Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Temple festivals: Thottampattu
Thottampattu at the Panthuvila Devi Temple, Varkala
Thottampattu is yet another important ritual in a temple festival if the presiding diety is Bhadrakali or Bhagavati. In such temples the festival begins with the kudiyiruthu which involves leading the diety to a temporary shed made of thatched coconut leaves in the temple premises, till the end of the festival. Thottampattu begins after the diety is invited to the thatched shed. The Thottampattu is a devotional song and at the same time a ritual, which tells the story of Kannaki in Tamil text Chilappatikaram. The ritual song continues for ten days, and the story told on each day is also related to the rituals in the temple.
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