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Kurumpilavu Thiruvanikavu Devi Temple Chirakkal - Vela Festival - History Kurumbilavu

Thiruvanikavu Devi temple is located at Chirakkal Kurumpilavu on Kottam road in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The murti here is carved in wood – Dharu Vigraham. The darshanam of Kurumbilavu Thiruvanikavu Devi is towards west. The annual temple festival is held in Karthika nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and is famous as Kurumpilavu Thiruvanikkavu Karthika vela. The Aswathy Vela held two days earlier is also equally famous.

This is small but powerful Bhagavathi temple with shrines of upa devatas, chuttambalam, and namaskara mandapam. Bhagavathi is worshipped in a chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas here include Shiva, Ganapathy and Sastha.

The annual festival is famous for panchavadyam performance, ezhunnallathu of Devi and nine caparisoned elephants. Melam, Kerala performing art forms and other temple rituals held in Thrissur district are part of the annual festival.

The temple also observes Ramayana Masam, Thiruvathira, Thrikarthika and Mandalakalam.

The annual Pongala festival in the temple is held on Rohini Nakshatra in Meena Masam (March - April).

Another important festival observed in the temple is Kumbha Bharani (February – March).

Velichappadu has an important role in the temple. Prasadam is distributed by a person from Parayan community along with Velichappadu.

The temple is now managed by Chittoor Mana. Earlier a committee formed by local people was managing the temple but due to difference of opinion it was given to Chittoor Mana.