Aranmula Vallamkali, the water fiesta of Aranmula (10 kms from Chengannur and 16kms from Pathanamthitta) during Onam, owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba river. The vallamkali, associated with the annual temple festival, is usually held on the last two days of the festival. The event that attracts tourists from all over the world, is conducted not to win any trophy or prize but to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Krishna idol installation, the main diety at the Aranmula Parthasarathy temple. It is conducted in the Pamba River in front of the temple to commemorate the crossing of the river by Lord Krishna.
Around 39 to 41 palliyodams (snake-boats) participate in this colourful carnival. The Snake boats which resemble a snake with its hood raised, has a length of about 100 ft or 35 m, the rear portion towering to a height of about 20 ft. while the front tapers gradually. This boat can accommodate up to 120 people including oarsmen, singers and helmsmen. The oarsmen wear white dhotis and turbans. The occupants in the boat carry ornamental umbrellas of silk and gold. The golden Aranmula Vallamkali, the water fiesta of Aranmula (10 kms from Chengannur and 16kms from Pathanamthitta) during Onam (September), owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba river. The vallamkali, associated with the annual temple festivalornamental cloth fixed at the head of the boat, the flag and the colorful parasols at the center make it a spectacular show of pageantry too.
Offerings and prayers to Lord Krishna are held early in the morning on the day of the race as the snake boats assemble near the temple. The race is commenced in the afternoon and the boats take off in pairs to the rhythm of full throated singing and shouting. The participants row up and down the river to the tune of songs known as ‘vanchipattu’. The occupants carry banners and decorated silk and gold umbrellas. After the water sport there is an elaborate feast in the Aranmula temple. Aranmula Vallamkali, organised under the sponsorship of Palliyoda Seva Sangam, is more of a water festival than a competition. For the past few years, the Central Tourism Ministry has been providing financial assistance for preserving and promoting this legendary snake boat race, believed to be in existence for the past 1,000 years.
THE BOAT RACE
Snake boats from 48 Karas from Chennithala in the west to Ranni in the east participate in the watersport Vallomkali. These boats assemble at dawn and sail in pairs for about 2 hours. A snake boat is about 103 feet in length. Each boat has about 4 helmsmen 100 rowers and 25 singers. After the watersport there is an elaborate feast in the Aranmula temple.
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The famous ‘Aranmula Kannady’ is made in Aranmula village In Kerala State ,India by the traditional craftsmen. It is not made of glass but with bell metal. This is a unique art which is not found any where else in the world. Its techniques is handed down from generation to generation.
The Aranmula Metal Mirror is a unique object, mysterious in its creation unequalled in its beauty. The metal mirror, a marvel in the annals of metallurgy was in vogue long before the appearance of today’s Silicon synthetic glass mirror.It was in use far off Egypt and Bagdad. Its creation is a closely guarded secret, known to a few families
Aranmula Metal Mirror manufacturing was staged in the early 18th century. It represents a fascinating area of culture and technological curiosity. Mysterious in its creation, unequaled in its beauty, this metal mirror, a mediaeval Dravidian marvel in the annals of metallurgy was in vogue long before the appearance of today’s silicon glass mirror. This is constrained to only one household of master craftsmen in Aranmula. The origin of metal mirror of Amnmula is closely connected with the Aranmula Padhasarathy Temple which is deemed to be the nerve centre cf Pamba valley civilization. The art of making metal mirror has been practiced in the various parts of the world.
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