Daily procession (pradakshanam) of the image of Sivali during bali puja, Siva Temple, Tirupalathur, Palghat Taluk
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a group of temple musicians and other worshippers outside the Shiva Temple at Tirupallathurai (Thirupallathoor), near Palakkad (Palghat), Kerala, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India on the 1st February 1901. In the second volume of his work 'Malabar' of 1887, William Logan wrote about this temple, "Tripalur - In Vateketara amsam. Dedicated to Siva. Tiled. 532 feet in extent ." The temple culture in Kerala is based on Vedic rituals and it has maintained ancient practices of worship. The deity, when taken on the daily circumambulatory procession (Shribali pradakshinam) is accompanied by a temple servant carrying a lamp, temple musicians playing on instruments and the head priest, who makes offerings of water and rice along the route on 'balikallu', offering-stones. The deity taken on procession is a smaller version of the image in the main sanctuary.