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Vayalkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Vayalkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathi temple is located at Vayalkara near Kunnukara in Ernakulam district, Kerala. This ancient powerful Hindu temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy. The annual Kumbha Bharani day festival (February – March) is famous for Thalappoli and Mudiyettu.

The main deity here is Goddess Bhadrakali and she is worshipped in chathura sreekovil. The shrine has nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine include Ganapathy, Mahadeva and Ayyappa or Sastha.

The annual festival is famous for Tantric pujas and rituals. Performing arts of temples in Kerala are part of the festival.

Thrikarthika in Vrischika Masam and Navratri in Thula Masam are observed in the shrine.