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Sooranad Azhakiyakavu Kurumba Kali Devi Temple – Festival

Azhakiyakavu Kurumba Kali Devi temple is located at Sooranad North in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy – Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple coincides with the Kumbha Bharani festival (February or March).

The Bhagavathi worshipped in the temple is believed to be naughty and so people lovingly refer to her as ‘kurumbi’.

This is a typical Kerala style temple with a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, temple pond, and shrines of upa devatas. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil. The shrine has two old kalathattu in front of the temple.

The annual festival in the temple is famous for Kala Varavu – heavily and beautifully decorated huge effigies of ox are pulled to the shrine on the occasion. Procession with traditional folk art images, ezhunnallathu, melam and other pujas and rituals are part of the annual festival.

The temple also observes annual Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.