Venue: Nellikulangara Bhagavathy temple
An astounding festival of colours, art forms, fireworks and elephants, Nenmara Vallangi Vela, organised by two deshams or counties namely Nenmara and Vallangi, is pumped up by the friendly rivalry of these two regions. The festival is held every year in the Nellikulangara Bhagavathy temple the presiding deity of which is Goddess Bhagavathy.
The festival provides an occasion to enjoy some of the colourful folk arts of this place such as Kummatti, Karivela and Andivela. On the twentieth day of the festival magnificent processions with caparisoned elephants are taken out from the two villages to the Nellikulangara temple. When the procession reaches the temple the two deshams present ‘panchavadyam’, the traditional percussion orchestra in a competitive spirit. Aana Pandal, or elephant pavilion, an arch-like structure, is yet another attraction of the festival where the caparisoned elephants stand for some time. The Pandal is fully decorated with multi-coloured electric lights, which when switched on beams different light patterns.
The fireworks let loose their fantabulous colours which illuminates not just the night sky but the minds of all those who witness the event standing in the dry paddy fields.
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.