Event date: 09-09-2018
Venue: Palli Bhagavathi Temple
A highly vibrant festival held at the Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathy Temple, the Neelamperoor Padayani is a celebration of many colours and cultures. This annual Patayani festival falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (usually August/September).
Patayani, which literally translates to rows of army, is performed at several temples in Kerala. However, the Patayani conducted at Neelamperoor is distinct in many ways.
One of the striking elements and what sets this festival apart is the Kettukazhcha, which involves the display of beautifully decorated effigies. Huge and imposing effigies of swans and other legendary characters are taken out in a grand procession.
The elaborate process of making these stunning effigies of swans is locally known as annam kettu. As night falls, the vibrant procession carrying the effigies of mythological characters like Bhima, Ravana and Yakshi enhances the ambience and creates an ethereal atmosphere.
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.