Venue: Peruvanam Temple
Come April, be present at the Peruvanam Temple in Cherpu to witness a grand festival which has a history of around 1,400 years. The Peruvanam Pooram, a spectacular festival celebrated at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva assumes significance because of it antiquity.
It is believed that the present sree kovil (sanctum sanctorum) was originally a tree where Lord Shiva did tapas (meditation). It is said that the original form of the festival differed from what it is today. There was a break in its conduct, the reasons of which are unknown. The festival saw resurgence in the form of two spectacular poorams- the Peruvanam Pooram and Arattupuzha Pooram.
The procession carrying the deity atop a caparisoned elephant along with six other jumbos accompanied by traditional percussion ensemble, panchari melam, is a real treat for the eyes and ears.
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.