A depiction of Paala Bhairavi in Kottangal padayani

Location in Kerala, India

Coordinates: 9°27′0″N 76°44′0″E / 9.45000°N 76.73333°E / 9.45000; 76.73333Coordinates: 9°27′0″N 76°44′0″E / 9.45000°N 76.73333°E / 9.45000; 76.73333
Country  India
State Kerala
District Pathanamthitta
Panchayat Kottangal
Named for Kottangal padayani
  Type Panchayath
  Total 23.08 km2 (8.91 sq mi)
Population (2001)
  Total 17,484[1]
  Density 735/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration KL-28, KL-62
Literacy 96.51%
Nearest cities Mallappally, Ranni

Kottangal (Malayalam:കോട്ടാങ്ങൽ) is a small village in Mallappally Taluk of Pathanamthitta District in India. River Manimala flows through the boundary of Kottangal Panchayath which separates it from Kottayam District. Orakkampara is an unexplored scenic spot with a beautiful waterfall in Kottangal Panchayath. Kottangal devi temple is situated in near Mallappally and is dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali. Temple is having history of about 1500 years with the famed Padayani held annually.[2]

Kottangal Padayani

Kottangal Padayani is being performed along with the 8 (Ettu padayani) days from a total of 28 days during January - February(Makara Bharani). This is performed every year at Kottangal Devi Temple located in the boundary of Kottayam and Pathanamthitta Districts. The last 8 days are important with the performance of different Kolams and other traditional programs. The padayani is done by two karas (Areas which contains different sub areas) Kottangal and Kulathoor. The Last 8 days are equally divided to two karas that is 4 for each. The last two days (valiya Padayani) are most important for both Karas and they conduct programs in a competitive manner. Beautiful Processions will be there on the evening of last two days. The main programs include vela Kali, Adavi, Pallippana, Vellam Kudi, vinodam and kolam Thullal. The kolams performed in the padayani are Ganapathi Kolam, Kuthira, Bhairavi, Sundara Yakshi, Araki Yakshi, Marutha, Pakshi, Kalamadan and Kalan Kolam.


  1. "Census of India". Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  2. http://kottangalpadayani.com/image%20gallery.html

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