Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Known for abusing the goddess during the festival. The abode of Goddess Bhadrakali, a gentler reincarnation of goddess Kali , the temple is witness to a seven-day, Bharani festival. Men and women wearing red apparel carry swords and swarm the temple running around in a trance-like state. They hit their heads with the swords and enter the temple hurling abuses and singing lewd songs about the goddess, with blood pouring. Offering are not offered gently, rather thrown at the goddess. The temple is closed for seven days post this to clean the blood stains.

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