KERALA

Valliyoorkavu temple festival draws to a close

A Correspondent

MANANTHAVADI: The 14-day annual Arat festival at the Valliyoorkavu temple near here concluded on Monday.

As a part of the concluding ceremony, the ‘Oppana Varavu,' a ritual performed by the temple chief priest, returned to the Cheramkode Bhagavathy temple after the ‘Rudhirakkolam,' a symbolic fight between Bhagavathy and Dharikan in which Bhagavathy emerges victorious, in the early hours of Monday.

‘Adiyaras'

Heralding the concluding ceremony, ‘Adiyaras' (holy processions with tender coconut for ‘abhishekam') arrived from various parts of the taluk on Sunday evening.

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Arat festival is considered as the festival of the tribal people in the district.

It is said that centuries ago the temple belonged to the Kottayam dynasty in Kannur district and the trade of tribal slaves took place during the Arattu festival on those days.

The dances performed by the local tribal people, using native percussion instruments, are the major attraction of the festival.

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