|Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy temple, www.keralatourism.org|
|Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy temple, Kerala. www.keralatourism.org|
The devotees on the temple premises and inside the sanctum get emotional upon seeing the goddess, who is graceful and pour our their pent-up feelings and frustration experienced by them in this trouble - ridden world. They do it in the strong belief that their personal problems will be taken care of by the deity and get back home with free mind, leaving their problems with the goddess. In the western word people seek the help of Shrinks!!
|Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy temple, Kerala. www.flickriver.com|
There are deities such as Shiva Linga (Syambhu -self manifested), Baby Ganapathy,Murukan, and Sastha. As mentioned, special puja called Raktha Pushpanjali' is performed to find relief for problems related to spells, black magic cast by the enemies. The sweetened rice known as 'Chathussatham' is offered by the devotees for leading a prosperous and peaceful life. To lead a healthy life devotees bring flying fouls and set them free on the temple premises.these rituals are popular here. Among the offerings, 'Thoniyari Payasam (Sweet rice,etc), Ney Vilakku (Lighting ghee lamp), Nirapara (Offering of giving rice, Paddy, sugar, etc in a measuring vessel known as 'para' in full measures), etc are well-known.
The annual temple festival begins on Thiruvathira star day in the Malayalam Month of Kumbham and Aarattu (the Eleventh day). Other Hindu festivals that are held here are Vinayaka Chathurthi, Navarathri, Sivarathri Vinayaka Chathurthi,.Tuesdays and Fridays are considered most auspicious days are more important than other days and there will be heavy rush on those days.