Ayilyam Nakshatram or birth star in Kumbha Masam as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala is of great significance at Memunda Madam Temple, which is famous for Nagaraja worship. On this day, special rituals and pujas dedicated to Snakes including Nagaraja and Nagayakshi are performed. The shrine is located at Memunda in near Vadakara, Kerala. Memunda Madam Temple Ayilyam Festival 2016 date is February 21.
The offerings made on the day include Noorum Pallum and Kadali Pazham. Special nagapuja and sarpabali are offered in the Naga shrine here.
It is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers to Nagas or Snakes on the day. It is believed that people get relief from Naga Doshas by performing pujas on the day.
Thousands of devotees arrive from various parts of Kerala to offer prayers at the temple.