Venue: Chitturkavu Bhagavathy Temple
Chittur Konganpada is celebrated at the Chittukavu Bhagavathy temple in Chittur, about 11 km from Palakkad town.
Historically the celebrations here commemorate 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 said that there was constant fight 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.
On the third day of the Konganpada festival, 101 rounds of the kathina vedi (iron pipe crackers) commemorate the historic victory. Later, there is a kolam procession of little boys dressed as girls carried on the shoulders of men. At night, men engage in mock fights wearing buffalo head masks to symbolize the dead buffaloes of the Konganpada (Kongan militia).