Panmana Pooram – Pooram festival of Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple at Panmana



Panmana Pooram is the culmination day of the annual festival at the famous Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple at Panmana near Chavara in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival is observed in Meenam month. Panmana Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple festival beginning date is March 11. Panmana Pooram 2016 date is March 21.

The highlight of the celebrations is dozens of caparisoned elephants and the change of parasols to the accompaniment of Panchavadyam and Panchari melam.

Various other unique offerings are made at the shrine during the fortnight period of festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.