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Festivals Of Kerala

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1.Makara vilakku on 14 Jan attracts lots of pilgrims to Sabarimala.For centuries, Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta has been a major pilgrim centre attracting lakhs of devotees to Kerala from all over India, more so from southern States. The presiding deity is Lord Ayyappa known as Dharma Sastha, a considered symbol of unity between Vaishnavites and Saivites. Darma Sastha is believed to have fulfilled his mission in life and rejoined his Supreme Self, enshrined at Sabarimala.
The temple is tucked away in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and can be reached only by foot. Pilgrims have to traipse through the narrow tracks in thick forests infested with wild animals. Pilgrims to Sabarimala is seasonal (November to January). This marks an important festival of Kerala.

2. Arthunkal feast celebrated On 20 January, located 7 km south west from Cherthala and 22 km north of Alappuzha. Arthunkal is a small beautiful coastal village famous for the St. Sebastian's feast at the St. Andrews Forane Church here. The Church better known as Arthunkal church, is an important Christian pilgrim center established by Portuguese missionaries. The miraculous statue of St.Sebastian in the church was brought from Milan and is placed behind an altar in the right wing of the church.

Arthunkal Perunnal, the feast of St. Sebastian, is a 10-day festival which falls in the beginning of January. The highlights of the concluding day of the festival include an extraordinary ritual where devotees crawl on their knees all the way from the nearby beach to the church. Afterward there is a ceremonial procession to the beach.

3.Aluva Shivratri In February, Aluva Shivratri is the main festival of the Aluva Shiva Temple. It is held on the banks of Periyar River, locally known as Aluva Manapuram, at Aluva. This festival is one of the most popular and spectacular local festivals of Kerala, which attracts thousands of people from all over the country.

4. Thypooyam (kavadiyattam) is celebrated at Sree Maheswara temple, Koorkanchery near Trissur.

5.Kanichukulangara festival One can enjoy one hour long fireworks at Kanichukulangara temple, Kanichukulangara Bhagavati Temple is situated at Kanichukulangara, a small village about 13 km north of Alappuzha. According to myth, the soul of a pious brahmin and the idol of Bhagavati are consecrated in small shrines inside the temple. This temple is noted for the 21 day colorful festival which is attended by thousands from every nook and corner of the region. Aarattu is grandly held on the last evening, with a procession accompanied by numerous elephants and drummers. The festival comes to an end with a dazzling display of fireworks, which attracts a large number of people of all faiths.

6. The Chettikulangara 'kettukazcha festivals conducted every year on the Bharani Nakshathram of Malayalam month ‘Kumbham - It is probably the most amazing cultural visual spectacle in Kerala.

7. Attukal ponkala at Bhagavathy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram),

9. Paripally Gajamela (near Thiruvananthapuram) has a line of more than 50 caparisoned elephants,

10. Guruvayur Elephant race,

11. Ambalapuzha Natakashala Sadya,

12. Kodungalloor Bharani.

Festivals in April are Peruvanum pooram, Arattupuzha Pooram, Vishu, Easter and Malayattoor festival.

13. Trissur Pooram festival is in April-May.

14. Ochira kali (near Kayamkulam) is in June.

15. In the month of August, Onam is celebrated all over Kerala.

16. Nehru Trophy Boat race (Alappuzha),

17. Tripunithura Attachamayam (Kochi).

18. Mannarasala (Alappuzha) Ayilyam festival is in October.

19. Kalpathy Ratholsavam (Palakkad) is in November.

20. Christmas is the main festival in December.

India Festival calendar 2009

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