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Panayil Devi Temple – Festival

Panayil Devi temple is located on Kottarakkara – Sasthamcotta Road at Kottathala – Neduvathoor in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Durga Devi. Shiva is an important deity in the temple. Mahashivratri festival is an important occasion at Panayil Devi temple.

A unique aspect is that elephants are not allowed in the temple for pujas and festivals.

The temple has a chathura sreekovil with a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of Upa Devatas.

A unique offering in the temple is tying of red color silk cloth on the Peepal tree here. The thread is offered puja for 21 Sundays and then tied on the tree.

The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam. Pongala is an important offering at the shrine.

Huge effigies of ox – Kala is pulled to the temple on the occasion of the festival.