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Kalpathi Ratholsavam


          Kalpathi is a traditional Tamil Brahmin settlement in Kerala, which is also known as Dakshin Kashi or the Kashi of south India. Kalpathi (Kalpathy) Ratholsavam (Kalpathi Chariot Festival) is an annual Hindu Temple festival in the Kalpathi village of Palakkad district in Kerala state, south India. The festival is at the Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanatha Swamy temple where the deities are Lord Siva (Lord Viswanatha) and his consort Visalakshi, another name for Parvati.

          The annual ten day chariot festival conducted here during the month of November is one of the most remarkable festivals of Kerala. Vedic recitals and cultural programmes are held in the temple during the first four days of the festival. This is believed to be over 700 years old. On the last three days, thousands of devotees gather together to draw decorated temple chariots through the streets.


          The ancient temple nestles by the banks of the Kalpathy river which is also known as the Nila river.


          On the last three days the three elaborately decorated huge temple chariots take the attention of all. Devotees would then gather to draw the chariots through the streets of Kalpathi village. It will be just one chariot that will be pulled on the first day, followed by two on the second and three on the last day of the festival.

          Date: The festival is conducted over a period of 10 days, usually in the month of November. During this time, 5 rathas of the 5 deities of Kalpathy village come together and circumvent the village in a grand procession.

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