||‘Dasamam’ Koothu is traditionally
performed near the cremation ground (chudala) during the
rites following the death of an Akkithiripad (one who
presides over the ritual Athiraathram). Hence, it is
also known as ‘Chudalakoothu.’ Certain conditions have
to be met for this koothu to be performed. The
Akkithiripad had to be from the Aswalayana sect, his
wife had to be alive and the death had to be natural.
The rare chance of all these conditions being met adds
to the rarity of the performance. Ancient manuscripts
owned by the Panthal family at Rappal, Thrissur
district, who are scholars and guides to various Vedic
rituals, refer to this koothu.
(‘Rare act’ by A. Sangameswaran, The Hindu Friday
Review, June 26, 2014)