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Chennithala Karazhma Devi Temple – Festival

Chennithala Karazhma Devi temple is located at Chennithala in Mavelikara in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is known as Aripara - Anpoli mahotsavam and is observed on the first day of Edava Masam (May 15 or May 16). The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy.

The sankalpam of Bhagavathy in the temple is that of Vana Durga and Bhadra.

This is a typical Kerala style temple with a kodimaram, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, pond and shrines of upa devatas. The chathura sreekovil does not have a roof as the Sankalpam is that of Vana Durga.

The jeevitha in the temple is special as it is made of gold and the ezhunnallathu of it attracts hundreds of devotees.

The annual festival in the temple is famous for jeevitha ezhunnallathu, lighting of thousands of lamps, kettukazhcha – kuthira, melam, traditional performing art forms of Kerala and tantric pujas and rituals are part of the annual festival.

Another important festival in the temple is the famous Vishu arattu festival. The 8-day festival is famous for kettukazhcha, arattu and valiya kanikka.

The Arippara – Annppoli festival in the temple is one of the last temple festivals in Central Travancore region.

Navaha Yajnam is held during Makara Masam in the temple. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

You can watch a completely documentary on the unique rituals and pujas held at the temple here on Youtube