(Last Updated on : 21/03/2013)
The Attuvela Mahotsavam is a grand water carnival. The festival is celebrated for two days. The Attuvela Mahotsavam is associated with the Elankavu Bhagavathy temple, sited at Vadayar village 3 kilometers far from Vaikom, of Kottayam District
According to legend it is the welcome ceremony for the Goddess of Kodungalloor who comes to visit her sister, the Goddess of Elamkavu. The Goddess of Elamkavu is believed to be the sister of Kodungallur Bhagavathy.
The Attuvela Mahotsavam is celebrated for two days. It is related to the Elankavu Bhagavathy temple, sited at Vadayar village 3 kilometers far from Vaikom, of Kottayam district in Kerala. Goddess Bhagavathy is installed and worshipped in this temple. The festival is celebrated in 'Meenam' month of Malyalam calendar which corresponds to March-April of Gregorian calendar.
During the festival time the Elamkavu Bhagavathy temple serves as a visual treat to the eyes of the visitors and the devotees. A procession of devotees carrying beautifully decorated and warmly lit canoes and huge colourful replica of the Elankavu temple sail down the river Moovattupuzha waters. The water procession of canoes starts from Attuvela kadavu, 2 km away from the temple. In addition, the procession is also accompanied by hordes of festooned small canoes and traditional temple music.
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