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Thaipooyam Mahotsavam, Harippad


Event date: 31-01-2018

Venue: Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple

Location: Harippad

District: Alappuzha

Ever been to a festival where there is an outburst of all imaginable colours, where devotees dance in spiritual ecstasy, where ritual performances are displayed in an atmosphere that exudes divinity and bliss? The Thaipooyam festival at the famous Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple in Harippad, Alappuzha district is one such. This one-day festival is celebrated in the name of Lord Subrahmanya, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Devotees from far and wide throng the temple premises during the festival. The well packed crowd of devotees makes their way towards the temple with their offerings as a pious aura envelopes the locale.

 The festival celebrated in all its pomp and gaiety showcases a highly colourful ritualistic dance- the Kavadiyattom which is the main offering at this festival. Devotees carry the kavadi (richly decorated wooden arches with flowers and peacock feathers) on their shoulders and perform Kavadiyattom. Some dancers even pierce their cheeks with lances and dance in trance. This religious congregation with some of the devotees bearing the kavadi, hopping about and dancing to the rhythmic beats of the chenda, and the loud chanting of ‘haro hara’ is a sight to behold. The devotion charged atmosphere can leave a lasting effect on onlookers. 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Harippad, about 5 km 
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha


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.

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