Neelamperoor pooram padayani festival is the annual festival of Palli Bhagavathy temple in the village of Neelamperoor, Alappuzha, Kerala. The festival begins on the next day to Thiruvonam in Chigam and lasts till the birthday of the deity, Poornam. Chigam is the first month of the Malayalam calendar that happens to be in the months of August or September. This festival’s 2015 date happens to fall on 13th September(Sunday).

Neelamperoor Pooram Padayani

Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathy Temple

Neelamperoor is situated 12 kms south of Kottayam and 2 kms west of Kurichi. Palli Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to Goddess Vanadurga. The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is about 16 km from the temple and the nearest airport is Cochin international airport which is about 76 kms from the temple.

The principal deity of the temple is Devi. There is image of snake god in the southeast corner of the sanctorum. Other small temples dedicated to Ganpathi, Mahavishnu, Siva, Dharmasastha and Rakshas are constructed outside the temple.

The padayani Festival Celebrations

padayani or padayani means rows of army. It is symbolic victory march of Goddess Vanadurga after defeating Darika. It is celebrated for 15 days. The main event of the festival is procession of massive effigies of swans that form part of the Kettukazcha, the offering made to the Goddess. All these are carried on a procession. Smaller effigies are carried on the shoulders of devotees and the bigger ones are carried on wooden wheels. There are made colorful with different leaves and flowers.

Different celebrations are held in these 15 days. During the first four days, padayani begins with avittam prayers. The next four days decorations are done with leaves and flowers. The effigies are displayed on the 12th day. It ends with a spectacular display of ?Big swan? of about 45 feet high. This beautiful scene captivates everyone around.

This festival is very fascinating. It attracts thousands of people all around the country. If you wish to visit Kerala, this period will be ideal as you can take part in this wonderful festival of Neelamperoor.


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