Pariyanampetta Pooram is a seven day fest held at Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, Kattukulam in Palakkad district of ‘God’s own country’, Kerala. The Pariyanampetta temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, the Goddess of 14 Desams.The image of goddess is drawn on floor and songs are sung along with it; this ritualistic drawing is called Kalamezhuthu Pattu and is performed on all the seven days of the festival.
Religious and folk arts like Kaalavela (bull motif display) and Kuthiravela (horse motif display), Poothanum thirayum etc are demonstrated in the procession on the last day.
A cultural celebration is also held on the occasion in which there are performances of the famous Kathakali and Chakyarkoothu. The ancient folk art of shadow puppetry called Tholpavakoothu, is performed at night on all festival days.
The pooram day is on the 7th of month of Kumbam according to the Malayalam calendar. It falls approximately on the second week of February. A procession of 21 caparisoned elephants is a spectacular on the last day of the festival.
How to reachBy Rail
The nearest railway station is Palakkad which is about 45 km away from Kattukulam where the festival is to be held. Palakkad Junction is a Broad Gauge railway junction on India's Southern Railway network.
Palakkad is well connected by roads. The National Highway 47 from Salem to Kanyakumari and the Palakkad - Kozhikode National Highway 213 pass through the district. Another important road is the Palakkad - Ponnani which connects NH 47 and NH 17. The nearest city is Coimbatore in Tamilnadu which is well connected to Palakkad with broad gauge trains and buses.
Nearest airport is Coimbatore in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu which is about 55 km from Palakkad. Coimbatore airport has connecting flights to Singapore, Sharjah, Colombo, apart from major Indian cities.
Time to celebrateThe pooram day is on the 7th of month of Kumbam according to the Malayalam calendar, which corresponds to 19th February every year.
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