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Ayilyam Ootu in Kerala Temples

Ayilyam Ootu is observed on the Ayilyam Nakshatra day (Aslesha Nakshatra) in a traditional Malayalam month in temples in Kerala. The puja is dedicated to Nagas or Snakes.

Nagas are propitiated on the day for curing skin diseases and for childbirth in the family.

It is also performed for removing various Naga Dosha.

The ritual is also known as Valliya Ayilyam.

The ritual is performed in all important Naga Temples and also in temples that have Nagas as important subsidiary deity.

Ayilyam Ootu is gaining popularity these days as many people are suffering from infertility and they find relief after performing the ritual.