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Kanichukulangara Utsavam - Annual Festival at Kanichukulangara Devi Temple

Kanichukulangara Devi Temple is located around 9 km from Cherthala and 18 km from Alappuzha. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The 21-day utsavam or annual temple festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. 

The festival begins on the Bharani Nakshatra in Kumbham month and ends on Thiruvonam nakshatra.

The Padayani is observed on Pooradam nakshatra. Vela Kali is observed on Uthiram and Thiruvonam nakshatra. 

The deity worshipped in the temple is constructed with Dharun.

Thiri Pidutham is an important ritual observed during the 21-day festival. Another ritual observed during the festival period is Chikarayakhirittuka - this is done by children to get early solution to various illness in childhood. 

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

The annual pattum malayum charthal is held in Kumbham month.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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.