Cherunatturi Bhagawathi of Chithilamcheri
Chithalancheri is a small village in Melarcode Panchayath and is located on the way to Pollachi from Trichur . This village ias about 20 km from Palghat town and is 4 km from the small town called Nemmara.. It is believed that the name of the village is derived from the word Chuthu illam cheri (Village surrounded by Namboodiri houses) The goddess presiding in the temple here is called Cherunatturi Bhagawathi. Apart from the Bhagwathi , the temple also has sub temples for Shiva, Ganesa as well as NavaKanyas. Apart from this is also a statute of a five headed serpent. Worship is also offered to this Naga devatha,This main statue is kept over statues of other serpents. Devotees believe that if we worship Cherunatturi Bhagawathi by doing Pushpanjali (Ashtothara which is common in temples of other states in South India is uncommon in Kerala. The Priest worships the Goddess with flowers , mainly red hibiscus using thanthric methods . A special pooja is called Rakthapushpanjali) then the fear for snakes or dreams involving snakes would get cured. Another peculiarity of this temple is the freely roaming cats in the temple.
The major festival of the temple is Chithilancheri Arattu , which is celebrated in the month of Makaram(January 15th to February 15th).The Chithilamcheri vela is celebrated in the month of Medam.