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Chelakkara Anthimahakalan Kavu Temple – History – Kala Vela Festival

Chelakkara Anthimahakalan Kavu temple is located at Chelakkara in Thrissur district, Kerala. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Anthimahakalan (Shiva) and Goddess Bhadrakali. The darshanam of Chelakkara Anthimahakalan Kavu is towards east. The famous Chelakkara Anthimahakalan Kavu kala vela festival begins on the first Saturday of Meenam month (Mid March).

The dharu bimbam or murti of Anthimahakalan wears pashupatastra and is in the form of forest dweller (Kattala Roopam). The murti of Goddess Bhadrakali is kannadi shila prathishta.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple is Nagaraja.

The annual festival in the temple is the Anthimahakalan Kavu Vela. The festival begins on the first Saturday in the Malayalam month of Meenam (Mid March) and ends on the next Saturday.

The most important ritual of the Anthimahakalan Kavu is the Goddess Kali – Demon Darika debate which is followed by Kaala Vela. Both the debate and Kaala Vela, the procession of huge effigies of oxen, is conducted early morning.

Kalam Pattu is also held during the festival, the figures of Kali, Darika and Koyma are drawn in the Kalam. 

The popular belief is that the Anthimahakalan is the Shiva Chaithanyam that arrived here from Kodungallur. The prathishta of Goddess Bhadrakali was done later (avahichu kondu varika).

The main offering or Vazhipadu in the temple is Chandi Payasam which is in liquid as extra water is added in the preparation.

As per history, the temple belonged to Nambidi.