Kuppana Sree Velayudha Mangalam is located near Anchalummoodu in Kollam. The temple is around 10 km from Kollam. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts thousands of devotees. Kuppana Sree Velayudhamangalam Thaipooyam Festival 2016 date is January 24, Sunday.
Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.
Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.
Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.
Melam, caparisoned elephants, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.