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Nedumangad Ammankoda Festival

Nedumangad Ammankoda Mahotsavam is an annual festival of three major temples in Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. Nedumangad Ammankoda festival 2023 date is February 27. The three temples are Mutharamman Devi temple, Melamkode Devi temple and Muthumari Amman Devasthanam temple. The annual festival concludes with a massive procession and temple rituals on Karthika nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March).

Nedumangad Ammankoda festival has a history of nearly 400 years and is famous for the Ottam, thalappoli and Kuthiyottam ritual. Processions, singari melam, pookkavadi, cultural events and Kerala temple art forms are part of the festival.

Massive processions are taken out from the three temple and covering the entire area of Nedumangad town.

The murti of Amma and Swamy of Nedumangad Sree Mutharamman temple is made using the Kadusarkkarayogam. The main body of the murti and veins are made using gold and silver. The heart is made of Salagramam. The murti is then covered using Kavimannu, kadukka, thannikka, kozhipparal and chenjalyam.

The flag hoisting ceremony of the festival is conducted on the four sides of the temple by different sect of people like Vellala, Vishwakarma, Nair and Pandara. Payasa Pongala is part of the festival. The fifth day of the festival is famous for Karakameduppu (taking water from Triveni Sangamam for abhishekam), caparisoned elephant procession, Urul, Kuthiyottam and poomala. The deity also visits the homes of people as part of the festival for blessing her devotees. Chooral Kuthu, Mutheduppu and Amma Velipadu are some of the other rituals.