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Velavoor Bhagavathy Temple – Festival Bharani Thookam

Velavoor Bhagavathy temple is located on Vembayam – Pirappancode Road at Velavoor in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The temple is famous for the festival held in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and it coincides with the famous Kumbha Bharani festival. Bharani Thookam is the most important event here and is known as Velavoor Thooka.

The deity worshipped in the temple is considered to be the sister of Attukal Bhagavathy.  The shrine has a two-tier sanctum – chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, nalambalam and shrines of upa devatas. The shrine is owned and managed by Mulappuzhaman Brahmaswam Trust.

The annual temple festival is famous for Garudan Thookkam.

The temple also observes Pongala festival.

The annual festival is famous for tantric rituals, pujas, homams, havan, pattu, Kerala performing arts, melam and small fair.

The shrine also observes Navratri with Ashtami, Navami and Vijayadashami, Ramayana Masam and Thrikarthika festival.