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Ayilyam Festival at Vettikode

Event date: 28-09-2024

Venue: Sree Nagaraja Swami Temple

District: Alappuzha

The Ayilyam Mahotsavam is an annual festival at the Sree Nagaraja Swami Temple, an ancient shrine at Vettikode in Alappuzha district dedicated to the serpent Gods. The occasion is celebrated with a host of festivities and rituals. The celebrations start seven days before the Ayilyam asterism and special rituals are conducted on these days, the highlight being a ceremonial procession from the temple to Meppallil Illam which is an ancient Brahmin home. In the evenings, a ritual called Sarpabali is performed to appease the serpent Gods. The festival draws to a close with the daily rituals.
The festival enjoys a huge participation with devotees thronging in from across the length and breadth of the State. The festival falls in the Malayalam month of Kanni (roughly September / October). 

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In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.

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