Thirunakkara Arattu is a 10 day annual festival celebrated at Thirunakkara Temple which is one of the most important Shiva temples in southern India in Kottayam district of Kerala. The festival starts from the first day of the Malayalam month of Meenam which fall in the month of March–April every year.
The 10 day annual Thirunakkara Arattu festival this year will starts from 15 to 24 Mar 2013, paying its homage to Mahadeva (Lord Shiva) who is the presiding deity of the temple. Nine elephants usually participate in the Thirunakkara Arattu which is accompanied by drummers, kathakali dancers and musicians and thousands of devotees, they carry the temple god to be bathed. Arattu ceremony draws a huge crowd.
One of the other main attractions of the festival includes the traditional dance of Kerala, Kathakali , which is been highly appreciated over the years and is performed all night on the third and fourth days of the festival by the beautifully and colourfully dressed masked dancers. Other important events during the festival are the “Mayilaatam” or peacock dance and Velakali and music festival as well.
Art and traditional Handicraft are displayed in the fair by the locals and various other industrial and agricultural products are traded in the fair held in connection with the Utsavam. Giving you a glimpse of Kerala’s rich culture, heritage and its world famous art forms.