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Venjaramoodu Vengamala Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Venjaramoodu Vengamala Bhagavathi temple is located at Vengamala near Venjaramoodu in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Appooppan pratishta in the temple is very famous. The annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam (March – April). The temple belongs to the Kani – tribal group of people.

Two devis are worshipped in the temple and the shrine is different from the usual Kerala style temples. The main deities here are Goddess Vana Durga and Goddess Karinkali and they face each other. Liquor is offered at the Appooppan or Muthappan Nada.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple include Madan, Shiva, Yakshi Amma, Ganapathy and Sastha.

There is a banyan tree in the temple in which people hang black bangles, dolls and small cradles. This is done for the birth of healthy children in the family.

Pongala ritual is held in the shrine.

The annual festival is famous for various unique pujas and rituals.