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Vellayani Devi Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Vellayani Devi Temple is located on the eastern banks of Vellayani Lake. The temple dates back to the 14th century AD. Tourists love visiting the temple for its beautiful lakeside view. Prime deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. Sub deities revered in the Vellayani Devi Temple are Lord Ganapathy, Lord Shiva and the Nagaraja. A separate shrine is dedicated to Madan Thampuran.
Since time immemorial the temple is connected to Nair and Kollen communities. Nairs have the right to perform Uchabali.
According to mythological legend Kelan Kulashekhara, a blacksmith saw a frog with mystical powers near the lake. He caught and brought it to the Nair chiefs of the locality. Kulasekara, then, constructed the Thiru Mudi (idol) in which the divine spirit is believed to be stored. Since then, the right to perform the rituals is held by the Nair families.
Another legend states that Demon Darika received an immortality boon from Lord Brahma, and went on to conquer the world by defeating Indra. Looking at his extreme atrocities, Narada requested Lord Shiva to kill Darika. Lord Shiva opened his Third Eye and created Kali to destroy Darika, as he was blessed that any human can’t kill him in any of the fourteen worlds. Goddess Kali did not stop even after killing Darika. She went on to destroy all human beings. No, God could calm her. Kali was stopped only after Lord Shiva surrendered to her.

Vellayani Devi Temple is Famous For

The temple is renowned for its Dravidian style architecture. There is a bronze roof with traditional artworks. The Eastern and Northern towers are called Gopurams. The Gopurams showcase adorable statues and carvings.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Vellayani Devi Temple in Kerala

The major festival of the Vellayani Devi Temple is Kaliyoottu Mahotsavam – a festival to feed Devi. The festival lasts over 56-60 days and is observed between February and April once every three years. During the festival, the idols of Devi and Darika are placed on raised platforms facing each other symbolic of the fight between them.

Other festivals and rituals observed in the temple are Aaraattu, Paranettu, Pongala, Navratri, Nilathilporu, and Kalamkaval.

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