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Udayarkunnu Bhagavathi Temple – Arakurussi – Mannarkkad – History - Festival

Udayarkunnu Bhagavathi temple is located at Arakurussi in Mannarkkad, Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The belief is that Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy is the sister of Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Shiva, Bhadrakali and Ayyappa.

As per history the temple belonged to Mannarkkad Moopil Nair who was the commander in chief of Valluvanad king.

The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month. Purappadu is held on Makayiram nakshatra in Kumbham month. Cheriya arattu is held on the sixth day of the festival. Valiya Arattu is held in Kunthipuzha on the seventh day. Chetti Vela and Nagara Pradakshinam are held on the 8th day of the festival. This pradakshinam is also known as 21 pradakshinam. A very special ritual known as Pootanthira is held during the festival and this attracts thousands of people.

The annual uruvalathu is held in Dhanu Masam.

The annual Prathishta dinam is held in Kumbha Masam.