Elephant feeding at Akkare Kottiyoor temple
At Akkare Kottiyoor temple, the deity is believed to be a Swayambhoo Lingam (self-originated idol of Lord Shiva). There is no formal structure of a temple here. The image is seated on a Thara (ground), formed by small heap of stones, called Manithara.
A ritual of carrying the idols atop elephants is held as part of the twenty- seven day long festival that falls during May- June.
Feeding elephants is considered auspicious. Devotees feed the pachyderms with balls of rice and plantain fruits.