Fast Facts :
Celebrated in : Kerala
Centre of Activity : Chettikulagara Bharani Temple
Held in : February / March
Main rituals : Kuthiyottam, Kettukazacha
How to reach here: The nearest railway station which is Kayamkulam is just 5 kms away. The nearest airport is Cochin which is at a distance of 85 kms from Alappuzha.
There is a famous temple which is dedicated to the goddesses Bhagavathi which is at a distance of 5 kms from Kayamkulam that is the Chettikulangara Bharani Temple. In February or March which is the Bharani asterism, the most important festival takes place here. At the temple almost all types of folk arts are being performed, the Kathakali performance is there all night which is recommended as a must see for Kathakali buffs.
The ‘Kettukazcha’ and ‘Kuthiyottam’ are the main rituals of the festival. A procession in which rigorous ritual penance is carried out by young boys is ‘Kuthiyottam’. The procession in which the young boys dance in trance is accompanied with music, traditional drums and glittering ornaments parasols. It too commences with brightly and colourful decorated parade of wide array of structures where the smaller ones have chariots and the taller ones have horses. The temple during the festival of the Chettikulangara Bharani draws crowds for watching this colorful attire of the festival.