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The Delights of Chinakkathoor Pooram in Kerala

By: Akshatha Vinayak

Festivals are the best ways to know about vivacious cultures. Chinakkathoor Pooram is one such festival which brings out the best of Kerala.

Chinakkathoor Pooram 2016 was recently held on 22nd of February. It is an annual festival which is organised in Sri Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple complex at Ottappalam, Palakkad. . It is also one of the festivals where elephant procession is held in Kerala.

The grand parade of 33 tuskers is the highlight of Chinakkathoor Pooram in Kerala. However, this year effigies of elephants were also used along with  the real ones. The traditional orchestra Panchavadyam and the procession of art forms like Theyyam, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, etc. enthrall the audience.

Other highlights of this festival are the puppet show, Tholppavakoothu and the procession of Kuthira (horse) and the Kaala (bull) models. Overall, this annual extravaganza is celebrated with all the fun and fervour.

Shall we look at the celebrations of Chinakkathoor Pooram 2016?!

Theyyam

Theyyam

A majestic crimson red Theyyam vesham (a folk art form of Kerala).
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Poorakkavadikal

Poorakkavadikal

The Colourful ‘Poorakkavadikal' infront of Chinakkathoor Kavu (temple).
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Pooram procession

Pooram procession

Float of Siva slaying a demon in the pooram procession.
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Poorakkali

Poorakkali

‘Poorakkali ' involves the horses being thrown up in the air by the Pooram revellers
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Pooram Horses

Pooram Horses

Pooram horses or ‘Poorakkuthiras' at Chinakkathoor Kavu ground. All set for the Pooram celebrations.
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

 Pooram Horses

Pooram Horses

Pooram horses or ‘Poorakkuthiras' at Chinakkathoor Kavu and revellers milling about.
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Ottappalam Desom Kuthira

Ottappalam Desom Kuthira

Ottappalam desom Kuthira being taken to Palappuram Chinakkathoor Kavuin a procession
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Elephants Having Bath

Elephants Having Bath

Pooram Elephants having a quick bath at NSS KPT grounds, Ottappalam to get some relief from the heat.
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Dummy Elephants

Dummy Elephants

In Chinakkathoor Pooram 2016, dummy elephants were also used for the procession.
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

As Real As It Can

As Real As It Can

Doesn't it look very real?!
Photo Courtesy: Vivek Vijayan

Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple

Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple

Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple in Ottapalam has two shrines namely, 'thazhekkavu' (lower shrine) and 'melekkavu' (upper shrine). Chinakkathoor Pooram is help in this temple ground.
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