Major Festivals


Chingam 1st, the New Year Day of Malayalam Era, will be starting with special poojas on which a great majority of the villagers come in seek of the Lord's blessings. Nira Puthari is the first festival of a year in the Pullukulangara Temple, which comes simultaneously with the same in the Sabarimala temple.

Kanni, the 2nd Malayalam month, is blessed with Navarathri, a hindu festival of nine days' duration from new moon in Kanni. The temple atmosphere will be melodious with coconcerts all these days. The 8th day of this festival is called Durgashtami, on which children as well as adults keep their books in the temple for special poojas (Pusthaka Pooja). The 9th day, MahaNavami, is for Ayudha Pooja or woship of arms (either weapons or musical instruments or painting equipments are given in the temple for the poojas). The 10th day, Vijaya Dasami, is for taking out all these, for a prosperous beginning of life. On this day, hundreds of children between 2 and 3 come for writing their First Letter in this devine presence, by the Priest, in rice spread in a plate.

The 4th month Vrischikam in its full swing alongwith the first eleven days of the next month Dhanu, is called the Mandala Period. Mandala Chirup is celebrated on these 41 days, each chirup conducted by one or the other families from the Karas, as their offering. Temple will be encircled by illuminated oil lamps fixed on the walls, alongwith all the other huge as well as tiny lamps, throughout these Mandala days! The 40th night will be brightened with the very special offering , Aazhipooja and Ayyappas (devotees who are intended to go to Sabarimala after taking vow and wearing garland of Thulasi - Ocimum - beads) come to the temple with Irumudi on the head (The double headed baggage in which pilgrims to Sabarimala carry their things and offerings to the Deity) . With Neyyabhisheka (Anointing an idol with Ghee), Petta Thullal (a kind of frenzied dance mixed with loud music, orchestra and prayer) and the feast with Rice porridge on the 41st day, the celebrations come to the end.

Parayeduppu festival comes after this, which will be in Makara (6th month), ending prior to the flag hoisting of the annual festival. Veruvally Bhagom, Karuvattum Kuzhi, Kannampally Bhagom, Malamel Bhagom, Keerikkad South, Kandalloor South, Kandalloor North, Puthiavila South, Puthiavila North, Ramapurm and Muthukulam are blessed with this annual visit of Sri Dharma Sastha!

Flag Hoisting festival ( Kodiyettu Utsava ) is on the Uthram star of Makara month and the festival ends on the 10th day with lowering of the flag . The festival eves will be enriched with Velakali (a ritual dance in which the participants resemble the Nair soldiers of Medevial period in the dressing as well as the vigorous movements and sword play, along with an orchestra suiting to a war field), concerts and other art forms. Decorated elephants will be standing in front of the Anakkottil, wawing the ears and listening the orchesra. Utsava of the first three days and the Aarattu on the 10th day are conducted by the temple Devaswam. Right to conduct the Utsava of the 4th day is to the Varikkolil Puthenpurackal Family. The Utsavas on the other days are done by the Karas. The peculiar religious right, Utsavabali, is performed by Thundathil family on the 2nd day, Thachara - Nibhana (branch of Thoppil family on the 5th day and Perumana family on the 9th day, every year.

There will be Urulicha (processions) each day, one gracious than the other, as all the Karas will be eager to be the best. During Aarattu or Bathing Ceremony, the Deity goes to the Aarattu Kulam (the pond meant for the holy bath) on the temple elephant Ganesan. Accompanied by Talappoli (a customary way of propitiating Gods by young girls in rows, holding plates containing lamps, flowers, rice, etc) and temple orchestra, the Deity returns to the temple, receiving the Para offerings from the inmates residing on both sides of the road. The ceremony will end with Aarattu Kalasam and lowering of the flag.

Then comes Maha Sivarathri, which is in Kumbham (7th month), on which special poojas and offerings to Lord Mahadeva are performed. On Bharani star of Meenam (8th month), Bhadra Bhagavathy is carried out in procession from her Sanctom Sanctorum, accompanied by temple orchestra and after 7 Pradakshinas (Circumambulation) , she enter back to her Sanctum Sanctorum . Special Poojas and KalamezhuthumPattum (Drawing of the forms of Gods and Goddesses with powders of various colours, and with the very peculiar song for the occassion) will be there, in which the picture of Devi Bhadrakali will be made.

A similar procession, with the picture of Sri Dharma Sastha in the Kalam drawn, is performed on 1st of Medam (9th month). As Vishu is famous for seeing Kani, to see Ayyappa on that special day, lots come to worship from the Brahma Muhurtha itself!

July 5th 1989 (Midhunam, the 10th month) is the reconsecration day and Annual Kalasa Pooja is done every year by the Thanthri . Otherthan these festivals, comming to the temple on the 1st day of every Malayalam month has its own peculiarity, which could not be explained in words!