Thrikkarthika In The Month Of Vrischika
Thrikkarthika that falls in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam is an important day of the Temple. This day became famous after a surprising incident that took place in 1851. A Friday of 1981.3.30 am in the early morning. Some devotees had gathered to have the “Nirmalya Darsanam”. Everyone was amazed to see rings of perfumed smoke all around. Rare glow of light was seen in front of the temple. Nobody could discern what was happening. As the priest opened the temple, everyone was spell bound. All the lamps inside were alive with a unique touch of brilliance. The idol of the Goddess decked with ornaments and bathed in Kumkum seemed extra ordinarily large. A touch of super human feeling pervaded the whole atmosphere. This unparalleled scene of magic, everything was changed and the sanctum sanctorum was normal as everyday. People were happily embarrassed as to say. They forgot their material existence and stood motionless except that all the lips were chanting the names of the Goddess.
Spiritual consultation was done about this peculiar phenomenon. It way understood that this day was specially liked by the Goddess and that her powers were at its peak. The Thrikkarthika day thus turned out to be very auspicious for worshipping Chakkulathamma.On this day there are special rituals like Divyabhishekam, Pongala, Kindling the Karthika Pillar, Lakhadeepam and Athazhapooja. Lakhs of pilgrims from different corners reach the temple on this day.
Divyabhishekam is a ritual which is perhaps singularly peculiar to this temple. The idol is coated with oil. Milk, Tender coconut, rose water, tamarind and Kumkum are then poured over the idol. The main doors are closed for Deeparadhana. The idol is decorated. The doors are opened to serve as a heavenly sight for the multitude. Deeparadhan is done. It is believed that anyone who witnesses this ritual is liberated from the evils and bondages of life.
A tall arecanut tree is erected for this purpose. Plantain, straw and similar items are wound over the pillar. This pillar is symbolic of all evils. As dawn blooms, the Goddess is respectfully invoked and seated east wise in front of the temple. The pillar is given fire now. Wild flames seem to reach the sky. Finally the flames subside. The principle is that all the badness is given to flames thereby paving way for all goodness to emerge. Immediately after the burning of the pillar, a number of gentle flames are seen coming alive from the small clay dishes arranged all around. This is the Lakhadeepam or lakh of flames. People kindles the small clay dishes which contain oil and cotton thread. It is a sight of sights to see the whole temple surroundings immersed and illuminated by active flames. This ritual again has a symbolic moral that goodness ultimately dominates badness. The yellow flames dispel all layers of ignorance from the human minds and equip them with real knowledge.
The goddess is then invoked back to the temple. Deeparadhan is then performed.