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Kannambra Vela – Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Kavu Festival In Palakkad

Kannambra Vela is organized at the Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Kavu at Puthucode in Palakkad district. Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Kavu festival is organized on Edavam 10 or 11. The festival begins on Vishu and ends on the 41st day. The most important day is the last day of the festival.

Kannambra Vela is one of the biggest festivals in the region and is also known as Kannambra - Rishinarada Mangalam Vela. The festival is considered as the culmination of the summer festivals in Palakkad region. Two villages in the region compete with each other in the festival – Kannambra Desam and Rishinarada Mangalam Desam compete.

Both the villages stage processions toward the temple and is accompanied by more than half a dozen elephants. The procession is accompanied by traditional kerala music like panchari melam, nadaswaram, pandimelam, panchavadyam, and desa vadyam. The thidambu of Goddess is taken by the most important elephant who occupies the central position.

Another highlight of the Vela festival is the ‘Vaalum Chilambum Ezhunnallathu’ – this signals the arrival of goddess to bless the devotees. ‘Val’ means sword and ‘chilambu’ means anklet. The temple is also famous for noon time fireworks.

Kannambra Vela – Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Kavu Festival

The festival is also nicknamed as 'Chakka Vela' as the period of year is when the jackfruit ripens.

Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy is worshipped as Kodungallur Bhagavathy. The murti is dharu vigraham or made of wood. The deity worshipped here is nearly 6 feet tall.

It is believed that the Kodungallur Bhagavathy arrived here on the umbrella of the karnavar of Avel house. The prathishta was done in the spot where the umbrella was kept.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Thondan.




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