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Vayalar Nagamkulangara Temple – Festival

Vayalar Nagamkulangara temple, also known as Nagam Kulangara Mahadeva temple, is located at Vayalar in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva and Nagas (Serpents). The annual Shivratri festival in Malayalam Kumbha Masam, which falls in the first fortnight of March or the last week of February, is of great importance in the temple. Ayilyam nakshatra in Malayalam months is another major occasion in the temple.

The temple has a small Shivling in the chathura sreekovil. There is a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, flag mast or kodimaram, temple pond and shrines of upa devatas. The temple is surrounded three groves or kavus.

Annual Shivratri festival is noted for abhishekam, dhara, pushpanjali and homams. A fair is held in the temple premises during Shivratri festival.

Pradosham, Ramayana Masam, Vrischika Masam, Thrikarthika and Thiruvathira in Dhanu masam are of importance in the shrine.

An important offering in the temple is Pulluvan Pattu. It is sung by a special community called Pulluvars. There are some Pulluva families adjacent to this temple engaged in this hereditary profession.

The annual festival in the temple is famous for ezhunnallathu atop caparisoned elephants, procession, and Kerala temple folk arts.

Pathamudayam, on April 23 (10th day of Medam month), is an important festival in the temple.