Palakkavu Bhagavathi temple

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Edava Palakkavu Bhagavathi Temple
ഇടവാ പാലക്കാവ് ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം
Palakkavu Bhagavathi
DeityPalakkavilamma (Goddess Bhadrakali)
FestivalsKarthika Thirunal Mahothsavam (On karthika naksatra in kumbham month)
Palakkavu Bhagavathi temple is located in Kerala
Palakkavu Bhagavathi temple
Location of Palakkavu temple
Geographic coordinates8°45′54″N 76°41′22″E / 8.76500°N 76.68944°E / 8.76500; 76.68944Coordinates: 8°45′54″N 76°41′22″E / 8.76500°N 76.68944°E / 8.76500; 76.68944

The Edava Palakkavu Bhagavathi temple (ഇടവാ പാലക്കാവ് ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is one of the ancient temples in south India.[citation needed] It is situated at Edava in Thiruvananthapuram District, India. Bhadrakali Devi is the presiding deity of this temple.[1]

A festival is conducted during the month of "Kumbham". This is an occasion when the entire village, irrespective of religious differences, erupt in festive mood. The streets are made colourful on the festival days with colourful processions. Tender coconut fronds and plantain leaf-stalks are also used for street decoration.

Deities and sub-deities[edit]

The Goddess Bhadrakali is the main deity in this temple. One important aspect of the temple is that the deity appears as Bhadrakali, an avatar of Palakkavilamma. Karthika is considered as the star of the deity. There are many upadevathas (sub-deities) adjacent to the temple, and it has been remade according to the Deva Prashnam by expert astrologers recently. The main upadevathas on the premises are


Palakkav Temple Festival
Street decoration on festival season

The Karthika Thirunal Mahothsavam, the major festival of the temple, is held in karthika naskathra in the Malayalam month of Kumbham, lasts for 10 days and ends with Ghosayathra(procession) and Ezhunnallathu (procession). Ten days of festival starts with many cultural and traditional programs in subsequent days. The main attractions of this festival are Thrikodiyettu, Ahaspooja, Sreebhoothabali, Uthsavabali, kalamzhuthum pattum, Thottam pattu, Ponkkala, Pallivetta, Ghosayathra, Aarattu, Thookapayattu, Garudanparappu and thrikodiyirakku. In 2014, Karthika Thirunal Mahothsavam was from 26 February to 7 March.

Other Festivals[edit]

  • Sreemadh bhagavatha sapthaha yagnam - Every year there has been conducting Bhagavatha Sapthaha yajnam, during May/June. This includes detailed description of Bhagavatham followed by religious speeches, cultural and traditional programs.The purpose of Sapthaham is to provide a positive energy to the believers by reading the Bhagavatham in seven days. Kuchela Jayanthi and Rugmini Swayamvaram are the most important parts of Sapthaham.
  • Prathista varshikam - The Prathista varshikam is an anniversary conducted on Pooyam nakshatra in Malayalam month medam. On the day have special pooja and Kalasabhishekam
  • Mandalakalam - Festival in connection with the annual Utsavam of Sabarimala

Other Important Days[edit]


  • Morning - 5.00am to 10.30am
  • Evening - 4.30pm to 7.30pm

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See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)