Kottankulangara Festival

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The Kottankulangara Festival is an annual Hindu festival in Kerala, India in which thousands of men dress as women. The festival takes place at the Kottankulangara Devi Temple at Kollam, which is sacred to the goddess Bhagavathy. Every year this festival is celebrated on the 10th and 11th day of the Malayalam Meenam Maasam which falls on the 24th and 25th of the year.

On the festival day thousand of Devotees visit the Temple to seek the blessings of the Goddess Bhagavathy. The men dress up in the female attire of their choice. Some wear Set saari, Pattu saari, half saari or even dance costumes.


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  • "Cross-dressing for the Goddess". Times of India. April 6, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  • "Macho men in heels". Sun2Surf. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 

External links

  • Kerala Festivals: Kottankulangara Chamayavilakku
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