Puttingal Devi Temple, Paravur, Kollam in Kerala..
Puttingal Temple (Puttingal Devi Temple) is an ancient adobe dedicated to Goddess Puttingal Devi (Bhagavathy). It is located in Paravur town in Kollam district of Kerala.
Puttingal Temple is a Hindu temple in the coastal town of Paravur, India. The temple was founded after the presence of the goddess was experienced on an ant hill; ‘Puttu’ being the Malayalam word for ant Hill.
The festival of this temple is on the ‘Bharani’ star of Malayalam month Meenam. Fireworks (Matsara Kambam) and other events associated with the festival (Aswathi vilakku, Kathakali, Kampadikali, Marameduppu) take place along with other cultural events. Various poojas are performed and offerings are made daily for the fulfillment of desires and redressal of various grievances of devotees.
‘Thottampattu’, the most important offering in this temple, starts on the 21st day of Vrischikam (a Malayalam month falling in between mid November and mid December) and lasts till the principal festival of the Goddess.
On April 10, 2016, a major fire accident happened in the temple on the occasion of Meena Bharani festival in which more than 106 people died and 250 devotees were injured.