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Pandalam Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple Padayani festival and Adavi Ritual

Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala. The 13-day annual Padayani festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Chooral Adavi ritual is held on the 9th day of the festival. In 2016, Adavi ritual will be held on February 26.

Chooral Adavi symbolically represents Narabali ritual or human sacrifice.

In the ritual, devotees roll on the ground in front of the temple with thorny canes wrapped around their bodies.

Naayattu Padyani, Kalam Kolam and Bhairavi Kolam are part of the padayani festival here.

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