Thousands of devotees thronged the Chottanikkara Devi Temple to get a glimpse of ‘Goddess Shakti’ on the auspicious occasion of ‘Makam Thozhal’ on Saturday.
The sanctum sanctorum was opened for ‘Makam Darsanam’ to the devotees from 2 pm to 8.30 pm.
Devotees began arriving at the temple in early morning. According to Chottanikkara Dewaswom members, over one lakh people visited the temple. A number of celebrities also attended the ritual, including filmmakers Sandhya Mohan and Major Ravi, singer Madhu Balakrishnan, cricketer S Sreesanth and his wife Bhuwneswari Kumari, and Sreelekha IPS.
In the morning, ‘Ezhunellipu’ to Onakkuttychira for the ritualistic bath of ‘Devi’ and Lord Sastha was held. Following this, the deities were taken to the temple ground on eleven caparisoned elephants accompanied by the traditional percussion band.
The ceremony continued till noon. The temple committee members distributed water and snacks to the devotees. The Health Department rendered its service to make special arrangements for the devotees. The police and Dewaswom authorities made elaborate security arrangements in and around the temple precincts. A team of 650 police personnel from various police stations in central Kerala were deployed for the occasion. Piravom Circle Inspector Emmanuel Paul led the team. As many as 50 CCTV cameras were also installed in and around the temple.