conducted in Bhagavathy temples once in a year.
Spinsters will walk round the temple with the vessel
containing the areca nut flower bunch, a portion
of coconut and lit wick in their hands. The aim
of Thalappoli is to gain a good husband.
Thirandukalyanam (First puberty functions)
is the function conducted when girls attain puberty. In
olden days it was celebrated in a grand scale.It is also known as Thirandumangalyam,
When girls attain puberty, it was celebrated in a large
belief was that when the girl attains puberty, the Goddess
Bhagavathy enters in her body and therefore, the Goddess
has to be sent away to achieve peace to the girl.As soon as the girl attains puberty the
women of the family will make a peculiar loud sound known
as Kurava to inform the neighbors.The girl will be seated in a room and near to her
a copper vessel smeared with rice powder will be placed.A bunch of coconut flower will also be placed in
the vessel.Near to that things like Ulakka (a wooden instrument
for pounding paddy) and Choolu (broom) will also
be placed. The girl will have to remain in the room throughout
the day and night.Wearing new cloths and ornaments the Ashtamangalaya
function will begin in the house. The Athikurissi
lady (lady belonging to barber community) will murmur manthras
in the ears of girl and drop rice on her head.On the fourth day after bathing and wearing new dresses
the function ends with colourful procession and grand feast.This custom was prevalent till half a century ago.
The above rites are followed by almost all castes of Hindu
community with slight changes.
honour granted by the Rajah to some families. Thampi, Kanak
Chembakaraman, Panapilla etc. are some thirumukhasthanams.
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