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Kerala is known as God’s own city. It can treat your eyes with her nature. This state is full of green, which can leave a cool and soothing effect on your eyes and on your soul. This state always enriched with various kinds of culture. This state always maintains a cultural and ethnic harmony among the different communities of this state. The heritage and culture and the pleasant nature make it the queen of everyone’s heart. Throughout the year, you can see that various kinds of festivals are celebrated by the common people. And, tourists who are visiting this place also can enjoy the true flavour of Kerala. The Thirunakkara Arattu is such kind of festival, which is celebrated with huge enthusiasm.
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date:
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2017- 15 to 24 March
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2018- Month of March, Dates to be announced
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2019- Month of March, Dates to be announced
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2020- Month of March, Dates to be announced
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2021- Month of March, Dates to be announced
Thirunakkara Arattu Festival Date 2022- Month of March, Dates to be announced
The Thirunakkara Arattu is a kind of temple festival, which is celebrated in the Thirunakkara Mahaeva temple. This temple is located in the heart of the Kottaym. It is a district of Kerala. The devotees worship Lord Mahadeva in this temple. Here Lord Mahadeva is known as ‘Arattu’. This auspicious occasion is celebrated in a very passionate manner. This celebration continues for ten days. And, it is concluded with the bathing ceremony of Lord Mahadev.
You can see that a chain of nine elephants that are beautifully ornamented and well decorated, accompanying Lord Mahadeva idol. The procession of the bathing ceremony usually happened in the noon. The procession is also accompanied by the drummers and the local folk dancers. The Kathakali dance form, which is mystic and one of the great dance forms of the Kerala, is one of the important and invariable parts of this festival. The Kathakali dancers are dressed up with colorful and beautiful attires and nicely designed mask.
On the third and fourth day of the festival, the Kathakali dancers perform a night long dance in the compound of the temple. You also can see some other traditional forms of Kerala like Mayilattom or the peacock dance, Velakali and many more. A motif procession also can be seen in the compound of the temple. According the Malayalam calendar, this grand festival starts from the 1st day of the Meenam month. And it usually has fallen in March or April month. In 2013, this festival is celebrated on March 15th to Marh 24th. You also can find different kinds of foods and shops in this festival. A tourist who is coming to join this festival can enjoy it at its fullest.
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