Machattu Mamangam, a five-day festival of pageantry and splendour, is celebrated at the Machattu Thiruvanikavu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy.
The main procession is on the concluding day in which richly decorated kuthirakolams (effigies of horses) are ceremoniously brought to the temple by the devotees as offerings. The huge decorated effigies are welcomed by the people with the cheers and applauses. Elephant pageants accompanied by chendamelam (traditional percussion music) converge at the temple courtyard in the evening, unfolding an extravagant spectacle. Various cultural programmes are also held on the festival days.
Venue: Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple, Vadakkancherry, Thrissur district.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 21 km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km away from Thrissur.
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