Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Festivals of Kerala....colors galore!!




Almost all of the local festivals in Kerala include at least one richly caparisoned elephant. Elephants carry the deity during annual festival processions and ceremonial circumnambulations in the Hindu temples. The temple elephants are decorated with gold plated caparisons ("nettipattam"), bells, and necklaces. People mounted on the elephants hold tinselled silk parasols ("muttukuda") up high, swaying white tufts ("venchamaram") and peacock feather fans ("alavattam") to the rhythm of the orchestra.


 

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