Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Annual Festival and Pongala

Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple is located at Parippally in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The temple festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Utsavam or Festival 2016 beginning date is February 26. Pongala is on February 26. The festival is famous for Paripally Gajamela (parading of nearly 50 elephants) it will be held on March 5, 2017.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. Pongala ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes with rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

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.