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Karalam Kumaranchira Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Karalam Kumaranchira Bhagavathy temple is located at Karalam on the banks of Karuvannur River in Thrissur District, Kerala. This is one of the pathinettara kavu (18.5 kavu temples) of ancient Kochi kingdom. Shiva, Goddess Parvathi and Bhadrakali are worshipped here. The shrine observes the annual Kumbha Bharani festival with great fanfare.

The sankalpam of Bhagavathy is that of Ugra swaroopini.

The shrine is famous for the Para - an annual ritual where the almighty's divine representative "velichappadu" visit the homes of devotees to assure their well being and to suggest correctional measures if needed so.

Kumbha bharani is the main festival and is spread over four days Revathi vilakku, Aswathy vela, Bharani and Karthika vela. Ezhunellippu, caparisoned elephants, various temple performing arts are part of the annual festival.

The temple is like any other Kerala temple and has a square sanctum, shrines of upa devatas, nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and temple pond.