Temple festivals of Kerala

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View of a huge nandikesh from Nooranad Padanilam Sivarathri

Kerala which is often referred to as 'God's Own Country' has a large number of Hindu temples. Many of the temples have unique traditions and most hold festivals on specific days of the year. Temple festivals usually continue for a number of days. A common characteristic of these festivals is the hoisting of a holy flag which is then brought down only on the final day of the festival. Some festivals include Poorams, the most famous of these being the Thrissur Pooram. Temples that can afford it will usually involve at least one richly caparisoned elephant as part of the festivities. The idol of the God in the temple is taken out on a procession around the countryside atop this elephant. When the procession visits homes around the temple, people will usually present rice, coconuts, and other offerings to the God. Processions often include traditional music such as Panchari melam or Panchavadyam. The festivals of Kerala are famous around the Globe due to its diversity of experience.[1]

The major Hindu temple festivals in the state are Makaravilakku at Sabarimala, Thaippooyakavadi at Keezhattingal Subrahmnya swami temple,Attingal, Nenmara Vallangi Vela, Thrissur Pooram, Attukal Pongala in Trivandrum's famous Attukal Temple, Vrishchikotsavam in Tripunithura Sree Poornathrayeesa temple, Utsavams in Padmanabha swami temple at Trivandrum, Ashtami at Vaikom temple, Kodungalloor Bharani, Chettikulangara Bharani at Mavelikkara, Guruvayoor Anayottam, Chottanikkara Makam and Sivarathri festival in Aluva temple and Padanilam temple at Mavelikkara, Maradu Thalappoli at Maradu, Kalpathy Ratholsavam Palakkad.

Major temple festivals
Name Location
Makaravilakku Sabarimala
Thrissur Pooram Thrissur
Chinakkathoor Pooram Chinakkathoor Temple, Ottapalam
Attukal Pongala Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Irupethettam Onam Oachira Temple
Vrishchikotsavam Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Tripunithura
Utsavams Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Ashtami Vaikom Temple, Kodungalloor Bharani
Chembai Sangeetholsavam Guruvayoor
Maha Shivaratri Aluva Temple, Maradu
ponkalamaholsavam Anikkattilammakshethram, Mallappally
Thiruvabharana Ghoshayathra Valiyakoickal Temple, Pandalam
Vela Nenmara, Vallanghy
Kalpathy Ratholsavam Kalpathy,Palakkad