KOLLAD | A Captivating Land

Kerala’s towns are far removed from big-city concrete jungles, and the dividing line between urban and rural is fine indeed, with green avenues and placid backwaters gracing the busiest cites, and tarred roads and public schools evident in smallest villages.

Palm-fringed river side, endless paddy fields, rolling hills, back waters that snake past tiled-roof house and spotless village roads: Kollad is a land of unmatched beauty. Malayali society is unique, boasting a highly literate population, a sex ratio favoring women, matriarchal sub-societies and a people unfettered by the divisions of case and creed. Diverse religions live here in peaceful amicability, each enriching the state with its customs and practices. Add vibrant arts and colorful festivals, ancient shrines and delectable cuisine, and Kollad is a must stop destination.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thousands witness Kottayam Thirunakkara Sreemahadevar Temple Pakal Pooram 2015

Thousands thronged the Sreemahadevar Temple at Thirunakkara to witness the Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram, bringing the spirit of Thirussur Pooram to this Central Travancore town on Saturday. The day began with the arrival of Cherupoorams to the Sreemahadevar Temple. This was followed by the arrival of the 22 caparisoned elephants which were blessed by the priests. The pakal pooram follows the traditional conventions of Thrissur pooram with the 22 elephants being paraded in two groups at the eastern and western end of the temple grounds. Adding to the gaiety was the percussion performance by Mattannur Sankarankutty Marrar and his team. The pooram entered its high point with the kudamattom performance and concluded with a pyrotechnic display in the night.

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