Several dancers and drummers accompany the procession of nine elephants who follow Mahadeva. The traditional dance-form of Kerala, which is 'Kathakali' is performed at the festival of Thirunakkara Arattu Utsavam and is a crucial part of all the celebrations. The Kathakali dancers deliver beautiful dance performances throughout the night, particularly on the third and fourth nights. 'Velakali', 'Mayilattom' or peacock dances and motif processions are the other social events which brighten up this regional festival of Kerala. They all take place in the grounds of the temple.
Numerous pilgrims throng this part of the country, irrespective of their caste, creed, age and sex, to take part in the festivities. The Mahadeva Temple which plays an important role in the festival is located on Thirunakkara Hill in Kottayam town. This temple is known for its ornate architecture. In this festival, different types of agricultural and industrial artefacts are exhibited. Various cultural events are observed through the festive days which add to the glory of this festive event.
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