CHINAKKATHOOR POORAM IN CHINKKATHOOR TEMPLE, OTTAPALAM
Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple is at Palappuram and about 5 km from Ottappalam, Palakkad, north Kerala. The temple is in the middle of a huge ground where the Chinakkathoor pooram is conducted every year. Chinakkathoor Festival is celebrated every year in February-March(makam naal of kumbham).
The highlight of the evening festivities is a grand procession of 28 tuskers. Traditional performances of the Panchavadyam or the temple orchestra and various other art forms like Vellattu, Theyyam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, Karivela, and so on are shown. The Tholppavakkoothu, a ritualistic shadow puppet show, is performed at the temple premises every evening for the 17 days preceding the concluding festival. The festival starts with kuthira (horse) game and ends next day with Theru(Ratham),a beautiful sight is the decoration of theru(Ratham) by Mudaliar tamils of Palappuram, and the procession of sixteen well-decorated16 models of the kuthira (horse) and the kaala (bull) brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees.Unlike other Ratham in Tamil Nadu or Kalpathy, this is not pulled by Vatam(coir) and runs on wooden wheel.