Padiyam Choorakadu Devi Temple Kartika Vela in Thrissur

Padiyam Choorakadu Devi Temple is located near Thrissur in Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi (Mother Goddess Shakti). The shrine is located at Padiyam and is around 20 km from Thrissur. The annual Vela held in the shrine is an important festival. Padiyam Choorakadu Devi Temple Kartika Vela 2016 date is January 19.

The festival is observed on Kartika Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

Caparisoned elephants are another attraction of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.

The utsava murti, or Thidambu, of Padiyam Choorakadu Devi is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.