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Chittilamchery Cherunetturi Bhagavathi Temple – Naga Worship – Cats Roaming Freely In Temple

Chittilamchery Cherunetturi Bhagavathi temple is located at Chittalancheri in Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi (ചെറുനെട്ടൂരി ഭഗവതി). An important festival in the temple is held in Makaram month (January – February). Chittilamchery Vela festival is held in the Malayalam Meda Masam (April – May). The temple is famous for Naga or serpent worship. A unique aspect of the temple is the several numbers of cats are seen in the shrine which is very unusual.

During ancient times this was a region surrounded by houses of Namboothiris (Chuttum Illam Cheri).

This is a traditional Kerala style temple with chuttambalam, sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, kodimaram and shrines of upa devatas. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapati, Navakanyas and Nagas.

Raksha pushpanjali is a unique offering in the temple. It is performed to overcome fear of snakes and to get rid of troubles caused by serpents.

The annual festival in the temple is famous pr caparisoned elephants, thira, traditional performing art forms of temple, music, and melam.