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Thaipooya Mahotsavam

Thaipooya Mahotsavam is a festival celebrated in most of the Subramanya temples in Kerala. This one-day festival is devoted to Lord Subramanya, the eldest son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. During this festival, a ritual dance known as Kavadi Aattam is performed. Devotees carry Kavadies (colorful bow-shaped wooden structures) on their shoulders in a ceremonious procession to the temples.

Thaipooya Mahotsavam is a major festival of Sree Subramanya Swamy Temple at Harippad in Alappuzha District. The temple celebrates annual festivals in the Tamil months of Aavani (August - September), Margazhi (December - January), Chithtrai (April - May).

The Thaipooya Mahotsavam, in January, is very famous at Harippad. On the festival night, thousands of small traditional oil lamps fixed on the outer walls of the temple are lit.

Updated on 9th October, 2005


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