Chamayavilakku – Kottankulangara Temple


The famous Chamayavilakku is a unique festival which is held at the Kottankulangara Sree Devi Temple, Chavara near Kollam, Kerala where thousands of men irrespective of their religious faith dressed up as women offered prayers to the Goddess Bhagavathy, the deity of the Temple which is believed as ‘Swayam Bhoo'(Self Origin). This famous temple is the only temple in Kerala having no roof the sanctum sanctorum. The uniqueness of this temple is that the boys and girls dress themselves as girls and ladies to hold the traditional temple lamp.

In this unique ritual called ‘Chamayavilakku’ (make-up-lamp), the ‘Damsels’ come to the temple at night in a long procession with lighted lamp in their hands. The two day festival attracts thousands of devotees throughout the State. Believers from other States are also participating in this famous festival. Recently several foreigners are also attending this famous traditional festival.

This festival will be held on 10th and 11th of Meenam every year.