Surrounded by a serenity, which comes from being one of the most naturally endowed provinces of India, a tour to Kerala is perhaps the easiest ways of realizing the true beauty of nature. Surrounded by the famed backwaters of Kerala, a tour to the province of Kerala is made even more special by a glimpse of the famous culture and heritage of Kerala, a culture that stems from a history which dates back to countless of years in time. One of the most intriguing aspects of Kerala is her fin e blend of traditionalism and modernity, a blend which is made possible by the pride that the people of the land have for their rich culture and heritage as well as their intrinsic desire to move ahead in life. This fine blend is also reflected in the various festivals of Kerala, which remain alive to this day, thanks to the pride with which the people of Kerala have preserved their culture even today. Exhibiting this culture are the various festivals of Kerala, notable amongst which is the Neelemperoor Padayani.
Time for celebrating the Neelemperoor Padayani
One of the famous festivals in Kerala, the Neelemperoor Padayani is celebrated on the first day of the month of Medam according to the Malayalam calendar or when the sun is in the constellation of Aries according to western calendars. The ceremony, which is an elaborate display of skills, dècor, traditions and color, is a fun filled event which takes place for ten days.
Description of the Neelemperoor Padayani
The main aspect of the festival of Neelemperoor Padayani is the aspect of devotion to God and is a mark of homage paid to Goddess Bhagavathy, who is symbolized as a Mother Goddess. The festival, which is a demonstration of the devotees' belief in the all powerful Mother Goddess or Goddess Bhagavathy is one of the most important events in the Malayalm calendar. The Neelemperoor Padayani festival is held in the premises of the revered Temple of Goddess Bhagavathy, located near Neeleperoor, a small town near Kottayam.
The festival, which is a commemoration of woman power, is symbolized by the presence of decorated motifs of swans, which are offered to the Goddess. These swans are then carried in a procession, which is riot of colors and motifs. Thousands of swans, ranging between all sizes mark the occasion which are also known for the varied use of natural colors, which are generally extracted from the flowers, leaves and petals of the village.
The procession, which is conducted at night, reverberates with the sounds of trumpets, drums and holy chanting, while on its way to the temple. The sounds of Chenda or traditional drums and cymbals are specially pronounced in the procession of devotees on their way to the temple.