Kallitta Thirunal at Piravam Valiya pally - Anchekalum Koppum
- "Kallitta Thirunal" or Foundation Thirunal is celebrated at the Piravom Church with traditional rituals. It is on 8th October (Kanni 23). It is believed that the Holy Kings on their return from Bethlehem began construction of the church building on this day.
The scepter of the Holy Kings is revered in celebrations only on this day. The descendants of the servants (dependents) of the Holy Kings (Piravathu Rajakkal) are honored with presents on this day. `Chalassery Panickar' is honored with "Anchekalum Koppum" (5 1/4 idengazhi rice, coconut, pumkin, yam, and banana, one bundle of `pappad', betel leaf and arecanuts) All these are arranged in a beautiful new basket and placed on a table. The function of presenting the "Anchekalum koppum" to the Chalassery Panickar is held from the very inception of the church. This seems to be the honour bestowed on him as he was the then commander-in-chief of the Holy Kings. The senior most of the nobles of the Chalassery Tharavadu reach the church on this day every year without fail and receive the present after paying homage to the Rajakkal, and the celebrations come to a close.
Report from Mathrubhumi