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Sri Kalleli Oorali Appooppan Kavu – Festival

Sri Kalleli Oorali Appooppan kavu is an ancient temple located at Kallely Thottam in Konni, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple begins on Vishu and concludes on the Pathamudayam day (April 14 to April 23). The deity here is part of nature worship and is associated with Tribal people of the region. Karkidaka Vavu Bali is another important day in the temple.

There are no major temple structures here. The main deity and upa devatas are worshipped under trees and in temporary structures. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Kallely Ganapathi, Kuttichathan, vadakkenchery valyachan, Nagas or serpents, Amma Mahamaya, Yakshi Amma, First Uru, Bharathapoom Kuravan-Kurathi Raktha Rakshas and Kochukunju arukal.

The main deity is here is the overlord of the forests and mountains.

The major ritual performed in this temple is the Karkidaka Vavu ceremony, rituals observed in memory of the departed souls of ancestors. Pathamudayam is another important festival in the temple.

During the festival days, tender coconuts and betel leaves are offered to the presiding deity. Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants), Vanarayoottu (feeding of monkeys) and Meenoottu (feeding of fish) are other rituals performed here.

The temple lies on the banks of Achankovil River and is surrounded by dense forest.

The rituals in the temple are entirely different from other Kerala temples. The pujas and rituals have the reflection of Tribal culture and tradition. Thamboolam is the special vazhipadu in the temple.