Chottanikkara Makam is a highly auspicious day observed at the famous
in Kerala. Chottanikkara Makam 2016 date is February 23. It is observed on the day when Makam or Magham Nakshatram falls in the Malayalam Month Kumbham. This temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti and attracts thousands of devotees daily. Women devotees arrive in large numbers on the Makam Thozhal day and are given preference at the temple. Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple
On the Chottanikkara Makam day, the Murti of Goddess is taken out on a ritualistic bath. From there the Goddess Bhagavathy is accompanied by Lord Shastha and eleven caparisoned elephants to the open ground known as Pooraparambu – she stays there till noon.
After this the Goddess returns to her Sanctum Sanctorum and appears later on the day for the famous Makam Darshanam or Makam Thozhal. The Goddess appears in full splendor fully adorned with jewels. It is believed that prayers offered at this period will be fulfilled.
Attukala Pongala which witnesses the largest congregation of women in the world takes place at the
Attukal Temple in the capital city of . Kerala during the same period - mostly a day later or on the same day as Chottanikkara Makam