Aranmula Uthrattathi Boat Race

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Aranmula Uthrattathi Boat Race

The water carnivals traditionally called Aranmula vallam kali taking place at the temple during the Onam season. A tradition of sending an offering of rice and other material required for a feast from a nearby village, on a waterboat relates to the origin of this festival and this tradition is continued even today. The Malayalam month of Meenam witnesses a celebration where Aranmula Parthasarathy is taken in a great parade on the garuda mount to the Pampa stream bank, where a picture of the Bhagawati from the close-by Punnamthode sanctuary is acquired parade for the arattu celebration.


The temple is dedicated to Parthasarathy. It’s the Lord Krishna who isArjuna's Charioteer in the Mahabharatha war. The temple is on the left bank of the Pampa River. On the way of taking the sacred jewels (Thiruvabharanam) from Pandalam to Sabarimalai, Aranmula Temple is one of the stops on the way. And during the Mandala season, the ThankaAnki (golden attire) for Ayyappa, donated by the king of Travancore, is taken to Shabarimala from Aranmula. It is one of the most important Krishna temples in Kerala like Guruvayur, Trichambaram, Tiruvarppu and Ambalappuzha. Also, it is one of the five ancient holy places in the Chengannurarea in Kerala. The temple has four towers at theentrances on its outer wall. At the eastern tower, there are 18 steps to access to reach the top. Descending 57 steps through the northern tower, one can reach the Pampa River.

Venue Aranmula

District Pathanamthitta

State Kerala

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