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Palluruthy Azhakiyakavu Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

 Palluruthy Azhakiyakavu Bhagavathy temple is located at Palluruthy near Kochi in Ernakulam, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali - sixteen armed murti of Bhagavathy is worshipped in the temple. The temple is famous for the annual Pattu Thalappoli festival which begins every year on the 1st day of the Malayalam month of Makaram (January).

Pattu Thalappoli festival which lasts for around 25 days receives the largest number of Nattu Thalam, an offering to the goddess, in Ernakulam. Brahmani Pattu ritual is held during the festival period in a special erected panthal (dais). Vadakkumpuram Guruthi is another ritual held as part of the Pattu Thalappoli festival. 

The annual Pongala festival is observed on the Kumbha Bharani day.

Another important festival in the temple is held on Meena Bharani day. Chanthattam is performed on Meena Bharani day.

The annual festivals are also famous for unique Shakti temple rituals and pujas. Caparisoned elephants, melam and traditional performing art forms of Kerala are part of the annual festival.

The chathura sreekovil facing east has a four feet high 'Daru Vigraham' of Bhagavathy. There are five poojas daily in the temple. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Sastha, Ganapathy, Yakshi and Nagas.