Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Bhagavathy
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple is one of the famous temples of Thiyya community in Kerala. It is situated at Palakkunnu, around 1 km north of Trikkannad on the Kasargod-Kanhangad road.
The main deity of the temple is Mootha Bhagavathy (Kurumba Bhagavathy). Sub-deities are Ilaya Bhagavathy, Dhandan, Ghandakarnam, Vishnu Moorthy and Gulikan. The temple has a treasure house, where Padinhatta Chamundi and Moovalamkuzhi Chamundi are worshipped, near the railway gate of Kotikulam Railway Station.
The festival which is peculiar to the temple is Bharani Maholsavam (in March). The
festivities start on the next day of the Arattu Festival of Trikkannad Temple and
end with the Auirathiri Ulsavam. Other festivals in the temple are Maruputhari Festival
(December-January) and Kalam Kanippu Maholsavam (January).
Of the numerous festivals that are held in Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple the Bharani Maholsavam festival is the most important. It starts on the next day after the commencement of the Arattu Festival at Trikkanad Temple. This is because Trikkanad temple is located just a few kilometers from the Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple.
It is another renowned place of worship of the Thiyya Dynasty. A single rope is used by both the temples for the purpose of Dwajarohanam. The Bharani Festival culminates in Auirathiri Utsavam. The area where these temples are situated falls under the authority of the Udma Panchayat and Chemnath Panchayat. They provide plenty of offerings to the Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple.
These offerings are carried with great joy and enthusiasm in a procession. These donations consist of expensive jewelry and cash money also. Therefore the Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple is one of the richest temples at Kerala.
During the festival people wear colorful dresses and celebrate the festive mood is observable from the faces of the young and old alike. A brilliant display of fireworks is another feature of this Festival.
Time for the celebration of the Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Maholsavam: The Bharani Maholsavam Festival is usually spent in the month of March at the Palakkunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple.
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