Event date: 19-02-2018
Venue: Chitturkavu Bhagavathy Temple
Chittur Konganpada is celebrated at the Bhagavathy Temple in Chittur, about 11 km from Palakkad town. This festival is celebrated to mark the victory of the Chittur Nairs (Nairs were the warrior community in Kerala) over the militia of nearby Konganadu during 918 C.E. It is believed that there were constant fights in the Palakkad region between the Kerala kingdoms on the western side and the princely state of Konganadu on the eastern side of the Western Ghats.
101 rounds of the kathina vedi (iron pipe crackers) are fired on the third day of the Konganpada festival to commemorate the historic victory. A kolam procession is held later where little boys dressed as girls are carried on the shoulders of men. The night unfolds with a highly dramatic event as men partake in mock fights wearing buffalo head masks to symbolize the dead buffaloes of the Konganpada (Kongan militia).
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In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.