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Chottanikkara Makam 2025 date – Makam Thozhal at Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala

Chottanikkara Makam is a highly auspicious day observed at the famous Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala. Chottanikkara Makam 2025 date is March 12. It is observed on the day when Makam or Magham Nakshatram falls in the Malayalam Month Kumbham. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and attracts thousands of devotees daily. Women devotees arrive in large numbers on the Makam Thozhal day and are given preference at the temple.

On the Chottanikkara Makam day, the Murti of Goddess is taken out on a ritualistic bath. From there the Goddess Bhagavathi is accompanied by Dharma Sastha and eleven caparisoned elephants to the open ground known as Poora Parambu – she stays there till noon. Traditional temple melam - Panchavadyam or Pandi melam takes place here.

After this the Goddess returns to her Sanctum Sanctorum and appears later on the day for the famous Makam Darshanam or Makam Thozhal. The Goddess appears in full splendor fully adorned with jewels. It is believed that prayers offered at this period will be fulfilled. This is a breathtaking form of Mother Goddess Shakti. Tears roll down from the eyes of devotees when they witness this form of Goddess which is beyond words.

Chottanikkara Temple is located near Cochin and is about 20 km from Ernakulam Railway Station.

Attukal Pongala which witnesses the largest congregation of women in the world takes place at the Attukal Temple in the capital city of Kerala during the same period - mostly a day later or on the same day as Chottanikkara Makam.

Makam Thozhal at Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala

Chottanikkara Pooram and Annual Festival

The annual festival at the Chottanikkara Temple is observed for seven days in Kumbham month. Chottanikkara Pooram is an important date during the festival. 

On the pooram nakshatra day in Kumbham month, the famous Pooram ezhunnellippu is observed. 

The ritual involves the carry of utsava murti atop an elephant. Total 7 elephants participate in the Pooram ezhunnellippu observed  in the morning and at night.

The pooram rituals are held the day after the famous Chottanikkara Makam ritual.

The festival ends on the next day (Uthram Nakshatram) day.