact that the site where the police station now situates used to house the royal court in ancient times and ‘para’ used to be collected from the court during those times. “Though it was replaced by a police station, the custom survived the change.

Tradition matters

Cops wear traditional attire during the offering of ‘para’. Serving and retired officers along with their families participate and offer para of various commodities such as rice, sugar, jaggery and flower irrespective of their caste and religion,” said Arun Thottungal, a local resident. The temple procession will reach the police station on Saturday around 8 p.m.

The cops’ association with the festival doesn’t end there either as they also offer a guard of honour during its course at the temple. This year, the police guard of honour falls on February 5.

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