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Kunissery Pookulangara Bhagavathy Temple - Valia Arattu Festival – Once In 12 Years

Kunissery Pookulangara Bhagavathy temple is located at Kunissery – Erimayur in Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple observes the Valia Arattu ceremony once in 12 years during the Navratri period. The next festival celebration is scheduled on 2023. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy.

The arattu festival is famous for procession, ezhunnallathu, melam and caparisoned elephants.

It is believed that on the day the Goddess moves eastwards to get darshanam of the

Pallavoorappan (Shiva). Thripallavoorappan welcomes Devi with respect at Painatty and gifts her pooja materials after arattu ceremony. This is one of the main event during Valia Arattu festival.

The procession of Devi (ezhunnallathu) is accompanied by vadya melam (music made by various percussion instruments). Procession is followed by annadanam. The holy aarattu coincides with Vijayadashami.