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A Temple For Kannaki




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Hindu Books > Temples And Legends of India > Temples And Legends Of Kerala > A Temple For Kannaki

Kodungallur Bhagawati Temple - Where Kannaki the incarnation of kali is consecrated Page1

We children to whom sex was a hush-hush affair became curious and were naturally amused by these strange sexual exhibitions. We wondered how the pilgrims who observed vrata or abstention for days together before the festival and were on their way to offer prayers before the Goddess could indulge in such obnoxious things.

To this day no satisfactory explanation is offered regarding the rationale of this strange and controversial custom. It is just contended that eroticism has always been a part of Hindu religion, its literature and sculpture and that is all there is to it.

Another ritual, which we as children heard with horror, was the large-scale sacrifice of cocks in this temple during the Bharani festival. It is said that the heads of the cocks were severed by a sharp knife and blood spilt on two stones. The practice is now mercifully stopped but for these reasons the awe and wonder in which we held this unique temple never ceased.




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