of commencing the Cock Festival traditionally belonged to a Nair from Kodungallur
Bhagawati Veedu (House). On Aswati day previous to Bharani offerings are made to the
Goddess by throwing into the inner precincts of the temple small packages of turmeric,
pepper and other articles with some coins, coconut and a live cock.
On this day the ordinary services of -the temple are closed at 10
A.M. At 12 noon, the Atikal, a non-Brahmin priest, enters the sanctum and performs the
service of trichchandanapod chartal or smearing of the idol with holy sandal powder. This
is done with the door shut and lasts till half past three. The doors of the sanctum are
then opened for darshan.