Revathi Pattathanam to be held on Nov 11

via published on November 9, 2008

KOZHIKODE: Revathy Pattathanam, the annual debate by Vedic scholars, will be held at the Tali Mahadeva Temple here on November 11.

Reputed religious scholars from all parts of the state are expected to participate in the event patronised by the Kozhikode Zamorin, Revathi Pattathanam Samithi Secretary P K Krishnanunni Raja told reporters here yesterday.

City Mayor M Bhaskaran would inaugurate the function.

The scholar to be adjudged as the best would be honoured by presenting a ”panakkizhi” (purse) by Zomorin P K Sree Manavedan Raja after the ritual.

Special pujas including `murajapam’ in three Vedas, `Udayasthamana puja’ for Tali `Mahadevan’ and Lord Sri Krishna `navakom’ for `Ugra Narasimhamoorthi’ and a religious procession would also be held prior to the beginning of the scholarly debate, he said.

Two awards instituted by the Samithi — Krishnageethi Puraskaram for best collection of poems and outstanding temple artist puraskaram — would be presented to Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri and P Damodaran Nair respectively at the valedictory function in the evening.

The awards carry Rs 5,001 each, citation and plaque.

Cultural programmes, including ‘Kathakali’ (dance drama), would also be staged as part of the programme.

From Wikipedia

Revathi Pattathanam is an annual assembly of scholars held since ancient times at Kozhikode in Kerala, India. Traditionally a seven day event, the festival used to be held under the patronage of the Zamorin of Kozhikode. The prime event of the assembly, is the conferring of the title Bhatta along with a panakizhi (purse of money) to selected scholars. The word Pattadhanam is derived from Bhattadanam, which in Malayalam means “awarding of the Bhatta”. The assembly used to begin on the day of the Revathi asterism, and hence the title Revathi Pattathanam.

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