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Palakkunnu Kazhakam Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Information – Festival

Palakkunnu Kazhakam Sri Bhagavathi temple is located at Palakunnu near Bekal in Kasaragod district, Kerala. This is a very popular temple in the region with a colorful gopuram. The annual festival in the temple is held on the Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbham month (February – March).

Goddess Bhagavathi is worshipped in two forms as Elder or Mootha Bhagavathi (Goddess Durga) and Younger or Elaya Bhagavathi (Goddess Saraswathi). Vishnumoorthi, Ghantakarna and Dhandan Devan are the upa devatas worshipped in the temple.

The sparkling fireworks and competitive colorful procession from different areas are the highlights of the annual festival. Poorakkali is performed on everyday of the poora mahotsavam festival by the Poorakkali Panikker. Renounced masters of perform Marathukali in a competitive manner during the annual event.

Kalamkanippu Mahotsavam, which is a slightly different version of Pongala festival, is held twice a year. It is performed once in Dhanu Masam and another in Makaram month. For the ritual women bring rice, jiggery, coconut, rice powder and other articles in new pots to the temple. The sweet prasadam is then prepared by trained persons in the temple ground and is offered to Bhagavathi. The offering is later returned to the women in their respective pots.

Thengayeru, Navratri and Thrikarthika are the important festivals observed in the temple.