|Chinakkathur temple a few days before the festivaln.wikipedia.org|
has a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Badrakali and the annual
|Kuthira (Horses) used in the Chinakkattur Pooramen.wikipedia.org|
in the month of February/March. Palappuram is part of old Valluvanadu kingdom.
This Devi temple has two Grabhagrahas / Srikovils - Bhadrakali, namely Thazhathe kaavu (lower shrine) and Mele kaavu (upper shrine). The temple has a strange puja tradition. In most of
the temples of Kerala, mainly the Namboodiri Brahmins will perform puja in the Garbagraha, but here pujas are done by the Namboothiri pundits only in the lower shrine, whereas in the upper shrine, priests belonging to Kulangara Nair family are in charge of pujas. The temple opens in the morning from 5 am to 10 am and 5 pm till 8 pm. Ganapathyhomam, Ushapuja and Uchapuja are the routine puja protocols being followed here as in other temples. Likewise, the temple will be closed for that day after the deeparadhana and athazhapuja.
|Ottapalam | Chinakkathoor Pooram 2010 YouTube|
|Chinakkathur pooram Kudhira kaliwikipedia.org|
Now the deity faces south and according to another story, in 1757, ruler Samoothiri and his army were on their way to attack Paliathachan. When the king and his army went past Palappuram, the palanquin bearers could not move it forward. Upon knowing the presence of a benevolent Kali temple, the king Samoothiri got off the palanquin, walked to the north and thus asked: “who is it?”, Upon came the reply from Bhagavathy Amman, now turning toward South, “It is Kali.”
Samoothiri offered prayers at the Bhagavathy Amman shrine and could carry on his journey. He ordered the people there to celebrate the annual festival of the temple with all the pomp and pageantry. He handed over the local landlords the responsibility of carrying out the proceedings of the festival with 16 wooden horses. Kuthirakali. This ritual game of these man-made wooden horses is an integral part of the pooram festival and every year it is performed by the well-trained players.This traditional art form is kept alive by the people of Kerala.
Here is yet another myth: Once upon a time, a Cheruma girl, while was cutting grass for her cattle, noticed blood stains when she used the knife to dig the ground. The girl informed the villagers about it and they suspected the presence of divinity there - the mystical power of Bhagavathy Amman . They began to worship Bhagavathy there and, their efforts to get to the roots of the stone ended up in failure. Then onwards, that place came to be known as Chinakkathoor, meaning chinakkiyedutha ooru (the place which was dug out).
Here, the Pooram festival is a major attraction in which lots of caparisoned elephants participate accompanied by melam (drum beating) and colorful paper-made Kuthira (horse) and Kudhira kali