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Thalavady Panayannurkavu Devi Temple – Festival

Thalavady Panayannurkavu Devi temple is located on the banks of Pamba River at Thalavady in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Tripurasundari Bhagavathy. The shrine observes the annual festival of Kumbha Bharani in Kumbha Masam.

The temple practices the traditional Ruruchith way of poojas. This area of Alleppey in Kerala is called Kuttanad (“Chutta nadu"). A forest fire once burnt down the temple. Later Parasurama renovated it and Vasishta gave new Chaithanya to the deity with Moola mantras. Parashurama brought Brahmins from Bhadrachalam of Andhra to perform Vedic and Tantric poojas of the Tripurasundari and gave secret moola mantras to them. The same traditional mantras and poojas are still performed.

The annual festival in the shrine is famous for pujas, rituals, homams and annadanam. Several other festival rituals performed in Bhagavathy temples in South Kerala are performed here.