Pallippana at Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada Temple

10th May 2011 to 21st May 2011
An eyewitness account by
A. Purushothaman and A. Harindranath

Day 1, Tuesday, 10th May 2011

Time
Ritual
Description
9.00 am Anuvadam vangal (Taking Permission)
Vastradanam (offering clothes)
Permission is sought from Valiya Appooppan (deity of Katuthashsheri Kottaram) to conduct Pallippana
Clothes are offered to those who are performing the ritual.
9.30 am Invoking the presiding deity
leading the deities to the Panappantal
installing in the Panappantal (shamiana)
The priest of Malanada Appooppan (Urali) gets possessed by the deity. The priest carries a staff (possessed by the deity). A ceremonial umbrella (Kuta) is carried by people following him.
The priest is led to the Pallippana Pantal in a procession with the accompaniment of musical instruments. A Velan leads the procession, beating the Para. Also Chenda and Ilattalam are played. Puranati (role of a buffoon who imitates the actions of Velans and thereby attracts the attention of the onlookers) walks in front. The procession is led by three persons, carrying trident and two swords. Representatives of four families who served the appoppan (deity) follow the possessed priest.
The staff is kept on a stool on the stage. The umbrella is kept nearby, The priest sits on the floor besides the stool. The trident and the two swords are kept on the ground (installed).
The tantri offers worship to the deities.
10.30 am Kappu Kettal The tantri ties a metallic bangle (Kappu Kettal) on the deities, priest, Managing Committee members, temple officials and devotees (on their right hand). The persons who has tied Kappu shall remain in the temple premises for the duration of Pallippana.
11.00 am Parayoth
(Oti ozhikkal)
9 Velans sit in the Panappantal facing the stage. They place their Paras in front of them ritually. The Velans sing songs praising Shiva, Ganapati, Sarasvati, Vishnu and the Goddess accompanied by Para. Four Velans perform Tukil Uzhiyal (by waving a bunch (made of leaves of five trees) in the air) in the four Homakundas on the ground.
12 noon Keshadipadam The Velans sing Keshadipadam song (song describing various parts of the body from hair to feet) and Padadikesham (feet to hair) requesting Shiva to remove the bad effects of curses from various parts of the bodies of the devotees.
The devotees are given Akshata ( paddy and rice) and are asked to sit with their legs stretched, perform uzhichchal and put the Akshata to the Homakunda at the end of the song.
12 to 5.30 pm Break
5.30 pm Parayaoth Song describing the origin of Velans and how Shiva removed the sins/defects of Vishnu is sung.
6.15 pm Nizhalkuttu song
6.30 pm Keshadipadam Devotees are asked to perform Uzhichchal as in the morning session while the Velans sing the keshadipadam song.
7 to 10.00 pm Patayani was performed by Kurabala Patayani Kalari during this interval (installation of Bhairavikkolam, Velichchappatu, Paradeshi (four), Ganapatikkolam, Sharkkarakkaran and worker, Grand Mother, Kurathikkolam, Maruthakkolam and Bhairavikkolam)
10.25 p.m Muroth Two Velattis (female Velan) stand in front, each holding a Muram. The Muram has a half coconut with oil and a lighted wick. The Velattis hold the Muram with both of their hands and sway the same while another two Velattis (Chellamma and Thankamma), sing songs accompanied by Para, sitting in the Panappantal.
10.45 pm Parayoth Song describing the Mahabharata war, with Bhishma as the commander of Kauravas and fall of Bhishma is sung.
11.00 pm to 11.30 p.m Itupanabali The Tantric performs a puja.
An idol made of earth representing Bhishma lying on the bed of arrows is installed. A mud pot with water in which Ganga is invoked is hung from above. Water from the pot is conveyed by means of a thread to the mouth of the Bhishma's idol.
Four human figures are seen standing on the four corners of the bed of arrows.
A cock is kept in a pit below the idol (The cock is supposed serve as a timer so that Bhishma can offer his daily prayers at the right time).
Thus Bhishma is the witness to all the rituals of Pallippana,
11.45 pm Leading the deities back to their places.
Appoppan and other deities are ritually taken back to their places.
The Urali takes the staff and others the swords and the spear and put them back in their places.

Images

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Urali
Anayikkal
Kappu Kettal
Kappu Kettal
Kappu Kettal

Puranati
Puranati
Puranati
Horn of the black deer
Conch, leaves and lamp
Homakunda
Parayoth
Parayoth
Parayoth
Muroth
Muroth
Muroth
The Pot
Bhishmarupa
Bhishmarupa


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