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Malanada Kettukazhcha in Kollam

Poruvazhi Malanada Temple located in Adoor, Kollam district of Kerala state, India is the only place where the worshipped figure is Duryodhana - the antagonist of the epic Mahabharata. The temple doesn’t have an idol or a sanctum sanctorum and it is perhaps the only one of its kind in the whole of India.

The highlight of this temple is the Kettukazcha procession, a spectacular event in which decorated structures are taken out to the accompaniment of traditional drum orchestras. Some of the structures are 70 to 80 ft tall and they are made in a competitive spirit by the people of the surrounding villages. The structures are either carried on the shoulders of devotees or taken out on chariots.