Festivals of Valiyakulangara Devi Temple
Valiyakulangara Devi Temple celebrates many festivals on a grand scale. During the festival time the temple is beautifully decorated with lights and flowers. The main festival of the temple is Aswathi festival. It is celebrated during the months of February-March. The festival is famous among the devotees for the fireworks show and the Kettukaazcha i.e. procession of chariots. Another important event of the temple is the Valiyakulangara Kettukazhcha. It is organised every year on the Aswathyi Nakshathram of Malayalam month 'Kumbham.' It is regarded as one of the most remarkable cultural programme celebrated in Central Kerala. It resembles the Thrissur Pooram. It is the great chariot festival that exposes Haripad's true heritage. This event is organised by the people of Valiyakulangara for their beloved deity who is famous among her devotes for bestowing them with her blessings and showering upon them prosperity and protection of their lives. 'Kettukazhcha' displays beautifully sculpted and decorated forms of six temple cars known as 'Kuthiras', five Therus' i.e. Chariots and icons of Bhima and Lord Hanuman. All the temple cars, chariots and the icons are incredibly gigantic in size. These add charm and elegance to the festival. During the festival time devotes flock the temple to offer their worship and prayers to the deity and receive her blessings. It is believed that if the deity is worshipped with full devotion then all the wishes are fulfilled by her.
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