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Karakulam Pathiyanadu Bhadrakali Temple – Festival

Karakulam Pathiyanadu Bhadrakali temple is located at Mullassery near Karakulam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple is held on Kumbha Bharani day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The thrikkalyanam of Bhagavathy is held on the next day.

Thirumudi of Bhagavathy is worshipped in the temple and the sreekovil faces north. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Mantra Moorthy, Navagraha, Madan Thampuran and Nagaraja.

The annual festival is held every year and once in three years Dikkubali Mahotsavam and Paranettu Mahotsavam held on every six years. All these festivals are held on the Kumbha Bharani day.

Swayamvara Parvati Puja is held on the third day of the annual festival. Grihalakshmi Pooja, Balithooval,  Sarpabali, kalamkaval,  and Graha Dosha Nivarana Pooja are held in the temple during the annual festival. Kuthiyottam is another major ritual here.

In the Dikkubali Mahotsavam held in once in three years. Pathiyanadu Bhadrakali Devi searches for demon Darika on all four directions before annihilating him. Kalam kaval and Gurusi takes place on all the four directions.

In the Paranettu Mahotsavam held once in six years, Devi fights with Demon Darikan in sky. The fight is enacted on a specially erected stage made about 100 feet high and is conducted at night. Nilathil Poru marks the culmination of the festival; the demon asks for forgiveness to Devi before he is annihilated.

The annual pongala ritual in the temple is held on Punartham nakshatra in Kumbha Masam.

The annual festival culminates with Arattu. During Arattu the utsava murti of Bhagavathy is cleaned using water collected in 101 pots. Aaraattu is conducted at Pathiyanadu Ambalakkadavu. Girls below ten years of age, along with chief priest perform the function.