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Kodungallur Bharani Festival
The festival famed as Kodungallur Bharani Festival of Kodungallur Bhagavati temple is one of the grandest festivals in Kerala. It is the month of festivities from the Bharani asterism in the month of Kumbham to 7 days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Meenam.
It normally falls between the months of March and April. The festival usually starts with the ritual called ‘Kozhikkallu moodal’ which involves the sacrifice of cocks and shedding of their blood, which forms an important feature of this temple.
The members of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple are allowed to participate in this ritual. It is to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who take delight in blood offerings.