Edakkunni Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple   Leave a comment

Edakkunni Sri Durga Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples believed to have been consecrated by the legendary warrior-saint Parasurama who is also credited with creating the state of Kerala. The Devi is here in her Vaishnava form with Sankha, Chakra, Gadha and Padmam. Edakkunni Bhagavathy is believed to be “Sarvabeeshtapradhayini” (one who grants all wishes) and numerous bhakthas have stories legion to tell of her supreme benevolence. The temple is unique in that there are no upadevas inside the temple walls. Many a time astrologers have tried to know the Bhagavathy’s mind on this and each time the divine will; has been to continue with the status quo.The majestic Gopuram (ornamental gateway),the befitting Anapalla ‘Mathilkettu'(compound walls),’Ootupura'(feeding

hall),Naalambalam(building immediately surrounding the sanctum sanctorum)and ‘Sreekovil'(sanctum santorum) herald the magic lustre of the building architecture.

The temple is an important participant in the 1400-year-old grand holy congregation of Devas ,the Arattupuzha Pooram .The Uthramvilakku, celebrated the following day at Edakkunni, is famous in the circle of connoisseurs of the art of Melam as the veritable gold standard among the Panchari Melams of Central Kerala. It is also believed, and is indeed true that all the decorations on elephants and the rituals preceding the start of Panchari Melam are in perfection in Edakkunni. Old timers testify to the fact that people from far and beyond used to come the Uthramvilakku to see and hear the perfection of Central Kerala’s traditional rituals.The Panchavadhyam performed on that day is also one of the best in central Kerala and is truly magnificent.

Edakkunni Uthramvilakku

The long awaited festivity of the  village of Ollur ,the Edakkunni Uthramvilakku took place on March 21st  2008.

On March 20th rains failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd as Edakkunni Bhagavathy stepped out in full regalia accompanied by five elephants at the Poorappadam at Arattupuzha.. The percussion ensemble was led by Kelath Aravindakshan. Earlier this illustrious Edakkunnite was conferred the Vadhyakalanidhi  award by President of Cochin Dewaswom Board,Sri T.G.Ravi.

March 21st morning saw another first at Ollur –Display of Anachamayam.Also displayed was the Madurai kudas.A good crowd witnessed the exhibition at Govt UP School ,Panamkuttichira.

An overcast sky could not prevent a record crowd from assembling at the temple on Deeparadhanai.Queues formed at the eastern entrance to get a darshan of the Devi in full finery.As dusk descended the sound of conch heralded the beginning of Panchavadyam led by Thrikkur Rajan.Rains forced the troupe to end the performance some two and and  a half hours later but not before the crowd was sent into raptures by the prefect rendition of the group.The Kudas brought from Madurai were hoisted for the first time.

At 12 midnight the Bhagavathy was brought out for the vilakku.Edakkunni Arjunan held the Kolam with aplomb as all the rituals of Keli,Viallkkacharam and Kombu pattu ,Kuzhalpattu were gone through.At around 1 AM Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar made the first movement signaling the start of Edakkunni Panchari. Pathikalam and Ancham kalam sent the crowd into raptures. The finale was at 5.30 AM .Rains forced the performers and the crowd to move into the Mandapam but could do little to dampen the festive spirit.

The final steps of the Vilakku like Ocharam,Nadavazhi Pooram and Kodikuthu were went through and the whole village slipped into a siesta as the sound of elephant anklets faded.

Edakkunni Uthram Vilakku celebrated

The long awaited festivity of the  village of Ollur ,the Edakkunni Uthramvilakku took place on March 21st  2008.

On March 20th rains failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd as Edakkunni Bhagavathy stepped out in full regalia accompanied by five elephants at the Poorappadam at Arattupuzha.. The percussion ensemble was led by Kelath Aravindakshan. Earlier this illustrious Edakkunnite was conferred the Vadhyakalanidhi  award by President of Cochin Dewaswom Board,Sri T.G.Ravi.

March 21st morning saw another first at Ollur –Display of Anachamayam.Also displayed was the Madurai kudas.A good crowd witnessed the exhibition at Govt UP School ,Panamkuttichira.

An overcast sky could not prevent a record crowd from assembling at the temple on Deeparadhanai.Queues formed at the eastern entrance to get a darshan of the Devi in full finery.As dusk descended the sound of conch heralded the beginning of Panchavadyam led by Thrikkur Rajan.Rains forced the troupe to end the performance some two and and  a half hours later but not before the crowd was sent into raptures by the prefect rendition of the group.The Kudas brought from Madurai were hoisted for the first time.

At 12 midnight the Bhagavathy was brought out for the vilakku.Edakkunni Arjunan held the Kolam with aplomb as all the rituals of Keli,Viallkkacharam and Kombu pattu ,Kuzhalpattu were gone through.At around 1 AM Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar made the first movement signaling the start of Edakkunni Panchari. Pathikalam and Ancham kalam sent the crowd into raptures. The finale was at 5.30 AM .Rains forced the performers and the crowd to move into the Mandapam but could do little to dampen the festive spirit.

The final steps of the Vilakku like Ocharam,Nadavazhi Pooram and Kodikuthu were went through and the whole village slipped into a siesta as the sound of elephant anklets faded.

 

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Posted June 19, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

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