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Sreevaraham Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy Temple – History – Festival

Sreevaraham Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy temple is located at Sreevaraham in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam (March – April). The annual festival is known as Ooruttu Mahotsavam and it begins on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Malayalam Meenam month.

The swayambhu murti of Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy was accidentally discovered when a child who was playing in the vicinity accidently fell down and hit the murti. To the astonishment of the children, nothing happened to the child but the murti started bleeding. Soon, the murti was identified and pujas and rituals were performed. The present Mukkolakkal Bhagavathy temple is located at spot where the murti was discovered.

The sankalpam of Bhagavathy here is that of Goddess Parvati. The temple has a chathura sreekovil, nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and kodimaram (flagpole).

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Nagaraja, Brahmarakshas, Madan Thampuran, Yakshi Amma and Navagrahas.

The festival begins with inviting and placing Bhagavathy in pacha panthal (Hut made of green palm leaves). The annual festival is famous for various Shaketeya pujas and rituals including homam, abhishekam, kalasham etc. Melam, ezhunnallathu, various performing art forms of Kerala are part of the annual festival.

Parakkezhunnallippu (Procession of the deity atop an elephant), Pongala, Kuthiyottam, traditional music and dance programs, and colourful fireworks are part of the festival.