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Pariyanampetta Pooram festival is a seven days event celebrated at the famous Pariyanampatta temple in Palakkad district of Kerala. This famous temple is dedicated to Maa Bhagvathy (Divine Goddess). Palakkad district is often called as God’s own country. This special festival is celebrated on the Kumbam month according to the Malayalam calendar. It falls approximately in the month of February. It falls approximately in the 2nd-3rd week of Feb.
The centre of attraction is the ritual of Kalamezhuthu Pattu. Kalamezhuthu Pattu is a colourful, a religious or solemn ceremony in which the images of Maa Bhagvathy are drawn on the floor using coloured powders. According to history, the ruler of Kochi, Sakthan Thampuran had introduced Pariyanampetta Pooram festival.
Pariyanampetta festival is marked by traditional arts like Kuthiravela (horse theme display), Puthanum thirayum, Kaalavela (bull theme display) etc. This special day is also marked with march of 21 caparisoned elephants on the last day. A traditional cultural celebration with performances, folk arts and dance shows like Kalamezhuthupattu, Thira, Tholpavakoothu, Karivela, Pootham, Kaalavela, Kathakali, Kuthiravela etc. bring a cheery smile on the faces of folks.
Elephant is regarded as holy animal in Kerala; so folks gather in hordes around the procession to get blessings from them. The traditional musical shows and elephants are integral parts of festivals in Southern India- Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kaalavela and Kuthiravela folk arts and others traditional performance like Poothanum Thirayum make this occasion a highly entertaining one.
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