Blend of colours and rhythm at Koorkanchery
Every year, during the month of January/February, the premises of the Koorkanchery Sree Maheswara Temple in Thrissur district of Kerala, India, witness a large gathering of devotees to watch an amazing blend of colours, music and dance. Famed as the Thaipooya Mahotsavam, this colourful festival rendition is celebrated in the name of Lord Subramanya; the eldest son of Lord Shiva, one of the triumvirates as per the Hindu religious beliefs.
Kavadiyattom, the vigorous ritual dance is one of the major attractions during this festival and it starts in the morning. It is performed in groups known as ambalakkavadi and pookkavadi, depending on the shape of the kavadi they hold on their shoulders, which is a richly decorated wooden arch. Here is the video showing the convergence of all kavadis inside the temple premises.
How to reach:
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 2 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur.