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Chinakkathoor Pooram Date – Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Chinakkathoor Pooram is observed in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar in Kerala. It is the annual festival at the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple at Palappuram in Palakkad District. The shrine is located around 6 km from Ottapalam. 

The most important highlight of the festival is the display of nearly 30 odd caparisoned elephants.

The fortnight long festival is noted for traditional arts and music including – Panchavadyam, Tholpavakoothu, vellattu, theyyam, poothanum thirayum, kaalavela, kuthiravela, aandi vedan and karivela.

During the period, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. Hundreds of people arrive to witness various festivities. The annual festival is observed on the Makam Nakshatra in Kumbham Month.

Kala kali, uranju thullal, vellattam nayadikali, poothan thira, parayarude kuthira, komaram, therkkali, kuthirakkali and thattikoothu of thandanmar are part of the festival. There is an old saying ‘Chinakkathoor pooram thanikottavannam’ – all should participate in the pooram and try to do whatever they can.

The flag hoisting or kodiyettam takes place seven days before the pooram day. Kodiyettam is held at both keezhekavu and melekavu. For the next six days Velichappadu accompanied by devotees visit houses in the region and prepares way for Nallamma (Vazhiorukkuka).

The pooram festivities begin after kodiyirkkal (flag lowering) and arattu on the morning of Pooram day.

There are two sets of pooram festivities. The festivities organized by Pallavur Mangalam, Ottappalam, Mettanna, Erakottiri and Palappuram are known as Padinjaran Pooram. The festivities organized by Lakkidi, Thekkumangalam and Vadakku Mangalam are known as Kezhakan Pooram. Kuthirakali is performed by both the parties.

It is said that Pandaram Kuthira of Padinjaran cheri represent the Samoothiri of Kozhikode and the main horse or kuthira of Kezhakan cheri represents Eralpaddu.

Ezhunellippu of theru and Tattinmel kothu are the other important activities during the festival.

Anapooram and Kuthira kali are held once again on the next day.




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