Kadakkal Devi Temple Thiruvathira festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is located around 12 km from Kilimanoor. Kadakkal Thiruvathira Utsavam 2017 date is March 7. Kuthira Ezhunnallathu is the major highlight of the festival.
Three traditionally crafted gigantic pageants known as Kuthira is carried by devotees on shoulders to the shrine.
Apart from this various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.