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Ochirakali, a festival of martial arts, is performed as a part of the annual festival of Parabrahma Temple at Ochira in Kollam District. It is conducted in memory of the battle fought between the kings of two feudal principalities - Kayamkulam and Ambalapuzha. The festival falls around 15th June and lasts for two days. In Ochirakali, a mock fight is enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors on the battle field called padanilam. Then they perform a martial dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields and splashing water in every direction. Ochira is around 34 km north of Kollam.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kollam
Location: Kollam

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