Paripally Gajamela –The Festivals of Elephants
The festival of Paripally Gajamela is held every year in the month of March. Gajamela literally means the festivals of elephants who participate this event in huge number. In these festivals, more than 50 elephants participate. It is believed that worshiping elephants is important. The festival is incomplete without the participation of elephants.
Celebrations in Paripally Gajamela
The Paripally Gajamela is observed and celebrated at the Paripally village located at 48km from the north of Trivandrum. This event is celebrated near to Sree Bhadrakaali temple. The procession of elephant starts on the 10th day from starting of the event. At this event, unique procession is observed. People of Paripally believe that worshipping elephants is very significant. Nercha is offered as the blessed rituals to the elephants. By offering rituals to the elephants, people believe that god is satisfied and all wishes made by devotees will come true.
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date:
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2017- 05 March
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2018- In the month of March, to be announced
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2019- In the month of March, to be announced
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2020- In the month of March, to be announced
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2021- In the month of March, to be announced
Paripally Gajamela Festival Date 2022- In the month of March, to be announced
Elephant Decoration in Paripally Gajamela
The people of Paripally comes together to decorated the Gaja i.e. elephant for this event. They beautifully decorate the head of the Gaja which is something unique and exceptional. They placed beautiful crown on the head of the elephant. Apart from these, they put garland on all elephants which is handmade. The uniqueness of the festival is something that you will mesmerize. An annual parade is arranged in which more than 50 elephants participate. The procession is done with exceptional rituals that are worth to see.
At the event, music is one of the best attractions that you will experience. The thaals, drums and local instrument create a vibrant sound so that you will start grooving along them. The colourful decked elephants also participate in dancing event by nodding their heads on the music style. Everything is accompanied by the pleasant musical in which panchvadyam i.e. five instruments has be to present. Yet, another highlight of the festivals is that tourist from all over the world attend this event. You can witness some of the local culture and traditions followed with dance and musical harmony. At this event, many of the local people prepare sumptuous food. Some of the people distribute these sumptuous foods to the beggars who are sitting near the Bhadrakaali temple. The sumptuous food is made with real ingredients without compromising on the quality. Since the temple is close to Trivandrum, a visit to the beautiful city is must. Along with the festive mood you will be pleased to witness the exquisite beauty of the place.
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