Date:22-04-2020 to 22-04-2020
The Vellayani Devi Temple, located on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram city near Vellayani Lake is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple is noted for the Kaliyoottu Mahotsavam which happens once in every three years and is celebrated over a two-month period (about 56 to 65 days). The last festival held was on March-April 2017 and next festival will be in March- April 2020.
Kaliyoottu is a ritual art form associated with Goddess Bhadrakali belief mainly popular in the temples of Thiruvananthapuram district. The festival celebrates with the myth of Goddess Kali and demon Darika, one of the main rituals of Kaliyoottu is the Thottampattu. It requires 48 days for singing the Bhadrakalithottampattu completely.
The most important rituals associated with Kaliyoottu festival are Kalamkaval, Uchabali, Dikkubali and Paranettu - which marks the end of the Kaliyoottu. At Vellayani temple the Paranettu will be held on the ninth day of Medam (Mid- April).