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Kozhuvalloor Devi Temple – Venmony – Festival - Information

Kozhuvalloor Devi temple is located at Venmony, around 7 km northwest of Pandalam, in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The famous annual festival in the temple is observed on the Karthika nakshatra day in Kumbham month.

The annual festival is famous for Kettukazhcha and Kuthira in the evening. The highlight of the Kumbha Karthika festival is the display of huge decorated forms of temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras.’ Therus (Chariots) and other small such traditional temple effigies complete the Kettukazhcha which is a visual spectacle which attracts people from different parts of the region. Children too bring small kuthiras to the festival.

The arrival of the kuthiras along with traditional temple music creates a magical and surreal atmosphere which enthralls the devotees. Kavadiyattam is held during the afternoon on the day.

Kuthira Moottil kanji, a rice gruel, served with a dish made with muthira (horse gram), asthram (a mixed vegetable dish with tubers and coconut gravy), pickle and pappadam, is a highlight of the festival.

The annual Parayezhunellippu is held in Makaram month (January - February).

The temple has a separate area dedicated to worship of Nagas.

Neyyabhishekam for Ayyappa is held on Makaravilakku day. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is held on Makara Bharani day. Meena Bharani (March - April) is another important festival date. Maha Shivratri is another important festival in the temple. Vishu Kani darshanam on Vishu day is of importance here.

The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava Masam (May - June).