Mathira Thiruvathira - Thalappoli Festival at Mathira Devi Temple near Palode in Kerala

Mathira Thiruvathira is observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Makaram month at the Mathira Devi Temple near Palode in Kerala. The shrine is located around 12 km from Palode. Mathira Thiruvathira Thalappoli festival 2016 date is January 22.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.

Thousands of people from nearby villages and towns arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.