Chirakkal Kovilakam (Ariyittu Vaazicha Kovilakam)

Chirakkal Kovilakam (Ariyittu Vaazicha Kovilakam)

In Malayalam, ‘Ariyittu Vaazicha’ means sacred royal coronation ceremony. Ariyittu Vaazicha Kovilakam is the palace where the coronation ceremony of the kings of Kochi was conducted. The ceremonial dresses and paraphernalia for the ceremony is kept in this palace as well. These were originally brought from Perupadappu, in Malappuram, the original base of the Kochi royal family, officially referred to as ‘Perumpadappu Swaroopam’. ‘Chirakkal Kovilakam’ is another name for the Ariyittu Vaazicha Kovilakam. After the coronation ceremony, the new King visits the Chirakkal Bhagavathy Temple nearby, the traditional centre for worship for the members of the royal family. The new king then proceeds to the palace at Mattancherry.