Sasthavinte Melam at Arattupuzha Pooram
The main attraction of Arattupuzha Pooram is during the last two days. Sasthavinte Melam an important ceremony is held on the evening of the penultimate day of the festival and is attended by hundreds of devotees. The next day morning, thousands would assemble at the nearby vast stretch of paddy field to witness the grand spectacle of about 50 odd elephants lineup in ceremonial attire with other paraphernalia like muthukuda (colourful and glittering parasols), alavattam (a disc-shaped fan, fringed by a ring of peacock feathers) and venchamaram (white whisks, usually made of hair from Yak tail). And to add more attraction is the electrifying traditional percussion ensembles of panchavadyam and pandi melam.