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Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathi Temple – History – Facts

Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathi temple is located at Neelamperoor in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Karthiyayini. The temple is famous for the annual festival known as Neelamperoor Padayani.

The darshanam of Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathi is towards north. The Sankalpam of the murti worshipped here is that of Kannadi Nokki Tilkamidunna Durga – Goddess Durga who is looking at the mirror and applying tilak on forehead. The vigraham of Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum is made of Panchaloha. Karanma shanti is of Kuricchi Vennumana Madom.

It is said that Pallibana Perumal attained Samadhi here. A panchaloha vigraham of Perumal is shown to devotees during the Pooram padayani.

The famous 16-day Neelamperoor Padayani begins on Avittam nakshatra in Chingam month (August – September).

The festival is also famous for Kettukazhcha. Swan or Annam is the main pageantry during the Kettukazcha. Annam Kettukazhcha is only held in this temple and it is said that the temple used have swan of the height of 28.5 kol for Kettukazcha.

A nine-day festival beginning on Kartika nakshatra with kodiyettam and ending with arattu on Pooram nakshatra is also held in the temple.

As per history, the temple originally belonged to Thekkumkoor kingdom. When Thekkumkoor kingdom merged with Travancore, the shrine came under the control of King Marthanda Varma. The king gave the management of the temple to Palliyil Menon.

Later the temple belonged to Alappuram, Kunnakkad, Kollapally and Puranadu families. Now, the temple is managed by an elected committee of local people.