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Panayara Triporittakkavu Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Panayara Triporittakkavu Bhagavathi temple is located at Panayara in Chemmaruthy near Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The 10-day annual festival in the temple coincides with the Meena Bharani day in Malayalam Meena Masam.

The sankalpam of Bhagavathy here is that of Goddess Bhadrakali.

This is a typical Kerala style traditional temple with nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil. A unique anakottil and kodimaram are part of the temple.

The annual festival begins with kodiyettam. The Pongala ritual is held on Revathi nakshatra before Bharani. Urul Nercha is the most important ritual on Meena Bharani day. The festival concludes with Arattu procession with melam and caparisoned elephant.

There are special pujas including Vrischika Vilakku in Malayalam Vrischika Masam. The temple also conducts special pujas and rituals on Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam.