Situated about 15 kms from the Thrissur town is the 3000 year old Arattupuzha temple. The temple is set in the tranquil and serene village of Arattupuzha. This village temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Ayappa who is the presiding deity of the temple. An event called “Devamela”, meaning the coming together of all the Gods and Goddesses at one place is hosted annually at the temple. The people believe that there is a divine power emanating from the principal deity. This belief and faith bring home the devotees in flocks.
The Arattupuzha temple hosts Arattupuzha Pooram which is the oldest and one of the most spectacular Pooram festivals of Kerala. This Pooram festival is celebrated annually during March-April. It is said to be that a hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages visit Sree Ayyapan on Pooram day. The Pooram festival lasts for 7 long days. 61 caparisoned tuskers accompanied by Panchavadyam, ,nadaswaram, pacharimelam and pandimelam is a treat to both eyes and ears. This procession takes place on 6th day. The elephant carries the images of the dieties of 41 neighbouring temples to this village. The Pooram festival concludes on 7th day with arattu (holy bath of the idol of the diety) ritual in the Arattupuzha river.
Display of caparisoned elephants, colourful processions, traditional percussion ensembles and special religious rituals are the highlights of Arrattupuzha Pooram.
Arattupuzha temple is open 05:00 – 09:30 am & 05:00 – 07:00 pm
Arattupuzha Temple contact no : 0480 2790705
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