The Two Festivals
Talappoli and Bharani are the two main festivals conducted in the temple every year. The
former is a colorful pageant, full of merriment, with mainly the local people
participating while the Bharani festival is purely devotional and ritualistic, yet
attracting pilgrims from all over Kerala.
starts on Makara Sankranti-the first of Makaram (December-January) and lasts 4 days. It is
a harvest festival coinciding with Pongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu and certain parts of
South India. As done elsewhere, here also on the day previous to Makara Sankranti, rubbish
and other unwanted materials are collected and burnt. Houses and courtyards are cleaned.
The temple premises are decorated and a large fair set up. A part of the rice from the
freshly harvested paddy is set apart as offering to the Goddess.