Makarachowwa is the most important festival of Bhagavathy.
Falling on the first Tuesday of the Malayalam month of Makaram, (January)
this festival has become the festival of the whole community.
There is such
an emotional approach to this festival. There will not be a single person
in and around Guruvayur who does not visit the temple and pay homage to the
Bhagavathi on that day.
After the idol of Thiruvenkitachalapathy was
mutilated it was the Mother's shrine which retained the
tradition of this temple. The Mother continued to be worshipped
during this cloudy period. This is explained by the fact that
for the local people this is still the temple of the
Thiruvenkidam Bhagavathy as the presence of
Thiruvenkitachalapathy came to be known only in 1974, Now both
Thiruvenkitachalapathy and Bhagavathy have equal importance. The
main Sree kovil is of Thiruvenkitchalapathy. Bhagavathi's
Srikovil is in the south East end of the valiambalam.
Ganapathy (Vigneswaran) Saraswathy, Ayyappan and Nagaraja are
also worshipped as upadevadas. A separate shrine is also built
for the original founder of the temple, Ramanujaryar.