Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kottankulangara Chamayavilakku

The Kottankulangara temple in Chavara, near Kollam, is renowned for its unique festival. Here, hundreds of men dress up as beautiful women and come to the temple at night, holding the chamaya vilakku (make-up lamp). This is a kind of offering to the presiding deity of the temple - Goddess Bhagavathy. This ritual attracts a great number of people.

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