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Palkulangara Devi Temple – Festival

Palkulangara Devi temple is located 1 km from Pettah Junction in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April).

The belief is that the murti of Goddess Durga worshipped in the temple was installed by Arjuna of Mahabharata. He had shot an arrow on to the earth to create a pond. This pond can be seen behind the temple. As per belief milk used to flow from the temple in ancient times and hence the name Palkulangara – Pal means milk and kulam means pond. Their s a kavu (grove) adjacent to the temple.

This is small typical Kerala style temple with a kodimaram (flag pole), chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas worshipped here are Ganapathy, Shiva and Sastha. Nagaraja and other Nagas are worshipped in the Sarppakavu.

The annual festival in the temple is famous for colorful ezhunellippu atop a caparisoned elephant, procession, Tantric pujas and rituals, and performing art forms of Kerala.

The temple also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.