The Machattu Mamangam in Kerala is an annual extravaganza which is celebrated with full fervor and is attended by thousands from Kerala, Southern India and from all over the globe. The venue for the festival is fixed at the Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple at Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district. The five day long celebration involves massive crowd, exhilarating entertainment and great pageantry. The main ritual of the celebration takes place on the last day with a heavily decorated Kuthirakolams which is the motifs of the horses being taken out for the procession.
Time for celebrating the Machattu Mamangam Festival
The annual event is scheduled for third week of the month of February and it continues for five days with various celebrations. The time for the occasion is a great time to visit the state filled with the serenity of nature. The event was scheduled for the date of February 21, 2006.
Description of the Machattu Mamangam Festival in Kerala
The annual extravaganza attracting thousands from all over the places is staged at the Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple at Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district. The five day splendor continues with loads of celebration with the last day scheduled for the main events when huge structures heavily decorated with ornaments and other materials are taken out for processions. The temple, the centre for attraction is the place where the Machattuvela festival is staged and devotees with great passion and devotion participate.
The Kuthirakolams, motifs of horses are ceremoniously taken out for precessions on the street. These motifs of horses represent different villages of the region. As myth will have it the Goddess Bhagavathy leaves the temple to visit the homes of the devotees all around and accepts the offerings in turn showers blessings on them. The procession also accompanies the elephants dressed up in royal fashion along with the Chendamelam, traditional percussion music making the event a real treat to the visitors.
The easiest way to reach the temple is to take the rail route and drive from there which is about 21 kilometers from Thrissur railway station.