The people who throng to Pachalloor Sree Bhadrakaali Temple for centuries to take part in ‘Nercha Thookkam’ are devotees of Bhadrakaali. There is no division along caste and religious lines here. People from all religions participate in the ‘Nercha Thookkam’ on the same ‘bow’ (Thookka Villu). Even during the early days when class and caste divisions were deep rooted in the society, children from all castes and religions were safe in the hands of the ‘Devidaasar’ who would hang from the‘Thookkavillu’ which would go around the Temple.
Even centuries before the famous ‘Temple Entry Proclamation in 1937′, the fact that people from all cast and religions could enter the temple at the same time and participate in the ‘NerchaThookkam from the same ‘Thookka villu’ itself finds a place in history.
There are many unique features about the customs and pooja rites followed in this temple for years. The poojari (priest) is from the ‘Kolla’ community. The heavy rope for the ‘Nercha Thookka Villu’ comes from a family from the Ezhava community and the ‘Katcha’ comes from the ‘Mannar’ community. Carpenters from the ‘Aasari’community make the ‘Thookka villu’. The ‘Chanam’ is brought by a family from the ‘Araya’ community. The ‘Parikarmi’ are people from the ‘Thattaar’ community before whom ‘Panam’ (cash) is offered on the ‘Pallippalaka’ on the first day of festival. The drums (Chenda) accompanying Devi are played by people from ‘Paanar’ community and people mainly from the ‘Thandaar’ community are the Devidaasas.
When the human race distances itself by building boundaries in the name of caste and religion, people become members of one family in front of the ‘Boon-giver’Pachallooramma. They are devotees, children of Pachallooramma.