Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival

Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Melampara in Kottayam District, Kerala. The shrine is around 45 km from Pathanamthitta and 35 km from Arpookkara. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival 2016 date is January 21.

An important ritual during the festival period is the procession from Kaippallikkavu Sree Bhadrakali Temple to Melampara Temple.

During the period the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the final day for Arattu. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness the ritual.

The annual festival is also noted for various other rituals too. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.