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Rayiranellur Mala Kayattam – Rayiranellur Malayil Bhagavathy Temple

Rayiranellur Mala Kayattam (ascent to the Rayiranellur Hill) is an annual ritual held on the first day of Malayalam Thula Masam (October – November). On this day thousands of people trek the Rayiranellur mountain and visit the Rayiranellur Malayil Bhagavathy temple. Rayiranellur Mala Kayattam 2024 date is October 17. The mala kayattam or climbing the mountain is undertaken in memory of 'Naranathu Branthan' of the 'Panthirukulam' having darshan of Goddess Bhagavathi atop the hill and also of him rolling a huge boulder up the hill and then dropping it down.

As per Hindu beliefs, Goddess Durga appeared before Naranath Brandhan (people considered him to be mad) and blessed him on the first day of Thulam. The popular belief around the region is that Goddess Durga will bless those who climb the hill on the day.

Naranathu Branthan rolled up big boulders to the peak of the hill every morning and would let it roll down by noon. It is believed that the action was done to symbolize the fate of people who hoard wealth and are full of desires and lust and foolishly believing that they are going to live forever. Just like the fate of the boulder, people after hoarding have to give it all up and embrace death.

As per another story, Goddess attempted to scare Naranathu Brandhan atop the hill. Naranathu Brandhan who had attained self realization could not be scared. Impressed with his knowledge, Goddess offered him a boon.

Naranathu Branthan asked Goddess to extend the time of his death by a day. She said it was not possible. He then asked if she could reduce his time of death by a day. She said this too was not possible.

Naranathu Branthan then asked the Filariasis disease on his left leg to be transferred to the right leg.

Rayiranellur Malayil Bhagavathy Temple is located in Naduvattam in on Koppam - Valancheri road in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM (Monday to Saturday). On Sunday, the shrine is open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM.