Kalpathy Theru (Car Festival/Ratholsavam) took place between 8th and 16th of November, 2017. It is one of the most famous and very old festival celebrated in the town.
The event begins with flag hoisting in all these 4 temples.
The streets of Kalpathy, beautifully lit… Kalpathy theru is an emotion and an event which the natives look forward to year after year. The real beauty lies in the fact that it is celebrated by everyone in Palakkad surpassing the religious diversity.
The beauty of the theru lies in it’s simplicity and the wonderful streamers made of white-paper, called netti maalai in Tamizh.
The car festival is celebrated in 4 temples, spread across 4 different aggraharam/villages in Palakkad – Kalpathy, Mandakkarai, Old Kalpathy and Chathapuram.
The theru is made of wood and has intricate wooden work.
It resembles to the theru in Kumbakonam and Tanjavur of Tamil Nadu because the natives of the Kalpathy are said to have migrated from those places a few 100 years ago.
Lord Ganesha of Mandakkarai– on Day 4 of the ratholsavam
Lord Viswanathaswamy of Kalpathy – on Day 4 of the ratholsavam
Lord Krishna of Old Kalpathy– on Day 4 of the ratholsavam
|Lord Ganesha of Chathapuram – on Day 5 of the ratholsavam|
|Lord Krishna of Old Kalpathy– on Day 5 of the ratholsavam|
Lord Viswanathaswamy of Kalpathy – on Day 5 of the ratholsavam
Lord Ganesha of Mandakkarai– on Day 5 of the ratholsavam
Each day the God will be seated in different Vaahanam (vehicle) and goes around 5 adjacent agraharam
This is one of my personal favorite. Lord Krishna of Old Kalpathy decked up as Mohini. I loved this even better this time because of the beautiful candy pink sari!
The ever handsome and majestic Lord Ganesha of Mandakkarai
|It is also a time for family get together and reunions with old friends|
A lot of shops come up and it’s also shopping time.
Some of the must-buys includes glass bangles, kumkum, puffed rice and vessels made of stones.
No festival in Kerala would be complete without Panchavaadhyam.