Chinakkathoor Pooram 2021 Dates : 27th February 2021
The Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple of Palappuram region of Palakkad district of Kerala witnesses an annual extravaganza of regional art forms and elephants in what is known as the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival. The festival is celebrated on the day of Makam star of Kumbham month in the Malayalam calendar, which will next fall on 19th of February, 2020. The festival is an absolute delight for the onlookers, which is available for everybody to join without paying any cost.
Numerous traditional art forms are performed in the temple premise during the celebrations. The people of the region have kept their traditional forms of art alive by making a soulful show of them on an annual basis during the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival. The various art forms that are performed during the festival are Vellatt, Theyyam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, and Karivela. These are all ancient traditional art forms ranging from a ritualistic painting of one's face with charcoal to please the divinity to typical dance forms of the region kept alive by the local artists and are performed on the music produced by the temple's orchestra, known as the Panchvadyam.
The most spectacular events to take place during the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival is the procession of the elephants so much so that the elephant march has become synonymous with the festival itself. A grand procession of twenty-seven well-built tuskers, accompanied by a large number of devotees, is taken out through the streets of the Palappuram. It makes for a magnificent view for the onlookers, attracting people from far distances to participate in the festival for the sake of the procession.
There is one more procession that is carried out during the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival. This includes a ceremonial carriage of sixteen decorated models of horses, known as Kuthira, and eight models of bulls, known as Kaala. These models are carried in a procession by the devotees and are finally brought into the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple.Who are the Observers
The people of Palappuram in Kerala celebrate Chinakkathoor Pooram festival in the Palakkad district. The various communities residing in different areas of the region known as desams, and are seven in number come together to celebrate the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival.The different areas that participate in organizing and celebrating the festival are Ottapalam, Pallarmangalam, Palappuram, Erakkottiri, Meetna, North Mangalam, and South Mangalam. All these communities join hands in making the festival successful and well-organized one, which protrudes the rich cultural heritage of the region. The observers put aside their caste, creed, and religion and wholeheartedly take part in the celebrations that take place, primarily, in the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple.
To reach the temple by train, the nearest railway station is the Ottapalam Railway Station, which is situated at an approximate distance of 5 kilometres from the temple. The Ottapalam station is a major railway station and is located between Palakkad and Shoranur. To reach the temple through airways, the nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport, which is located at an approximate distance of 90 kilometres from the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple, where the celebrations are held.
Among the many procession festivals taking place across India, the Chinakkathoor Pooram festival happens to be one of the most significant ones of them. It is an occasion when the traditional art forms of the region find a vast audience, and authentic cultural heritage of the state of Kerala in general and that of Palakkad, in particular, is presented to the onlookers gathered in massive numbers. Moreover, the festival brings together people of different castes, creeds, regions, and religions, who come together and put their sincere efforts together in making the festival a success.
The Chinakkathoor Pooram festival happens to be a significant temple festival of northern Kerala, which produces such spectacular scenes which are indeed a loss if one is around at the time of its celebration and does not get to attend it.
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