The Paripally Gajamela is an event held annually in the month of March at the famous Kodimootil Bhadrakali Temple. Situated in Kollam District Kerala, Parippally is 48km away from the capital city Trivandrum. Paripally is famous for its unique festival which popularly known as Gajamela means “Elephant Fair “and on the 10th day of the festival, procession of elephants takes place.
People in Kerala are very fond of elephant procession you will not find any celebration complete without elephants in Kerala and in this 10day long festival more than 50 -100 Colorfully decked elephants participate in the procession lined up inside the temple premises. Muthukuda which is an Umbrella specially made up of silk is holded by mahouts fans made of peacock feathers and white tufts known as “Aalavattom” and “Venchamaram” respectively.Mahouts speeds up to the rhythm of the temple orchestra and exchange the parasols on the top of the elephants in systematic way.
Another main attraction of this festival is that elephants are offered as “Nercha” or ritual offering made to the temple of goddess Bhadrakali in the hope that it will bring in prosperity and affluence during the procession.
There are many cultural programs that take place during the festival. These are based on the local arts and give a glimpse into Kerala’s rich and colorful heritage.