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Ariyittu Vaazhcha at Thiruvarattukavu Devi Temple in Attingal in Kerala

Ariyittu Vaazhcha is a unique ritual observed at the Thiruvarattukavu Devi Temple in Attingal. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The festival is observed on the ninth day of Makaram month. Attingal Ariyittu Vaazhcha 2016 date is January 23. Thiruvarattukavu Devi temple is located at Kizhakkupuram and is around 4 km from Attingal town.

The annual festival at Thiruvaarattukavu Devi Temple begins on Makaram 1 and continues for 10 days.

On the 10th day Valiyavilakku is observed.

The members of the Travancore royal family perform the Ariyittuvaazhcha ritual on the 9th day of Makaram month. Before the ceremony, the royal family members escort the deity atop a caparisoned elephant.

The priest who officiate the ritual comes from Kattumadam Mana in North Kerala.

On the day evening, the sword of Goddess Bhagavathy is installed on a platform. The priest from Kattumadam Mana invokes the deity worshiped in the temple on the sword.

Rice is offered to the deity invoked on the sword. The current head of the Travancore family then touches the offered rice.

The rice is then taken to the sanctum sanctorum and it is showered on the murti of Mother Goddess.

Few grains from the ritual are sprinkled on the head of Travancore Royal Family.

Valiyavilakku festival is observed on the next day. This marks the end of the annual festival.