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Thiroor Vadakurumba Kavu Temple – Vela Festival

Thiroor Vadakurumba Kavu temple is located at Thirur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual Vela festival at Vadakurumba kavu begins on Revathi nakshatra is the most important festival in the temple and is famous as Kumbha Vela. Kumbha Bharani (February - March) is an important festival day in the shrine.

As per history, the murti of Goddess was initially placed under a tree and was known as Padaparambakavu. It is said that the murti belonged to Zamorin of Kozhikode and he used to carrying it with him and worship it before going to war with neighboring kingdoms. It was once placed at Vadakurumba Kavu for puja and the Zamorin won the war and the murti was never moved from the spot.

A sreekovil and mukhamandapam was constructed by the Zamorin. The temple was ransacked by the Mysore Muslim rulers. The villagers rebuilt the shrine in 1850.

The annual first day celebration (Revathi Vela) is by either Thiroor or Pottore Desam. The second day's festival (Aswathi Vela)is by Kolazhy Desam. Third day's festival (Bharani Vela) by Mulankunnathukavu Desam. Kalam Pattu is performed on all days of the festival. The annual festival also includes ezhunnallathu and caparisoned elephants.

The shrine also conducts a unique festival known as buffalo race, Mandalakalam with Ayyappa Vilakku, Ramayana masam and Navratri with Vidyarambham.

The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda Masam (April - May).