Paravur Puttingal Devi Temple - Puttingal Temple
Puttingal Temple (Puttingal Devi Temple) is a Hindu temple and an ancient adobe devoted to Goddess Puttingal Devi (Bhagavathy). Puttingal Temple is located in the coastal town of Paravur in Kollam district of Kerala, India.
The temple was founded after the presence of the goddess was experienced on an ant Hill (Puttu a Malayalam word).
The festival of this temple is the "Bharani" star, called Meenam (a Malayalam Calendar Month started on March 16th - April 15th). The Festival is also called Meena Bharani.
The famous events of this festival are the Fireworks competition (Matsara Kambam) and other cultural activities associated with the festival (Aswathi vilakku, Kathakali, Kampadikali, Marameduppu) take place. Various prayers are performed and offerings are made daily for the fulfillment of desires and determinant of the various misery of devotees.
"Thottampattu" (the prologue chants by the theyyam performer), the most important offering in this temple, starts on the 21st day of Vrischikam (a Malayalam month falling in between mid-November and mid-December) and last till the main festival of the Goddess.
On April 10, 2016, a Massive fire at Paravur's Puttingal temple in Kerala on the occasion of Meena Bharani festival in which more than 106 people died and 250 devotees were injured.
How to reach
This temple is located in the Paravur municipal area itself. Paravur is well connected with major cities like Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Thrissur, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy by rail.
Paravur has a well-managed roads network that connects with major cities. The proposed Kollam-Kottapuram National Waterway-3 is passing through Paravur. 10 express and 4 passenger trains(one side) have halted in Paravur Railway Station.
Puttingal Devi Temple, Paravur, Kollam, Kerala
Address: Paravur, Kollam, Kerala 691301, India
Phone: +91 474 251 3000
District: Kollam district