Thazhoor Bhagavathy Kshetram
Thazhoor Bhagavathy Kshetram 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.The temple is having very vast and beautiful surroundings with scenic beauty, having a huge and beautiful Aanakottil and has a boundary wall and towered entrance with full of handicraft and carvings both in stone and wood. Three beautiful hundika towers (kaanikkaa mandapam) are recently built around the periphery of the temple. River Achankovil flows encircling the temple premises which extends to nearly four acres.
Location : Pathanamthitta-Thazhoorkadavu Rd, Vazhamuttom, Vallicode, Kerala 689647
Gods : Bhagavathy
Landmark : Trivandrum International Airport serves as the nearest airport to Pathanamthitta. The nearest railway station to Pathanamthitta is Chengannur about 28 kms away. Pathanamthitta is easily approachable through all the major town of Kerala via a well maintained network of roads.
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.The temple is also famous for the folk arts and the Kettukaazhcha procession with Kaala (bull motif) and Kuthira vela (horse motif).
The Pongal celebration commences on the morning of Kumbham 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.