Muthukurssikavu Thalappoli, the Temple Festival with Folk Rituals

Muthukurssikavu is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Ayyappan (an incarnation of Lord Sasthavu, a God originated from the two principal Gods Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) and Goddess Bhagavathi (Mother Goddess of Hindus in Kerala), situated in Keezhattoor, a small village on the outskirts of the  town of Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district of Kerala, India. The temple celebrated its annual festival called Thalappoli on 08 & 09 Jan 2016.

The main attraction of the festival is the ritual procession which was held in the late afternoon on these days. Prior to the procession, small groups from the local communities with folk forms arrived at the temple and done a performance. It is then joined with the main procession which is accompanied by caparisoned elephants, percussion orchestras (Chenda Melam & Panchavadyam), oracles, temple priests etc in ceremonial costumes. The whole procession started from the temple, near the peepal tree situated alongside the temple, and came back by sunset.



The procession concluded with a magnificent fire work. A similar procession was held during midnight with caparisoned elephants and all along with Thalappoli. Thalappoli is a ritual by the ladies who carry oil lamps in their hands.  The first days celebration was dedicated to the deity Goddess Bhagavathi and the second day was dedicated to the other deity of the temple, Lord Ayyappan. As per tradition, the festival is conducted after the harvest in the paddy fields and celebrated by all the communities in the village.



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