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Valliyamkavu Devi Temple Info - History - Festival

Valliyamkavu Devi temple is located at Peruvanthanam village in Idukki district, Kerala. The shrine is around 18 km from Mundakayam on the Kottayam – Kumily road. The main festival in the temple is observed on Aswathy and Bharani nakshatra in Meenam month.

The Prathishta dinam in the temple is annually observed on July 8.

On every first Tuesday and Friday of a month, Naranga Vilakku is offered.

Aishwarya Puja is performed on all last Friday of a month

The main murti worshipped in the temple is Vana Devata. The Goddess is the important deity of Malarayar (tribes of the area). The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Kalayakshi, Karinguttiyan, Nagam, Shiva, Cheruvally Bhagavathy and Bhadrakali.

The belief is that Pandavas resided at Panchalimedu near the temple and when they left they gave the murti they were worshipping daily to Malarayar (tribes of the area). The consecrated the murti at Valliyamkavu.

There is another belief that Devi from Panchalimedu swung on the climbers on trees and reached Valliyamkavu.

It is said that the temple area was in the control of Vanjipuzha Madam in ancient times. They gave 22 acres of forest area to Malayara Moopan – the elder member of the tribe – to build a shrine.

Travancore Devaswom Board took over the shrine after the death of Kandan Konthi who was the Malarayara Moopan.

The shrine is famous for a ritual known as Kozhi Parappikkal (flying of roosters). People possessed with ghosts and other unknown beings find cure here. The temple became famous after people found relief from Shatru Dosham (enemy related problems), Samaya dosham, Duritham, Apasmaram, Bada, diseases and horoscope related problems.

Guruthi is performed after the last puja of the day (Athazha Puja).

Durga Ashtami, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday are important days in the temple.