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Kavutheendal ceremony

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  • March 28, 2020
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Kavutheendal ceremony

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Art and Culture

In News: 

  • Kavutheendal ceremony, a part of the Meena Bharani festival, was recently performed at Sri Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala. 

Key takeaways:

  • The ceremony usually sees huge number of devotees. 
  • Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, the ceremony was performed by a representative of the Velan community, without the presence of any devotee. 

Important value additions:

Kavutheendal ritual

  • It is considered as the largest congregation of oracles in the world. 
  • This ritual is based on the notions of purity/impurity inherent in Brahminical Hinduism.

Velan community

  • The community belongs to scheduled caste that lives mainly in Kerala. 

Sri Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple

  • It is a Hindu temple at Kodungallur of Kerala state in India. 
  • It is dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali, a form of Maha Kali worshipped in Kerala. 
Kavutheendal ceremony

Kavutheendal ceremony

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodungallur_Bhagavathy_Temple

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