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Kareepra Chirakkadavu Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Chirakkadavu Bhagavathi temple, also known as Kareepra Kuzhimatikkadu Chirakkadavu Bhagavathi temple, is located at Kareepra near Kottarakkara in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival coincides with the Kumbha Bharani day.

This is a small temple with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam, pond and shrines of upa devatas. The Bhagavathy murti in the temple is very old but the outer structures are new

The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali, homams and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms are part of the festival. Ezhunnallathu and vilakku are part of the annual festival.

The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.