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Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Temple – Thalappoli Festival - History

Nayarambalam Bhagavathy temple is located at Nayarambalam near Vypin in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The temple is famous for the Thalappoli festival held in Makaram month (January – February). Kumbha Bharani is another important festival in the temple.

This is a typical Kerala temple following all the basic temple architecture one finds in Kerala. The temple has a square sanctum sanctorum (chathura sreekovil) and it is complete with chuttambalam, vilakku, kodimaram and small areas for upa devatas.

The origin of the temple is traced back to the 15th century CE. As per local history, temple was owned by a Brahmin family and when they left the place the ownership of the temple was handed over to some noble Nair families. Historical evidence also show that the temple was governed by four Nair families till 1915 A.D.

The temple is governed and maintained by Nayarambalam Nair Karayogam established by devotees in 1925 CE.

The main festival of the temple is Thalappoli Mahotsavam which falls on every Makaram 20. The festival is celebrated for six days and concludes on Makaram 20. In the thalappoli ritual girls and women carry oil lamps in their hands. The festival also includes caparisoned elephants, panchari melam, and procession and temple folk arts.