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The most important day of kumaranalloor devi is karthika star of malayalam month vrischika (devi's birthday).The yearly main festival comes in the malayalam month of vrishchikam (nov-dec). The main festival is of ten days starting with hosting of holy flag (kodiyettu) on the first day. From the second day onwards devi has special pooja's and arrattu(holy bathing) in the near by river(meenachil). Eighth day is on malayalam astrological star ‘bharani' and the next day; nineth day is ‘karthika'. Karthika and is the most important day for devi and hence is known as the great ‘thrikkarthika'. On the tenth day the devi goes for the final holy bath in nattassery a near by place and comes back with all the happiness and prosperity for the people of this village. After the arrattu the hosted holy flag is removed and the festival completes here. During the festival days, folk and traditional arts conducted in the temple premises . The famous group percussions like panjavadyam and chenda melam with the devi's processions like arrattu in the morning and villakku in the evening are majestic.

Once, on a karthika day of vrischika the noble vilvamangalam swamiyar came to thrissur vadakkunnatha temple. When he reached there he understood with his divine eyes that there was not the presence of vadakkunathan(lord shiva) in the sreekovil. He came out to circumambulate the temple. When he reached near the south wall, he visions the presence of lord shiva there. He asked lord why came to the wall. ‘i am seeing kumaranalloor devi coming after arattu'(holy bath). Even today, the madhyana pooja (mid day pooja) in vadakkunnatha temple is at the south wall of the temple on the day of karthika during the month of vrischika.

The concept is that on the karthika day of vrischika, all the deities came to see the return of devi after the arattu. Witnessing this event is said to be excellent for long life.

Every year navarathri festival celebrated with special pooja's and offerings. From the first day of the navarathri festival until last day mura japam (special chanting of mantras by scholars) in the main mandapam is conducted and is unique of its kind and is very special for devi. During the navarathri festival every year mahabhagavatha sapthaha parayanam(reading of mahabhagavatham) in the leadership of bhagavatha hamsom shri maliyoor shankaran namboothiri is also conducted in the temple auditorium (oottupura). Famous scholars from different parts of kerala conducts bhajans and elequations on vedas every evening during the navarathri festival. For the last three days of navarthri festivals ‘sangeetha aradhana'(musical pooja) is also conducted in the temple premises and famous musicians from different parts of the state take part in it.

During the navarthri, festival important pooja is the sarasvathy pooja. Students from different sectors takes part in the pooja by placing there books and tools for pooja on the eighth day and taking it on the tenth day and starting their new studies. It is said that the tenth day is auspicious day to start a new study and the day is called vidyarambham meaning starting the study. This process is famous in this temple . The vidyarambham for small childrens is the main offering on the day and conducted in the leadership of bhagavatha hamsom shri maliyoor shankaran namboothiri and other scholars.

Every year navarathri festival celebrated with special pooja's and offerings. From the first day of the navarathri festival until last day mura japam (special chanting of mantras by scholars) in the main mandapam is conducted and is unique of its kind and is very special for devi. During the navarathri festival every year mahabhagavatha sapthaha parayanam(reading of mahabhagavatham) in the leadership of bhagavatha hamsom shri maliyoor shankaran namboothiri is also conducted in the temple auditorium (oottupura). Famous scholars from different parts of kerala conducts bhajans and elequations on vedas every evening during the navarathri festival. For the last three days of navarthri festivals ‘sangeetha aradhana'(musical pooja) is also conducted in the temple premises and famous musicians from different parts of the state take part in it.

During the navarthri, festival important pooja is the sarasvathy pooja. Students from different sectors takes part in the pooja by placing there books and tools for pooja on the eighth day and taking it on the tenth day and starting their new studies. It is said that the tenth day is auspicious day to start a new study and the day is called vidyarambham meaning starting the study. This process is famous in this temple . The vidyarambham for small childrens is the main offering on the day and conducted in the leadership of bhagavatha hamsom shri maliyoor shankaran namboothiri and other scholars.

Shrimad adi shankaracharya swamy has described kumaranalloor devi temple as one among the panchamahashetram(five main temples) in india where you will feel the full presence of parashakthi (devi).

He has given this temple the number one position in devi temples. Still the pooja style prescribed by adi shankaracharya is followed here.

The temple and its possessions were originally entrusted to twenty-eight brahmin(nampoothiri) families by king cheraman perumal. They, by ages, now reduced to nine families. At present, the male head members of these families are entitled to make administration of the temple , school and other institutions.

The families are known as ‘ooranma illoms' and the members belong to these families are called “ooralans” or “owners”. They have right only on administration not on temple properties or wealth. They carryout the duties and responsibilities without any delay and consider this as god given boons. Administrative body named as “ooranma yogam” (association of ooranma illoms). The appointed administrators who are strictly adhered to the by-law of ooranma yogam do administration. The temple administration is smoothly run by the wholehearted support of the devotees. People who are residing in kumaranalloor, and nearby places such as malloossery, nattassery have certain rights in the performance of rituals with sincerity, devotion and joy of heart.