I had heard from my grandparents that the temple held a very interesting history of events that apparently did not involve the 'higher caste' population. Legend has it that Devi Badrakali, after destroying the demon Darika, was calmed down by the very famous 'BharaniPattu' - erotic songs with lyrics that are abuses and profanities. Yes, the primary offering to Kodungallur Amma are hymns which are profane, and absolute erotica is displayed with a fierce spirituality. Some say that it is related to the story of Kannaki of Silappathikaram who burned down a city with her fury, when her husband was wrongly convicted and killed for a crime he did not commit. Before the Kaavu Theendal ritual began.
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Weather Kerala Elections. This story is from April 10, He lighted a beedi and continued singing aloud the famous bharanipattu thaanaaro, thannaaaroo. A group of youth in a mini bus revving alongside too joined the loud singing inviting smiles from passers-by. No one, not even the traffic warden on duty, had any complaint. They come from all parts of Kerala. Most of them accompanied a village oracle to the kavu theendal. From each vehicle parked on the service road of Kodungallur bypass, oracles emerged in their striking red attire and heavy brass anklets.
To the rhythmic jingling of a hundred bells on the waist belt, they moved to the temple grounds. From either side of the road, newer saner versions of the thaanaaro song blared out. But they were all paeans tailored to fit the main composition.
They claimed it was to cleanse the temple of impure practices. We have grown up listening to it and enjoy it as an annual satire on tight-lipped religiosity that envelops our temples, he says. It only reflects sex and life as we experience it. And certain words were not considered as swear words in the days when these songs were made. Our singing is part of that.
And why should anyone be bothered? Here, at least, this is sung as part of a ritual, says Vinod. But that was when Kerala had bars. Navbharat Times. Featured Today in Travel.
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