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Velur Manimalarkavu Temple – Kumbha Bharani Festival

Velur Manimalarkavu temple is located at Veloor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival is famous as Manimalarkavu Pooram.

Bhagavathy is here worshipped in a roofless sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. There are also shrines of upa devatas in the vast ground of the temple.

Manimalarkavu temple was one of the 18 royal temples (Pathinettara Kavu) of erstwhile Kochi kingdom.

The annual festival is famous for the pulling of effigies of horses known as Kuthira Vela. Melam and other Kerala performing arts are part of the annual festival. Karimkali and velichappadu are part of the festival.