The Arattupuzha pooram festival is another famous occasion in Kerala. It is celebrated in the famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha village which is just 14 kms from Thrissur. The festival is observed as the oldest festivals of Kerala. It is believed that during the festival period, Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at the Sree Sastha Temple is visited by gods and goddesses of the neighboring villages. The festival symbolizes the magnitude and greatness of the Kerala culture and tradition.
Time of the Festival
Festival is usually celebrated in the last week of March.
The final pooram is conducted with sixty one caparisoned elephants decked up with bright colored umbrellas and parasols in the traditional manner, presenting an unparalleled spectacle. The temple ensemble and the traditional music lend a majestic tenor to the extravaganza.