Thazhoor Bhagavathy Kshetram

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Thazhoor Bhagavathy Kshetram, (Malayalam: താഴൂര്‍ ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രം) is a 300-year-old Hindu temple on the banks of the Achankovil river in Vazhamuttom, Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The Devi (goddess) is the main deity here.[1] .[2]

Thazhoor Bhagavathy Temple, view from Thazhoor bridge
Padyani at Thazhoor Bhagavathy Temple at Vazhamuttom near Pathanamthitta
Padayani at Thazhoor Bhagavathy Temple
Thazhoor Padayani

The Padayani held in the month of Kumbham is very famous. Padayani performances are held at the temple annually. Padayani songs are very ancient folklore of Kerala. These folk-dances are traditionally preserved in this part of Kerala.

A Paraezhunnellippu is held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham that ends on the Vishu day in the month of Medam. The Paraezhunnellippu is spread all over Vazhamuttom east, Vazhamuttom, Pramadam, Mullanikadu and Vallicode. The Parazhumallippu will cover every Hindu family in those localities. The devotees have this occasion to present as offerings, tender coconuts and seeds.

The temple is also famous for the folk arts and the "Kettukaazhcha" procession with Kaala (bull motif) and Kuthira vela (horse motif).

Folklore is that Thazhoor Bhagavathy is the sister of Valamchuzhy Devi. The temple is also a chosen premise for many wedding ceremonies with people coming in to conduct marriage rituals.

Kumbha Pongala[edit]

The Pongala celebration commences on the morning of Kumbham 1. The women, dressed in traditional clean costumes for the occasion, offer Naivedyam to the goddess with their bare hands. The Goddess (Amma) accepts the offerings from thousands of devotees. It is believed that viewing Amma in all her glory at this time will free one from all sins and evils.

Coordinates: 9°13′42″N 76°46′46″E / 9.22833°N 76.77944°E / 9.22833; 76.77944

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Kerala-History
  2. ^ Tourist Guide to Kerala By Motilal (UK) Books of India, Various, V. Subburaj

Nair, Ajith. "Thazhoor Bhagavathi Temple". Retrieved 2008-09-26.  "www.thazhoorbagavathy.org". Retrieved 2008-09-26.