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Arattupuzha Pooram Pleasures in Temple Tours in Kerala

Posted on April 30, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

The very popular Ayappa temple at Arattupuzha is around 14 kms from the town of Thrissur in God’s own country Kerala. This is also the place where the very famous Arattupuzha Pooram is celebrated on a grand scale in the month of March or April every year. Coinciding with the Malayalam month of Meenam, this is a famous festival with many elephants participating in it. The festival is mainly made up of coloured umbrellas and lovely spectacles and enthralls the devotees totally. It is the oldest kind of spectacle amongst the Kerala Pooram festivals. It is said that this is the day when there were a hundreds of Gods and Goddesses who visited the Sree Ayappa temple in ARattupuzha. There were instruments like nadaswaram, panchavadhyam, pandimelam and pacharimelam which added to this visit. Thus on this day till today, the same tradition is observed. The Arattu means the holy bath of the idol or the deity. The ritual is done with a lot of grandeur and show and is performed in the River Arattu and the next day the temple gets ready with the actual celebrations.

The Arattupuzha temple has a history that dates back to around 3000years and is mainly dedicated to Lord Ayappa. The most important festival of this lovely temple is the Arattupuzha Pooram which is a great festival of the Kerala Tourism. This is a seven day function and has many special festivals, rituals and also colourfully laden processions with the perfect ambience of tradition percussion instruments. Thousands of people come here just to see this mesmerizing spectacle and many come just to be a part of this unique festival.

Arattupuzha Pooram
This is one festival that is very special and features the largest kind of elephant pageantry and is one of the most popular temple festivals of the country. The divine gathering or the devamela is another attraction for the tourists coming here. The procession normally has around 23 deities and all of them look resplendent in the celebrations.

Ghee is offered by all the Ayappa devotees and this is used for lighting the lamps here. There are around five thousand lamps in the temple that are lighted. The purity of the ghee and the entire brightness of the lamps lends a lot of positive energy to the place. It is said that participating in this beautiful festival is in itself a blessing.

Then the next day the carpenter from the nearby village offers equipments to the head priest and then the Tantri has a lot of special and unique rituals that are done to purify the surroundings and the sanctum. The purification process continues the next day.

Arattupuzha Pooram festival
Then the following day the Lord is taken out of the temple in a procession filled with a lot of percussion instruments and also a greatly grand procession. There are five elephants which lead the procession. The rituals normally start early morning and end by sunrise.

Then the next day the Lord enters the Peruvanam temple by around 6 in the morning and the procession normally is taken out of the southern gate and is accompanied by around seven elephants. There are around 150 artists who participate in this procession. The Lord then moves through the entrance in the east and is taken out for special rituals. Then the Lord takes rest in the Thantri Illam which is the head priest’s home.

Peruvanam temple

Then the Lord reaches the temple at Piddikaparambu and then stands there facing the northern side. The Chathakkudam Saastha is seen facing west. There are elephant races that are held and then the temple rituals involve a farewell to the Chattakkudam Saastha and He comes back to Arattupuzha.

The Arattupuzha Pooram is thus a grand and very special festival in this part of the world. This year it was held in the month of April on the fourth of the month. It was a grand and unique affair and signals the ascent of prosperity and happiness in the word.

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