Chettikulangara Devi Temple

Chettikulangara Devi Temple located at Mavelikkara, 8 km from Kayamkulam, on the Kayamkulam–Mavelikara route. Historical evidences reveal that the Shrikovil of the temple is about 480 years old and the Chuttambalam dates back about two centuries. The main distinctive feature of this temple is the huge oil lamp called Kathuvilakku (made of granite) which accommodates more than a thousand wicks and is the largest in India. The Upadevathas (deities) in the temple premises are Yakshi, Muhurthi, Rakshas, Thevara Moorthy, Kannamballi Bhagavati, Ganesh, Nagaraja, Naga Yakshi, Balakan and Vallyachan. There is another small shrine for Moolasthanam. A Kavu (a patch of small forest, which houses the serpent Gods), Karimbana (black palm tree) and the nearby Chembakam tree in the premises are also places of worship. The Kettukazhcha Festival at this temple draws large crowds of devotees held in the month of February / March. Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi Temple is under the control of the Travancore Devaswom Board and is the second highest revenue earner, next to Sabarimala within this board.