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Ponkuzhi Sree Rama Temple – Festival - Thira - Vavu Bali

Ponkuzhi Sree Rama temple is located at Ponkuzhy on the Sulthan Bathery-Mysore road in Wayanad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month (February) with flag hoisting or kodiyettam. The festival is famous of Thira ritual held on the night of Kumbha 8 (February 20 or 21).

The shrine observes the annual Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Pitru Tarpanam on the Vavu or Amavasya day in Karkidakam month. Hundreds of people arrive at shrine and offer various rituals to ancestors. Special arrangements are made by temple management for Bali Tharpanam throughout the year especially during Vavu (no moon day or Amavasya).

The shrine on the banks of Ponkuzhi River is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Rama. Goddess Sita Devi temple faces the Rama temple. Both the shrines are split by the main road. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Lakshmana and Hanuman. The other upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Dakshinamurti, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Ayyappa, Goshala Krishna.

This is a traditional Kerala style temple. It is believed that the water in the temple pond are the tears of Mata Sita.

The main offering to Sri Rama is Venna or butter and to Goddess Sita is Raktha Pushpanjali.

The annual festival is famous for melam, temple folk art forms and arattu.

The other important dates in the temple include Sri Rama Navami in Meena Masam and Ramayana Masam.

The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam.