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Arattupuzha Pooram 2018 date – Arattupuzha Sastha or Ayyappa Temple Pooram Festival

Arattupuzha Pooram is the annual festival observed at the Sastha or Ayyappa Temple Temple at Arattupuzha Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Meenam month. Arattupuzha Pooram 2018 date is March 29. The shrine is around 16 km south of Thrissur town. The festival begins on March 23, 2018. The important festival is observed on the Pooram Nakshatram day in Meenam month.

Utsava murtis Gods and Goddess worshipped in the nearby temples visit Lord Sastha on the Arattupuzha pooram day.

The highlights the seven-day festival are caparisoned elephants {with muthukkudas (sequined, glittering umbrellas) and venchamarams (white whisks)}, melam and fireworks. The most important days are the final two days.

The melam observed in the temple is known as Sasthavinte Melam. Traditional music - Panchavadyam, Pacharimelam and Pandimelam – are part of the festivities.

The utsava murti worshipped in the temple is taken around atop a caparisoned elephant, which is accompanied by another five elephants.

Theevetti, or huge flame bearing staffs, at night is a great sight at the shrine.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

The festival ends with arattu on the final day.