Thaipooyam Festival at Raghunathapuram Subrahmanya Swamy Temple near Varkala

Raghunathapuram Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Raghunathapuram in Thiruvananthapuram and is near to Varkala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in Makaram Month at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Raghunathapuram Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2016 date is January 24.

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.

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.