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Karad Vaira Mahakali Kavu Temple – Makara Chowa Festival

Karad Vaira Mahakali Kavu temple (വൈരമഹാകാളി ) , also known as Vairamahakali Kavu, is located at Karad – Vazhayur near Ramanattukara in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple is held on Makara Masam (January – February ). The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda Masam (April – May). The annual Makara Chowa festival is of great significance in the temple.

Makara Chovva is the first Tuesday in Makaram month and is of great significance in many temples in Kerala. Various rituals and pujas are performed on the day.

Karad Vaira Maha Kali Kavu is an ancient temple of Kerala. Sarpa Bali and Mahaguruthi are performed in Edava Masam.

The festival and pujas in the temple are based on Tantric Shakti rules. Thira, poothan, melam and other Bhagavathi temple rituals and festivities in Kozhikode region are performed in the temple.

Thila homam and Sayujya Pooja are performed on the Karkidaka Vavu Bali day.

The annual Pattu-Utsavam in Makara masam is noted for Kalampattu, ucchapattu, chuttuvilakku and guruthi.

Navratri is yet another important festival in the temple. The shrine is famous in the region for ezhuthiniruthu or Vijayadashami. Thrikarthika is another important date in the temple.