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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Annanad temple festival, Chalakudy, Kerala

Annanad (please zoom out on the map to the right to see the location) is a village 2 km west from NH-47 (Salem-Kanyakumari National Highway) at Muringoor, south of Chalakudy in central Kerala. Sri Dharmasastha is the diety at the Veluppilly temple, and as with every Kerala temple, here too an annual temple festival is celebrated with traditional fervour. This year, the D-day falls on 23 Feb - the day of 'Uthram' star of the Kumbham lunar month (Feb-Mar). As I look forward to attending the festival after a very long wait, I hear a nostalgic localite trying to put into words childhood impressions of his village's grand day. "A micro-miniature version of the Trissur Pooram festival", he tries to explain. "Those days (in the 70's and 80's), there were huge trees in the space in front of the temple, including a (jokingly christened) 'Almaa' (a banyan and a mango tree with intertwined branches), and another 'Maaplaa' (a mango tree and a jackfruit tree with intertwined branches)". The trees had formed the backdrop for the festivities, but not any longer...
The diety's 'cavalcade' consists of oil-torch bearers, followed by the 'panchavaadya' team, five caparisoned elephants with the diety mounted on the biggest pachyderm, each with 'Venchaamarams', 'Aalavattams', and 'Muthukudaas'.
Photo courtesy www.thehinduimages.com
Pl await a first-hand account...
That's next weekend.
[Right now, this weekend, the Arangali kadavu on the Chalakudy river at Annanad is witnessing a cultural fest - tourism promotion efforts, presumably. One fervently hopes all parties - localites, ministers and visitors consciously remember to encourage only eco-tourism, and accord the river, the beaches and the greenery due respect to save them from the slow death that has been looming on the horizon]

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Blogger flyingstars said...

lovely reading about this festival & the customs!

28 February, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, KS
That should get me going on the promised update.

28 February, 2008  
Blogger JYOTHISH said...

r u from annanad?

13 June, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Yes (it's my home-in-law), lovely place. Are you from anywhere near?

13 June, 2009  
Blogger Eraser said...

I am from Annanad,my home is just a 5 mins walk from the Temple.

09 October, 2009  
Blogger Shyama.Nair said...

Ya truly Uthram Vilakku is one of the festival that the people in & around love to remember & wait too...I am Shyama Nair from Annanad.

10 October, 2011  
Blogger Kerala Tourism said...

Kerala is a place with many good destinations to visit and enjoy the vacation. India Tourism provides many opportunities to see all the natural beauty in India. In Kerala Tourism tourist will get all the opportunities to see the Kerala destinations like backwaters, houseboats, temples, etc.

30 November, 2012  

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