Vellayani Devi Temple is a popular devotional centre in Trivandrum, situated about nine kilometers away from Trivandrum Railway Station. Vellayani Devi Temple is said to be build in the 14th century AD. The main attraction of this temple is its picturesque view, since it is situated on the banks of Vellayani Lake. Goddess Kali is the major deity worshipped here. Other sub deities of Vellyani Devi Temple include Lord Ganapathy, Lord Siva and the Nagaraja. There is a separate shrine for Madan Thampuran in the Temple.
Vellayani Devi Temple is famous for celebrating the lengthy festival lasting for 50 days, which is a record in South India. The name of this festival is Kaliyoottu Mahothsavam, means the festival of feeding the Goddess Kali. People from different places visit this temple for workshipping their favourite Goddess during Kaliyoottu Mahothsavam.
This old shrine is situated on the banks of the beautiful Vellayani Lake. It is one of the most famous and historic temples in Kerala. The main deity for worship is Devi, in her form as Goddess Kali. (It is important for western tourists to note that this confirms the Hindu ideology that God exists in different forms and that the underlying spark of life is one and the same. The tourists should recognize that such an ideology has enabled Hindus to accept other religions and sects).
|Location:||Vellayani Devi Temple, Kalliyur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.|
|Gods||Goddess Bhadrakali, Lord Ganapathy, Lord Shiva, Nagaraja|
|Landmark||Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (15 km) Nearest Railway Station : Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, about 9 Kms. Nearest Bus Station : Thiruvananthapuram|
The Vellayani Devi Temple Pongala Festival attrats thousands of devotees from in and around Trivandrum, Kerala.
The main festival is ‘Kaliyoottu Mahotsavam'.This is the longest (50 days) non pilgrimage festival any where in India. It is held once in 3 years. The literal meaning is "the festival to sumptuously feed the Devi”; in all her resplendent power and glory. During this occasion of the tri-annual festival, thousands of people from all over the State visit the temple to offer their prayers and respects to the deity.