Melkulangara Sree Karthikeyamangalam Temple is located in Kollam District in Kerala. It is around 11 km from Anchal. The pooyam festival in Makaram month attracts scores of devotees. Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple. Melkulangara Sree Karthikeyamangalam Temple Thaipooyam festival 2016 date is January 24.
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 devotees enter into trance during the Kavadiyattam.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.