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Viruttanam Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Viruttanam Bhagavathy temple is located at Viruttanam near Ittonam in Thrissur district, Kerala. The prathishta of Dwarikanasini Devi and Veerabhadra Swamy is in one peedom in the sreekovil of the temple. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (March – April).

This is one of the rare temples where ten days of festival is conducted which has special tantric importance. The Utsavam Kodiyettam is on Rohini Nakshatra of Kumbha Masam and the Aarattu ceremony is held on Atham day.

The Kodimaram is brought by Pilakkad desom devotees and palm tree is used for Kodimaram in the traditional way. 9th day Pallivetta is held and Aarattu is held on 10th day. 

All the desams have a participative role in the Utsavam. 

On the 5th day utsavam, ezhunellippu comes from Irumkutur, Thirumittacode, Rayamangalam, Irumbakassery and Ezhumangad which are known as 5 desams. Similarly, 6th day ezhunellippu is brought from Desamangalam, Thalassery, Kondayur, Varavattur, Pallur, Kodappara and Kottippara which is known as 6 desoms. 7th day ezhunellippu is brought from Thali Kovilakam from time immemorial, a family of Varmas who is considered is Kshatriyas. On 8th day ezhunellippu is of 8 desoms now coming from Peringannur desom which involves Peringannur, Velladikkunnu, Chathanur, Karukaputhur, Cherippur, Ozhuvatra and Ittonam. Devotees from all desams visit the temple seeking the blessings of Devi. Spiritual and cultural programs are also held during the Utsavam with annadanam to the devotees.

Makara Chovva is another important festival in the shrine.

The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava Masam (May - June)

Chanthattam for Bhagavathy and Veerabhadra Swamy during Medam month to strengthen the murtis made in Varikka Plavu (jack fruit tree), a rare crafting.

Illam Nira Tripputhiri is held in Edavam month Illam Nira and Triputhiri are held on Sunday which falls after the karkidaka vavu. Ramayana Masam is organized in the temple with Purana Parayanam and Ramayana Parayanam and one day Ramayanam Related Programmes.

Navaratri is very famous in the temple with special Saraswathi pooja. On Vijayadasami day Vidyarambham is important in the temple and children from all thattakam come to the temple for vidyarambham.