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Kottiyoor Temple Festival

Kottiyoor Temple festival is held in Akkare Kottiyoor temple, one among the two ancient ancient Shiva temples in Kottiyoor, 60km from Kannur; the other being Ikkare Kottiyoor temple. Akkare Kottiyoor temple remains open only on the festival days while the other remains closed during the festival. The annual vaisakha celebration which last for 27 days commences during the month of May-June with a ritual of bringing a sword from Muthirikavu from nearby Thavinal village, to Akkare Kottiyoor temple. The festival begins with offering 'Neyyattam' (pouring of ghee) on the Swati Day in Edavam and ends with 'Thirukalasattu'. An important ritual during the festival is the 'Ilaneer Veppu' or submitting tender coconuts before the deity. On that special day, thousands of tender coconuts from different parts of Malabar are submitted here. The following day, the main priest of the temple, pours the collected coconut water on to the idol which is known as 'Elaneerattam'. As a part of the festival, a procession (Ezhunnallippu) is held with two elephants carrying the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. After the procession, the elephants are fed well (Aanayootu) and given a formal farewell. The elephants salute the deity and walk back accompanied by the beat of the percussion instruments while the devotees gather in large numbers to watch the spectacle.

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