Introduction to Aanayoottu Festival Elephants are an integral part of South Indian society. In fact the elephants are hailed as sacred animals, which justify the almost mandatory presence of elephants in the South Indian temples. The Aanayoottoo Festival is celebrated in the precincts of the Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrisur Kerala.
Time of Aanayootto Festival in Thrisur The Aanayootto Festival is held on the first day of the month of Karkkidakam according to the Malayalam calendar. This coincides with the month of July.
Description of Aanayootto Festival It is a splendid treat to the eyes as nearly 50 unadorned elephants are positioned amid a multitude of people for being worshipped and being fed with a delicious feast. A large number of people throng the temple to feed the elephants. Every fourth year of `Aanayoottu,' `gaja pooja,' is conducted. It is believed that offering poojas and delicious feed to the elephants is a way to satisfy Lord Ganesha the god pf wealth and wish fulfillment. Vadakkunnathan temple, which is considered to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in south India, has been playing host to the Aanayottoo event for the past few years. The special feed, of the elephants include sugar-cane leaves, coconut, jaggery and the sweet mix of Ganapthi pooja prasadam. The feeding session begins with the chief priest of the temple, offering the first feed usually to a cub elephant.
Introduction to the Aarattu Festival in Kerala South India abounds in temples. The state of Kerala is no exception. These temples are the centers of a large number of fairs and festivals. There are innumerable customs and rituals that are related to these festivals and they are religiously followed at the time of the celebration of these festivals.
History of the Aarattu Festival in Kerala As mentioned before, the Aaarattu Festival is more of a ritual than a festival that is connected to the temple festivals in Kerala. The custom has been traditionally observed ever since the festivals were celebrated. However at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, this religious rite is observed with so much of ceremonial elegance and splendor that it is synonymous with celebrating a festival. The Aarattu Festival in Kerala therefore gains greater magnitude at Thiruvananthapuram.
Description of the Aarattu Festival in Kerala The unique feature of the Aarattu Festival as celebrated at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is that when the idols are taken for the holy bath, the head of the royal family of the erstwhile state of Travancore accompanies the procession. It is indeed a very grand procession that is sure to impress one with its magnificence. The idols are taken to the Shankumugham Beach and then given the purifying bath in the sea. The Aarattu Festival is also celebrated at the Sree Krishnaswamy Temple at Ambalapuzha with much brilliance even though it does not match the celebrations at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Here the festival begins with a flag hoisting ceremony. Apart from the traditional holy bath of the idol, an important feature of the festival as celebrated in this temple is that Ambalapuzha Palpayasam, a sweet dish is always offered to the lord.
Time for celebrating the Aarattu Festival in Kerala The Aarattu Festival is celebrated twice each year. It is once celebrated in the months of October - November and yet again in the months of March - April. On both the occasions, this festival lasts for a period of ten days.
Introduction to Adoor Gajamela The elephant is the most well loved and the revered animal in South India and more so in Kerala. Any temple or religious festivity without elephants do not achieve their desired altitude. Gaja is Sanskrit means elephant and mela means a fair. The Adoor Gajamela is therefore a fair of elephants.
Time of Adoor Gajamela The Adoor Gajamela is celebrated on the last day of the ten day long annual festival at Sree Parthasarathy temple Adoor.
Description of Adoor Gajamela Nine majestically caparisoned elephants take part in this spectacular procession which starts from the Parthasarathy Temple and culminates at Chennapatti temple, 3 km from Adoor. Ottanthullal other traditional art forms are also staged on the tenth day. The shrine of Partasarathy is dedicated to Lord Sree Krishna, known here in the name of Parthasarathy. Partha's is the other name for Arjun a charcter in the epic Mahabharata. And Saraythy means charioteer. Lord Krishna drove Arjun’s chariot during the Battle of Kurukshetra. The temple also celebrates Ashtamirohini the birthday anniversary of Sree Krishna. Parichamuttukali - a folk art resembling the martial steps, Mayooranritham - Peacock dance, Ammandudam, Velakali - dance symbolic of ancient warfare, etc are performed at the temple during the Ashtamirohini festival.
Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple
Introduction to the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple The Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is one of the splendid temples at Kerala. Makara Sankramam is an important ceremony held here. The festival at the Adoor Temple consists of a holy dip into the river and concludes with mass feeding. It is known as Kumbhabhishekam.
History of the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple According to the mythology, a Harijan, who was an untouchable, discovered the Shiva lingam while he was on his way to his work. Since the Shiva Lingam was discovered by a common man, the day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. People throng to the temple premises and wear their choicest costumes. They celebrate the Makara Sankramam Festival with remarkable fervor and keenness. They pay homage to the Shiva Lingam and also ask for their prosperity and overall happiness.
Description of the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple The Makara Sankraman Festival consists of feeding the poor and the needy people. It is said that doing this act serves to eliminate the sins that a person commits during his lifetime. Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is noted for its ancient Shiva Temple which is supposed to have been constructed by Arjuna, the epic hero of the Mahabharata.
The Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple lies on the southern bank of the river Payasini. The landscape is soothing to the eye. It is at this river that people take a holy dip during the Makara Sankramam Festival.
Time for the celebration of the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple The Festival at the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is held in the month of February-March. It begins with the Dwajahoranam.
Introduction to Arattupuzha Pooram The Arattupuzha Pooram is described as `the greatest Devamela on earth’ and it is the oldest pooram festival in Kerala. The `ezhunnellippu' or procession of the `thidambu' or idol of the Arattupuzha Sastha include grandly caparisoned elephants and traditional percussionists.
Time of Arattupuzha Pooram The festivities are celebrated usually ion the last week of March.
Description of Arattupuzha Pooram Aarattupuzha Pooram, is the festival that sees the largest elephant stage entry in which about 70 majestically caparisoned elephants participate. Aarattupuzha is about 14 km from Thrissur town and the famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms from Thrissur, and it is at this temple that the annual pooram festival is celbrated. The final pooram is conducted with sixty one caparisoned elephants decked up with bright colored umbrellas and parasols in the traditional manner, presenting an unparalleled spectacle. The temple ensemble and the traditional music lend a majestic tenor to the extravaganza. According to popular belief, the patron deities of the neighboring villages ride majestically caparisoned tuskers to arrive in a procession at the Arattupuzha village on the day of this festival.
Introduction to Attukal Pongala The Attukal Bhagavathy temple celebrates Pongala Festival and that is called the Attukal Bhagavathy. One of the important religious festivals of Kerala celebrated in Trivandrum, the Attukal Pongal is celebrated religiously in this temple in the presence of a number of devotees.
Time of Celebration of Attukal Pongala Held during the month of February and March it is held annually in Kerala and celebrated with lot of fun and fervor.
Description of Attukal Pongala The Pongala Mahotsavam is held in Attukal Bhagavathy Temple and is considered to be a sacred ritual. A ten day festival it starts according to the Malayalam month of Makaram-Kumbham and closes with the sacrificial offering of Kuruthitharpanam. Observed by lakhs of women, this Attukal temple turns into the “Sabrimala for women” on these days of the Attukal Pongala. The Attukal Pongala is observed strictly by the womenfolk. Amidst much fun and fervor the women cook the rice porridge with jaggery and coconut and offer it to the Goddess. The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple was built years ago by the local family. This family was believed to have had a vision of the Goddess in the dream and it was according to her wish that they built this temple. It is also believed that the deity of the temple was an avatar of the Kannaki. According to legends the local women, have made the Pongala in to propitiate Kannaki. During the Pongala festival, women dress in their best clothes and offer their prayers at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. The religious songs even continue for 9 days of the festivals along with the other celebrations. The Devi’s sword is carried by the chief priest and he blesses the ladies by sprinkling holy water and showering flowers. The blessed Pongala is then distributed amongst the devotees.
Introduction to the Cochin Carnival in Kerala The people of Kerala celebrate all its festivals with a great deal of joyous enthusiasm. The Cochin Carnival brings a lot of joy and delight to the people of Kerala. Kochi Fort is the center of all the merriment that takes place at the time of the Cochin Carnival.
History of the Cochin Carnival in Kerala The history of this grand feast dates back to the colonial era. The Portuguese welcomed the New Year with a lot of gaiety and fervor. Even though the tradition of partying and merry making has been continuing ever since, the year 1984 witnessed a revival in the festivities. It heralded the beginning of celebrations on a grander scale.
Description of the Cochin Carnival in Kerala Participation, Peace, Progress, Adventure and Environment - these are the five major factors that contribute to the essence of this vibrant fete. The ambience of Kochi Fort is filled with cheerfulness when the Kerala Cochin Carnival is celebrated. It is impressively illuminated. Being the meeting ground of a large number of people dressed in brightly colored clothes, the sight is a visual delight.
People thoroughly enjoy themselves by participating in various activities and games. Prizes are distributed to the winners but it is the spirit of participating which is of foremost importance at the Cochin Carnival. Many competitions like Beach Bike Race, Sea Swimming, Beach Football and Beach Volleyball are held and youngsters keenly take part in it. This colorful fiesta attracts the largest number of visitors on New Year's Day. On this day a grand procession is taken out. Elephants in ornamental trappings are the chief attraction of this splendid parade. One can also witness the performances of talented folk artists in this magnificent pageant. The music created by the harmonious blending of five instruments called Panchavadyam is continuously played. The elaborate displays mounted on platforms are simply spectacular. People in fancy dresses are also to be seen in this charming rally. Yet another unique feature of this festival is that even though it is celebrated in the south Indian state of Kerala, north Indian dances are very much an integral part of the procession.
Time for celebrating the Cochin Carnival in Kerala This Carnival in Cochin which is marked by unlimited fun and frolic is held each year in the last week of December.
Introduction of Edathua Perunnal Edathua Perunnal, Kerala is one of the most famous festivals in India. Edathua Perunnal Kerala is celebrated at St, George's Church, Edathua, 23 km southeast of Alappuzha town. Edathua Perunnal Kerala is a festival where life at Kerala comes to halt.
Time of Edathua Perunnal Festival Edathua Perunnal is a festival in Kerala, God's own country. This is a well recognized form of local festivals which is held around the time of the summer season. It is seen that the tentative date is between April to May. Edathua Perunnal Kerala which should ritualistically be held between April 27 and May 7 are really splendid. It is considered to be a real visual treat for the tourists who flock at the spots during the festive season.
Description of the Edathua Perunnal Kerala Built on the banks of the Pamba River, this massive shrine at Edathua where the Edathua Perunnal is held resembles the churches of medieval Europe. The annual feast here starts on April 27 with the hoisting of the festival flag and concludes on May 7. During the feast, the statue of St. George, decked in gold, is carried out and placed on the dais in the center of the basilica. All prayers and related rituals are conducted here during these days. Devotees from all parts of the state attend the festival. As in all other festivals typical of Kerala, the church grounds swarm with vendors and stalls, selling all kinds of things from food to utensils to jewelry. There are cultural performances every evening. Edathua Perunnal Kerala is one such festival which is a real crowd puller in the state.
Guruvayur Festival The grand Guruvayur festival in Kerala is a major draw for the tourists across the world. The city seems bubbling with joy and fervor as the festival days approach toward the middle of March. The gorgeously decorated elephants, splendid illumination with tall traditional lamps make for a sight to behold. The temple, constructed between 16 and 17 century is one of the foremost religious sites in Kerala. The presiding deity here is 'Guruvayurappan' (Lord Krishna). The temple still maintains its conservative norms and allows only Hindus inside. Elaborate rituals are performed regularly. Legend has it that, the rites were originally prescribed by the Hindu prophet Adi Shankaracharya who hailed from this part of Kerala. The 10-day Guruvayur festival signifies the occasion of restoration of divine Chaitanya (conscious). An elephant race inaugurates the festival. This is a unique event. The winning elephant is conferred with the honor of carrying the idol of the deity. The Guruvayur festival also showcases the cultural heritage of the region as the locals perform the traditional dances and music. The enticing dance dramas based on the myths and legends of Lord Krishna’s life are regular proceedings during the festival days.
Jagannatha Festival Jagannatha Utsavam is held in Madathilparambu, close to Kannur, every year during 17–25 February. The quite township bursts into a flurry of activities with religious conferences, fireworks, cultural programs and of course, elephant pageantry. The Jagannatha Temple is one of the most revered Hindu shrine in this part of Kerala. The temple draws much of its fame from conducting inter-caste marriages, which is still considered a taboo in many parts of India. Sree Narayana Guru, a celebrated social reformer of Kerala, founded the temple toward the beginning of the past century. It enshrines the idol of Lord Jagannatha (Siva). A statue of the founder is also housed in the temple. Jagannatha Festival continues for eight days of celebration. The seventh day is considered the most auspicious. Seven elephants decked in gorgeous fineries and clothes make a procession. Hundreds and thousands of devotees throng at the temple from every part of Kerala on the occasion of Jagannatha Festival. Another unique part of the Jagannatha Festival is the religious conferences. Scholars and social leaders from various corners of the state come to take part in the conferences. Here also you would find the glorious showcasing of the cultural richness of the region. Mind-blowing performances of traditional music and dances are staged which bring forth the heritage of the region. Add to that the gastronomic delights. No festival in India, let alone Kerala, is complete without the celebration of its unparalleled culinary heritage. Jagannatha Festival gives you a good opportunity to savor the mouthwatering traditional delicacies of Kerala.
Introduction to the Kalpathi Ratholsavam The Kalpathi Ratholsavam is an annual extravaganza that reflects the fervor of Indian culture and a forum to enjoy the varsity in the Indian culture as well. The festival of Kalpathi Ratholsavam or the chariot festivals is staged at the Sree Viswanatha Swamy temple and is attended by thousands from all across the region of South India and from the foreign soil as well. The festival is dedicated to the Lord Viswanatha or Shiva.
Time for celebrating the Kalpathi Ratholsavam in Kerala With the arrival of the month of November the district of Pallakad gets ready for the Kalpathi Ratholsavam or chariot festival which is an annual event. The festival brings in the perfect time to visit Kerala. The climate of the state even is quiet favorable for the visit.
Description of the Chettikulangara Bharani Festival in Kerala The annual festival of Kalpathi Ratholsavam or the chariot festival is a mega event in the district of Pallakad in Kerala. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is regarded as one of the most remarkable Fairs and Festivals in Kerala. The place of Kalpathi which also is famed as Dakshin Kasi or the Varanasi of the South is the venue for the festival where the Sree Viswanatha Swamy temple us situated. The temple is flanked by thousands of devotees who enjoy the Vedic recitals and cultural programs for the first four days. The rituals are believed to be around 700 years old reflecting the serenity of the festival. The last three days are exciting with the chariots on the streets and thousands gathering to draw the decorated chariot and be a part of the mega event. The ceremonial procession is taken by a host of people which itself is a sight to enjoy.
Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu Ernakulam
Introduction to Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam The Kanjiramattom mosque celebrates the Kodikuthu festival from January 13 to 14 every year.
Time of Celebration of Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu Ernakulam The Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam is celebrated on January 13th to 14th every year in Ernakulam. It is one of the annual events held in Kerala. Celebrated in the month of January it is one of the colorful festivals in Kerala.
Description of Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam Built as a memorial to Sheikh Fariduddin the Kanjiramattom mosque is the place where this festival is held. During the Chandanakkudam ritual at night the pilgrims carry pots covered with sandalwood paste and proceed in a procession to the mosque. You can get to see a glimpse of the six caparisoned and ornamented elephants and folk performances add color to the performance. You can see traditional Muslim art forms like Duffmuttu and Kolkali are also staged during the festival. The traditional art forms like the Oppana and Mappilappattu are also staged during the festival. These are song and dance performances which are a part of the Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam. One of the famous Muslim festivals of Kerala, the Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu is held 25 kms from Ernakulam. Celebrated in Kanjiramattom the Kodikuthu Festival draws number of tourists from all over. The Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam is one of the important religious festivals of Kerala. People dress in their best clothes and offer their prayers in the Kanjiramattom mosque during this festival.
Introduction to the Kodungalloor Bharani Celebrated in the honor of the snowy past of Kodungalloor which was the ancient capital of Kerala, the Kodungalloor Bharani in Kerala is a much awaited festival of Kerala. The region of Kodungalloor is the home to Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple; which incidentally is one of the wealthiest temples in India. The ceremony of Kodungalloor Bharani marks the birth of Bhadrakali, who was considered to be born from the third eye of Samhara Rudra. As myth would have it Bhadrakali went on to kill the demon Darika. The festival attracts thousands of devotees every year.
Time for celebrating the Kodungalloor Bharani Festival The Kodungalloor Bharani Festival in Kerala is one of the most awaited and famous Fairs and Festivals of Kerala. The whole of Kerala along with the other states of South India waits for the month of Meenam (March-April) every year for the festival. This is the best time to have a visit to ‘God’s own country’ with the festival and a climate to cherish the stay.
Description of the Chettikulangara Bharani With the mark of respect to the snow-white past of Kodungalloor, the whole of Kerala gears up for the Kodungalloor Bharani in Kerala. The region of Kodungalloor is known as the past capital of Kerala and is the home to the Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple, the venue to the festival and is one of the wealthiest temples of the country. The festival is attended by thousands of devotees who thronged into the temple to be a part of the occasion. The Chettikulangara Bharani festival commemorates the birth of Bahdrakali who according to the Hindu mythology was born from the third eye of Samhara Rudra and was the one who went to finish off demon Darika. The month of Meenam (March-April) is the time when the temple is flocked in by the devotees for the celebration.
Koratty Muthy's Feast
Introduction of Koratty Muthy's Feast Koratty Muthy's Feast is a festival which brings the secular world of tiny India all the more close. The feast, the most important event at the St. Mary's Church here, is attended by hundreds of devotees. Apart from the devotional rites, there is an awe-inspiring pageantry as part of the feast. * If you are willing to get there note the ways to reach there. * Chalakkudy lies on the Kochi-Thrissur route. * Nearest Railway Station:Chalakkudy, about 7 km away. * Nearest Airport:Cochin International Airport, about 24 km from Chalakkudy. * Situated close to the National Highway 47, NH47 9 Kms from Angamaly. * 5Kms from Chalakudy in Trichur,( Othwerwise known as Thrissur/Trissur) Kerala State, South India * 15 Kms from the Cochin (Kochi - Nedumbassery ) International Airport. * Adjacent to the Koratty Angady Railway Station. * 3 Kms South of Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor,Chalakudy * About seven kilometres to the south of Chalakudy, there is an ancient and beautiful village called Koratty. There is an old catholic church there built in honour of St. Mary which is locally known as "Koratty Muthy's Church".
Time of Koratty Muthy's Feast Festival Every Year this festival of Koratty Muthy's Feast occurs on 16 Oct or on the dates around that one. Every year, in the second week of October, the beautiful village of Koratty, in Thrissur district, comes alive to celebrate a feast dedicated to Virgin Mary, locally known as Koratty Muthy.
Description of the Koratty Muthy's Feast The most important festival in this church is the 'Koratty Muthy's festival celebrated during the second week of October every year. Koratty Muthy's (St Mary's) Forane church at Koratty, in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam is the most revered Marian Pilgrim Centre in India after Velankanni. Millions of Devotee’s from far and wide throng to this Holy Place every year. There are cultural performances every evening. The Annual Feast and the Festival - The Sunday after the 10th of October. The primary Devotees Include:
* The Ill and the Infirm
* Distressed Damsels yearning for their partners in life
* Parents longing for children
Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam
Introduction to Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam in Kerala is another form of those celebrated Theyyam festivals held in Kerala, God's own Country. Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy is regarded as a temple festival which is held at the Temple at Kuttikkol near Erinhipuzha, Kasaragod. The Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam festival which showcases most of the major Theyyams is a fascinating event. The festival with its psychedelic color and pageantry is unforgettable.
Time for Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Kerala Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam, Kerala the gorgeous temple festival in Kerala can be the most unforgettable experience in a tourist’s life. Every year people come from different parts of the world to witness the sacred festival of Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam. This festival of Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam occurs between 22nd of February and 26th of February every year. It begins on 22nd of February and ends after 4 days on 26th February. Theyyams presented here are really splendid. It is considered to be a real visual treat for the tourists who flock at the spots during the festive season.In Kerala, the festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam Calendar.
Description of the Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Festival Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam is one of the most popular festivals of Kerala, God's own country. Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam celebrates primarily the Mother Goddess. Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam festival at Kanatho is instrumental in highlighting the worship of deity and that with her associates. It incorporates dance, mime and music, and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures, which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits. Variety of theyyams is presented at the festival like Elayor theyyam, Chamundi theyyam, Panchoorla theyyam, Muthor theyyam etc. The annual ten-day Theyyam festival held at Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala, is recognized as one of the oldest folk art forms of India.
Introduction to Mallikarjuna Temple Festival Kasargod, located in the northernmost tip of Kerala, overlooking the Arabian Sea is a place rich in folk cultures and visual arts and is the home to a number of colorful festivals that keeps this place in Kerala vibrant all year through. Amongst the Hindu Festivals in Kasargod, the Mallikarjuna Temple Festival is one of the most important and significant festivals here.
Description of Mallikarjuna Temple Festival The festival of the Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the principal festivals of the town of Kasargod in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and follows the legend that says that the idol of Shiva was adorned by Arjuna. This festival in Kasargod attracts a large crowd who come from near and far to be a part of this auspicious occasion.
Time for celebrating Mallikarjuna Temple Festival The time for celebrating the Mallikarjuna Temple is in the month of March, for five days.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Introduction to the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala Boat Racing is to Kerala what Bull Fighting is to Spain. The presence of so many back waters facilitates the flourishing of this water sport. The large number of regattas that are held each year in the state of Kerala is an integral part of the culture of the state. In fact the Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Alappuzha is held with such a lot of fanfare that it can very well be compared with a festival.
History of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala In the year 1952, the then prime minister of India visited Alappuzha. In honor of his visit, a boat race was organized in Alappuzha. Nadubhagam Chandan emerged as the winner of this boat race. Panditji was simply elated at their success.
Description of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala The Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala is held on the Punnamda Lake in Alappuzha. The area is thronged by teeming millions who come to witness this spectacular event. The occasion attracts visitors from all across the world. The participants in this race compete fiercely to come out as winners. The sight of the men rowing the Chundans or Snake Boats is admirable. All the rowers are willing to put in their best efforts to achieve glory for their villages. It is a matter of great pride for the villagers to achieve victory in this race. There is a frenzied excitement in the air. The air reverberates with cheers and applauses.
Time for celebrating the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala Each year the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of the month of August.
Introduction to the Onam in Kerala Of all the festivals that are celebrated in the state of Kerala, it is Onam which is marked by the greatest of ostentation and ceremony. The ambience is colored with the same cheer that fills the people's hearts.
History of the Onam in Kerala There is a very interesting story that is associated with the celebration of Onam in Kerala. Legend says that there was a very just and good king in Kerala. This king Mahabali was genuinely concerned about the welfare of his people. His subjects not only owed allegiance to him but also loved and respected him. This mutual relationship of love and harmony made the Gods in heaven jealous for King Mahabali belonged to the demon race.
Description of the Onam in Kerala There are several customs and traditions that are associated with the festival of Onam. The houses are cleaned and the courtyards are beautifully decorated with designs made of flowers (pookkalam). In the evenings, oil lamps illuminate the courtyards. Women are seen performing the Thiruvathirakali dance around the lamps. People wear new dresses. A grand lunch forms part of the festivities. The sweet dish Payasam is an important item in the menu. Many boat races are also organized when this festival is celebrated in Kerala. Each and every household in Kerala enthusiastically participate in the high spirited merriment. The ceremonial elegance and splendor of Onam is unmatched by any other Kerala festival.
Time for celebrating the Onam in Kerala Onam is celebrated each year in the Malayalam Month of Chingam. This falls either at the end of the month of August or in the beginning of the month of September.
Introduction to Paripally Gajamela The Paripally Galamela is celebrated at Paripally, 48 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. During this elephant fair over 50 elephants are taken out on a ritual procession on the tenth day of the festival.
Time of the Paripally Gajamela The Paripally Gajamela is celebrated every year in February-March.
Description of Paripally Gajamela The Paripally Gajamela takes place at the Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple. The elephant procession takes place on the tenth day of the annual festivities at the temple. A unique practice observed during these festivities is the ritual offering of elephants to deities as Nercha- offering. It is a popular belief that an offering of elephants satisfies the deity and grants all the wishes of the devotees. The festival is punctuated by cultural programs and culminates in the Paripally Gajamela- the mega elephant pageant held as part of the annual festival on the tenth day of festivities at the Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. About a 100 gorgeously caparisoned elephants are lined up for the event. Gaja is Sanskrit means elephant and Mela means pageant of fair to be more precise- hence the name gajamela. Most Hindu religious festivals of Kerala feature spectacular elephant processions. The pooram and vela festivals are the best occasions to watch the majestic tuskers when they are taken out in all their caparisoned splendor. During the festival, colorfully decked up elephants, numbering fifteen to hundred or more, line up on the temple premises. With mahouts atop them, holding high tinselled silk parasols (muthukuda) and swaying white tufts (venchamaram) and peacock feather fans (aalavattom) to the rhythm of the temple orchestra.
Introduction of Parumala Perunnal Kerala Parumala Perunnal, the glorious festival celebrated in Kerala is one of the most famous celebrations held in the evergreen state of India. Parumala Perunnal in Kerala is celebrated at Parumala St. Peter's & St. Paul's Orthodox Church, Parumala, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta. Parumala Perunnal Kerala is a festival where life at Kerala comes to halt. Parumala Perunnal Kerala is celebrated at a convenient place making it easier for the tourists to reach the place and find grace in the occasion if you want to reach the place you must know the following information:
* Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 11 km away.
* Nearest airports: Cochin International Airport, about 105 km from Thiruvalla
Time of Parumala Perunnal Kerala Parumala Perunnal Kerala is a festival in Kerala, God's own country. This is a well recognized form of local festivals which is held around the time of the summer season. It is seen that the tentative date is from April to May. Parumala Perunnal Kerala which is ritualistically held primarily on November 02 is really splendid. It is considered to be a real visual treat for the tourists who flock at the spots during the festive season.
Description of the Parumala Perunnal Kerala The annual Perunnal or feast at the Parumala Church in Thiruvalla is arranged as a compulsion in order to commemorate the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The bishop is interred in the church during the auspicious the occasion. During the Orma Perunnal day or commemorative feast, special prayers are offered and rituals performed.
There is also a ceremonial procession through the town, attended by devotees from all over the State. All prayers and related rituals are conducted here during these days with great enthusiasm. Devotees from all parts of the state attend the festival. As in all other festivals typical of Kerala, the church grounds swarm with vendors and stalls, selling all kinds of things from food to utensils to jewelry. There are cultural performances every evening. Parumala Perunnal Kerala is one such festival which is a real crowd puller in the state. In Kerala, some of the festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam Calendar. Local practices also influence the dates of some traditional, customary and auspicious events. Being the case, the dates appearing in this section are approximate, which the users need to confirm with the local authorities.
Introduction to the Swathi Festival in Kerala The beautiful state of Kerala is well known for its rich and varied cultural heritage. The multi hued culture of the land is best manifested in the fairs and festivals that are celebrated in the state of Kerala. The Swathi Festival in Kerala is one such festival which gloriously reflects the musical traditions of the land and showcases the musical talents of individuals from each and every nook and corner of the country.
History of the Swathi Festival in Kerala The Swathi Festival in Kerala is organized each year by the Government of Kerala. The venue of this grand musical extravaganza is the Kuthiramalika Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. There is a reason behind choosing this palace as the location. The famous king of the erstwhile state of Travancore Swathi Thirunal was a celebrated poet and musician as well. He had composed many of his memorable verses in this palace itself. So there could not have been any better place to carry on the musical legacy of this gifted man.
Description of the Swathi Festival in Kerala On the occasion of the Swathi Musical Festival in Kerala, a large number of eminent musical personalities from all over the country gather at the Kuthiramalika Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy the musical shows that are put up by them. You can derive pleasure by listening to their songs. The sheer variety and brilliance of Indian Classical Music is sure to leave everyone spell bound. It is a privilege to witness this venerable gathering of esteemed artists. One is sure to remain riveted to one's seat once any of the masters start performing. The Swathi Musical Festival in Kerala is a superb musical gathering which helps you to comprehend the richness of Indian classical music. It also gives the talented individuals belonging to this sphere of performing art the chance to display their aptitude. It is indeed a gala celebration where the musical brilliance of reputed individuals leaves one completely mesmerized.
Time for celebrating the Swathi Festival in Kerala The Swathi Festival is celebrated each year in the last week of January.
Aranmula Boat Race
Introduction to the Aranmula Boat Race in Kerala Boat Racing is one of the foremost cultural attractions in the beautiful state of Kerala. In God’s Own Country, a large number of regattas are organized each year. A large number of people enthusiastically participate in this aquatic event not just as participants but also as viewers. The Aranmula Boat Race is held in Kerala with a great deal of fervor and vigor.
History of the Aranmula Boat Race in Kerala According to legend, a devotee was once carrying offerings for Lord Krishna. Unfortunately his boat was looted. This broke his heart and in order to give him consolation, God himself appeared before him. He was advised to make larger boats so that they could be rowed by several men and could easily make its way through the water. This is how the snake boats originated. The people of Aranmula even believe that on the day of the race the boat possesses and shares some of the attributes of God.
Description of the Aranmula Boat Race in Kerala The boat race in Aranmula is held on the River Pampa. A temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna is located at Aranmula. The boat race takes place in the vicinity of this Parthasarathy temple. The banks of the Pampa River are overcrowded with people who are keen on witnessing this impressive event. The small hamlets on the banks of the Pampa Rivers are the contestants of this boat race. But it would be more appropriate to term it as part of festive celebrations rather than as a competition. It is true that that winning does bring a lot of joy to the villagers but there is no fierce rivalry between them. 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen and 25 singers are seen in these 100 ft long snake boats or Chundan Vallams. The atmosphere is simply exhilarating when these boats start moving to reach the finishing line. The songs as well as the shouts and cheers fill the air. The joyous excitement of the crowd reaches its high water mark. It is indeed a visual treat to watch the ornamentally decorated boats racing through the water. They are beautifully adorned with golden laces, colorful flags and opulently decorated umbrellas. The rowers are also dressed in the same attire – spotlessly white dhotis and turbans.
Time for celebrating the Aranmula Boat Race in Kerala The Aranmula Boat Race begins each year on the last day of the Onam festival. It lasts for two days.
Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple
Introduction to the Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple Annual Festival The Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple is located at Kasargod District and the Annual festival here is a colorful experience. This brings gusto a fresh air to the lives of ordinary men and ensures health and happiness to their lives. The Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple celebrates its Annual festival for five days. During the festival the presiding deity of the Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple is taken out in a long procession. Display of folk dances and folk music in the procession makes it all the more pleasant.
Description of the Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple Annual Festival The temple has been devoted to Lord Vinayaka. He is believed to be the destroyer of all obstacles. He is also supposed to flower success in the lives of men. Since success is indispensable it is sincerely sought by mankind. The Lord Vinayaka can be pleased by sweets and other food items, since he is believed to be a great lover of foods. The temple Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple stands amidst a lush green landscape and enjoys the charm of Kerala and the enthusiasm of Karnataka. The perfect blend of architectural stye in the Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple makes it a worthy place for the tourists. The temple is actually two storied and the splendid architecture is eye catching. The temple is located just 8 kilometers from the Kasargod Town.
Time for the celebration of the Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple Annual Festival The festival at Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple is celebrated for 5 days and is visited by people from across the country.
Introduction to Arthunkal Perunnal Arthunkal Perunnal is a leading festival in Kerala, God's own country which speaks of secularism in Indian subcontinent. Actually this festival or the celebration refers to the feast of St. Sebastian. Arthunkal Perunnal Kerala is a 10-day festival which falls sometime in the beginning of January.
Time for Arthunkal Perunnal Festival St. Sebastian's Church, Arthunkal, Alappuzha district is the venue where Arthunkal Perunnal Kerala is held If you want tor each the spot on the eventful days then you will have to go through the nearest railway station- Cherthala which lies at a distance of about 6 km away from Arthunkal. The Nearest airport to reach is that of Cochin International Airport which is at a distance of about 85 km from Alappuzha. Arthunkal Perunnal Kerala is a 10-day festival which falls sometime in the beginning of January. It is considered to be a real visual treat for the tourists who flock at the spots during the festive season. In Kerala, the festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam Calendar. Local practices also influence the dates of some traditional, customary and auspicious events. Being the case, the dates appearing in this section are approximate, which the users need to confirm with the local authorities.
Description of the Arthunkal Perunnal Kerala Arthunkal Perunnal is regarded as one of the most meaningful celebration of ritualistic beliefs. it is one of such festivals which accentuates the integrity of the state. The highlights of the concluding day of the festival include an extraordinary ritual devotees crawl on their knees all the way from the nearby beach to the church. Afterwards there is a ceremonial procession to the beach.
Introduction to Chinakkathoor Pooram The Chinakkathoor Pooram is held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple, at Palappuram in the district of Palakkad in north Kerala. The limelight of the festival is on a grand procession of 33 tuskers.
Time of Chinakkathoor Pooram Festival The Chinakkathoor Festival is celebrated every year in March.
Description of Chinakkathoor Pooram The highlight of the evening festivities is a grand procession of 33 tuskers. Traditional performances of the Panchavadyam or the temple orchestra and various other art forms like Vellattu, Theyyam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, Karivela, and so on are also performed. The Tholppavakkoothu, a ritualistic shadow puppet show, is performed at the temple premises every evening for the 17 days preceding the concluding festival. Another beautiful sight is the procession of sixteen well-decorated models of the kuthira (horse) and the kaala (bull) brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees.
Feast at Parumala
Introduction to Feast at Parumala The annual feast at Parumala is the feast in honor of St. Gregorios, the only canonised saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The feast is celebrated at the St. Paul's and St Peter's Church at Parumala with much religious fervor.
Time of Feast at Parumala Festival The feast at Parumala is celebrated every November in the first week of the month.
Description of Feast at Parumala The church town of Parumala turns into a throbbing town with thousands of devotees turning up to offer prayers at the saint's tomb. The festivities begin with the Catholicose of the East and the Malankara Metropolitian, leading the holy tri-mass at the Parumala Church that houses the saint's tomb. The mass is at times followed by theological discussions and seminars. The celebrations at the Parumala Church come to an end with a holy Raasa followed by the Kodiyirakku ceremony later in the afternoon.
Introduction to Vishu Festival Vishu was originally not a Hindu festival. According to popular belief which finds equivalents in other societies as well, the first thing people see or do or experience, decides the average flavor of the New Year. People therefore try to spend the day in merry making and doing those things that are hailed as lucky.
Time of Vishu The Vishu is celebrated on first day of Medam- the first month according to the Malayalam calendar which coincides with the month of April. This is the astronomical New Year Day when the sun crosses the equator.
Description of Vishu Festival Thus the 'Vishukkani'- an assortment of auspicious objects to make the New Year lucky has over the years become a ritual. This is performed by gathering in a brass vessel, articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, areca nut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers 'konna' (cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins. The vessel on which these are gathered is called ‘uruli’. A brass lamp called nilavilakku is also lighted and alongside. Family members are blindfolded and then brought before the Vishu Kani and their blindfolds are removed so that they can view it. As in all other Indian festivals, a great feast at home marls the high point and conclusion of festivities. People of every household wake up early and get set to arrange for the rituals. Vishu Festival also marks the giving of gifts to the younger generation.
Introduction to Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala The Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Durga and considered to be one of the sacred festivals in Kerala. There are hundreds of tribesmen in the district who celebrate this festival in Kerala. It is celebrated in the Wayanad district of Kerala. Indianholiday.com offers online information on Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala.
Time of Celebration of Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala This is an annual 14 day event which takes place during the month of March. Tribal people celebrate this festival with much revelry. If you wish to see the tribal art and dance of Kerala then check out the Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala. This year the Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala was held on the 15th of March.
Description of Valliyoorkavu Festival Kerala Valliyoorkavu Festival is celebrated in the Wayanad district on the Wayanad Hills at the Valliyoorkavu Temple. In this temple Goddess Bhagavathy is worshipped and here this festival takes place. The town is located 3 kms from Mananthavady town. It is believed the idol of the temple is self manifested and to worship this Goddess Bhagavathy, an annual festival is held every year. The traditional ritual Kalamezhuthu is performed during all nights of the festival. During the final day you can get to see different folk art forms of Kerala in the Valliyoorkavu Festival in Kerala. Get a glimpse of the dances performed by the local tribes. These tribes use native percussion instruments, which are one of the major attractions of the place. People from all over come to get a glimpse of the Valliyoorkavu Festival in Kerala. The colorful festival of Kerala gives you an insight into the different art and dance forms off Kerala.
Trikkannad Siva Temple
Introduction to the Trikkannad Siva Temple The Trikkannad Siva Temple is located on the shore of the Arabian Sea. It is situated at a radius of 1 kilometer from the renowned Bekal Bridge. This temple is also known as Dakshina Kashi. The location of this temple is unique and it provides the worshippers an opportunity to make their appeal to God. It is said that all the appeals are granted here by the Almighty. So, people horde here during the festive occasions. They dress up in their choicest attires and pay homage to the God at the Trikkannad Siva Temple.
History of the Trikkannad Siva Temple Once a Pandyan ruler tried to attack the Shiva temple and the presiding deity of this temple set fire to his ship and turned him into a rock. In this rock the famous Trikkannad Siva Temple is located. This temple is also known as Dakshina Kashi.
Description of the Trikkannad Siva Temple As the name suggests Lord Shiva is the principle deity of the Trikkanad Temple. He is known by various names like Nilkantha, Bhairava or Bholanath in other parts of the country. The festival of Trikkannad Siva Temple continues for one week and has a number of assisting programs. These include Flag Hosting, Ashtami Vikallu and Pallivatta. The special feature of this temple is that it faces the west. Thousands of devotees come here in order to see the splendid festival. The rope used for the purpose of Dhwajarohanam is similar to the rope used at the other temple located a few kilometers from this temple.
Time for the celebration of the Trikkannad Siva Temple Every year during March-April celebration takes place in Trikkannad Siva Temple.
The Great Elephant March
Introduction to Great Elephant March The Great Elephant March is the greatest feat- a big time gathering of Indian tuskers set about a trip around Kerala- all decked up and ready to be worshipped and pampered by devotees and onlookers who choose to keep the elephants satiated since that according to their popular belief, keeps the Lord of wealth and wish fulfillment- Lord Ganesha satisfied. Incidentally, the Lord Ganesha has the head of an elephant. However, the Great Elephant March has little or no religious significance behind it. It is by and large an attempt to boost tourism and to attract foreign tourists who have quite a fad for Indian festivals and rituals.
Time of Great Elephant March The Great Elephant March takes place every year from 17th to 20th January.
Description of Great Elephant March The march begins in Trichur Thekkinkadu grounds and ends in Thiruvananthapuram. The march begins with a magnificent array of elegantly caparisoned Tuskers standing tall with their mahouts. You can feed the elephants while the traditional 'Melam' (Kerala orchestra) plays on traditional pieces. After the ritual feeding and folk dance performance, it is time for you to enjoy a sumptuous traditional Keralian lunch. After lunch you can enjoy an exciting ride atop the elephants at the Thekkinkadu grounds. The inaugural day usually comes to end with splendid safaris. On the second day of the march the caravan reaches Cochin. Visit the old city or take a cruise on the emerald backwaters. Or take a walk down the Cochin Marine Drive. The next stop on the great march is Alleppey a major backwater destination in Kerala. Take a trip down the narrow manmade canals on local country boats or rice boats. Visit the coir industry and see how rope is churned out or coir. You can also purchase show pieces made of coir for home. The grand finale of the march is to be at Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum, the state capital. Spend the day as you wish- visit the Kovalam Beach or the Ranganathaswamy Temple. In the evening experience the Great Elephant Show arranged in a typical rural ambience. The show recreates the fabled Thrissur Pooram festival, which celebrates the friendly rivalry between two temple factions. A cultural program follows featuring martial arts, dances with the mesmerising crescendo of Panchavadyam. It is at Trivandrum that your elephant pals bid you adieu with a salute leaving you to indulge in a seaside barbecue and fireworks display.
Introduction to the Pulikali in Kerala Come Onam, the most talked about Fairs and Festivals of Kerala, and is the time for Pulikali in Kerala; the most colorful festival o Kerala. Pulikali is an annual event in Kerala which involves the performing arts of colorful dances and is mainly staged in the Trichur and Palghat districts. The form of art is also called as Kaduvaakali and it attracts visitors from all across the state and from the neighboring region as well. The dancers in the fray are usually three or more in number and they are dressed up in various costumes depicting themselves as animals and other creatures as well. The dancers perform to the loud sound of the music, drums and other percussions like udukku, thakil and many more.
Time for celebrating the Pulikali in Kerala The usual time for the celebration of Pulikali is the first week of September on the occasion of Onam. The artists come up with many enactments of different forms that are truly colorful. Pulikali is a very colorful display of recreational folk art from presented in the form of dances. The time for Onam is the perfect time to hit the state as the whole of the state remains engulfed in the festivity mood.
Description of the Pulikali in Kerala The colorful display of the folk art at the time of Onam in Kerala in the form of dance and performances are termed as Pulikali. The art also known as Kaduvaakali is a 200 year old form which has been very carefully preserved by the artists of the state. The form is performed by the trained artists who stage it just to entertain the locals and the visitors. The word Pulikali literally means the 'play of the tigers' so the performance revolves around the theme of tiger hunting. This folk art is mainly staged and practiced in the district of Thissur and Palaghat. The best place to catch the glimpse of the performance is the Swaraj Ground at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam. The make-up for the show is a painstaking affair with the artists getting themselves ready from the late hours of the night.
Introduction to Oachirakkali Festival The state of Kerala in the southern most part of India is as varied as the colorful assortment of the various festivals of Kerala. The Oachirakkali Festival is an expression of the spirit of celebration in Kerala, and this spirit is an essential part of the State. The Festivals and Fairs in Kerala are observed with much fervor and fun, and these festivals are like gemstones, which embellishes the crown of Kerala tradition and culture. These Fairs and Festivals of Kerala go on throughout the year, which keeps the state of Kerala-life vivacious and interludes in the routine functions of life. Kerala observes a new festival with every new season, and each festival is a proper celebration of the amplitudes of nature. The Kerala Fairs and Festivals exhibit an everlasting harmony of will. These festivals are packed with fun and excitement and are the proper occasion to clean and decorate the houses, arrange for a gathering with friends and relatives and to exchange gifts.
Description of Oachirakkali Festival The Oachirakkali Festival is held in the state of Kerala in the southernmost part of India. The Oachirakkali Festival in Kerala is celebrated at the venue of the Oachira Temple, located at a distance of nearly 32 kilometers from Kollam. The Oachirakkali is also known as Oachira Dance and the Oachirakkali Festival is a kind of ancient, but organized mock battle. Unlike all the other temples in Kerala, there is no shrine or idol at the Oachira Temple. The principal divine being of the Oachira Temple is known as the Parabrahmam or the Cosmic Consciousness. During the Festival of Oachirakkali in Kerala, many rows of men are dressed up in ancient soldier's costumes. They wave their shields and wooden swords and advance and move back to the tempo of traditional drums.
Time of Celebration of Oachirakkali Festival The Kerala Oachirakkali Festival or the Oachira Dance festival is held in the month of June every year in the state of Kerala in South India.
Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam
Introduction to the Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is one of the Theyyam festivals held in the state of Kerala. Theyyams that occur during Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam are ritual dances performed by men in northern Kerala. These grand dances offer travelers a unique cultural diversion from the anodyne these are spectacular dance performances which is typically related to the New Year's Eve. There are around 400 varieties of theyyam, each representing a mythological, divine or heroic character. Body painting, costumes and trance-like performances attract onlookers, with the setting of ancient shrines and temples contributing to the atmosphere.
Time for Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Festival Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is a festival in Kerala, God's own country. This is a well recognized form of Theyyam festivals which is held around the time of New Years Eve. It is seen that the tentative date is from 6th December to 6th January. The theyyams at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam which should ritualistically be held from December 28-January 1 are really splendid. It is considered to be a real visual treat for the tourists who flock at the spots during the festive season.
Description of the Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam in Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is one of the most popular festivals of Kerala. It is the worship of the deity; on the other hand, the dancer is also the deity. Theyyam celebrates primarily the Mother Goddess. Animals, serpents and trees also figure in worship as promising entities. Theyyam festival at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam highlights the worship of deity and that with her associates. Variety of theyyams is presented at the festival like Elayor theyyam, Chamundi theyyam, Panchoorla theyyam, Muthor theyyam etc. The annual ten-day Theyyam festival held at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala, is recognised as one of the oldest folk art forms of India. It incorporates dance, mime and music, and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures, which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits. In Kerala, the festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam Calendar. Local practices also influence the dates of some traditional, customary and auspicious events. Being the case, the dates appearing in this section are approximate, which the users need to confirm with the local authorities.
Introduction of Manarcad Perunnal Manarcad Perunnal is the occasion celebrating the annual feast at the St. Mary's Church at Manarcad. This festival is generally held September 1-8 every year. Manarcad Perunnal is also known as Ettunombu Perunnal which literally means eight day prayer and fasting. This is the feast of Immaculate Conception celebrated by the Christian community of Kerala. If you are eager to go there and be a part of the festivity you need to keep in mind these features:
* Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 10 km away.
* Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 76 km from Kottayam.
* Manarcad is just 10 kilometres drive from Kottayam town.
Time of Manarcad Perunnal Festival The normal date for this festival in Kerala is 9th September or a date on and around this date. In Kerala, some of the festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam Calendar. Local practices also influence the dates of some traditional, customary and auspicious events. Being the case, the dates appearing in this section are approximate, which the users need to confirm with the local authorities.
Description of the Manarcad Perunnal Festival Kerala Manarcad Perunnal is the annual feast at the St.Mary’s church at Manarcad, Kottayam in Kerala. Manarcad Perunnal is actually the ceremonious Ettunombu Perunnal or eight day prayer and fasting. The fast commences by the beginning of September every year. The devotees observe the fast stay at the church from morning till night. The main offering of the church is made in the form of Muthukkuda which are highly decked parasols. On the last three days of the Perunnal or the celebrations, there will be processions carrying golden crosses and thousands of devotees accompany this with colorful embellished umbrellas. The church has a holy tank and a golden cross, which are considered sacred and which are taken special care of on these auspicious days. On the last three days of the feast the celebrations reach its peak. The processions that are held with golden crosses are accompanied by and visited by thousands of devotees.