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Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple History - Upa Devatas - Festival

Sree Vallabha Temple is a very popular temple in Kerala and is located near Thiruvalla in Kerala. Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha temple festival ends with Arattu. The annual 10-day festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbha month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. It is observed in such a manner that the festival ends on Pooyam nakshatra in Kumbham month. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. 

Kathakali is an important event during the festival as the deity in the temple is known as Kathakali Priyan.

The shrine is one among the 108 Divya Desams or Vaishnava Tirupati. 

The main deity worshipped in the temple are Sri Vallabha and Sudarshana Murti. Sri Vallabha form of Vishnu faces east and Sudarshan Murti faces west. 

The Upa Devatas in the temple are Varaha Dakshinamurthy, Vadakkum Thevar, Sastha, Garudan, Ganapathy, Kurayappan, Ayal Yakshi and Maya Yakshi.

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 temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

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.

The shrine observes Uthra Sheeveli on Uthram nakshatra day in Meena Masam.

The shrine is around 2 km from Thiruvalla town and is off the Thiruvalla – Mavelikara road.