|Palakkavu Bhagavathi temple, Edava Rgyan|
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The main festival of this temple the Karthika Thirunal Mahothsavam, is held in Karthika Naskathra in the Malayalam month of Kumbham. This 10 day festival ends with Ghosayathra / Ezhunnallathu (procession). This colorful festival begins with many cultural and traditional programs that continue on subsequent days. The main attractions of this festival are Thrikodiyettu (hoisting of temple flag), Ahaspooja, Sree Bhoothabali (a ritual performed before the Utchavar and other sub deities when taken around the prakara), Uthsava Bali (it is a ritual done by the temple priests after morning puja), Kalamzhuthum pattum ( a unique drawing of ritual art of Kerala), Thottam pattu (it is invocative, the belief is the performer will be possessed by divine spirits. It is a local ballad sung before the ritual), Ponkkala, Pallivetta, Ghosayathra (procession) and finally Aarattu (holy immersion in the sea or river of the utchavar idol). Karthika is the star of the deity.
A particular festival held during the month of "Kumbham" is colorful and is marked by the participation of people of different castes and religions from the community. Many streets in the village are well decorated with coconut leaves plantain leaf-stalks, etc.
Annually in the month of May / June Bhagavatha Sapthaha yajnam is conducted for seven days. This a religious discourse on Bhagavatham followed by some cultural programs. Kuchela Jayanthi and Rukmini Swayamvaram are elaborated as part of Sapthaham. Such discourses focus on the positive approach to life and the importance of leading a life of righteousness. Lots of people, especially senior citizens attend such religious programs that are held with utter devotion and religious fervor.