Colourful Ritual of Offering.... A Form of Thanksgiving in God's Own Country...
During my recent short visit to Kerala,India I came across this colourful procession of offering-"KettuKazhcha" rich in colour and rhythm of drumbeats being staged on the public road in the afternoon hours. The event is an offering of the people of Thumpamon, (a place in southern Kerala ) to their beloved Hindu deity in the nearby Temple for her spontaneous blessings as a mark of gratitude,devotion,unflinching faith and for showering prosperity and protection to their lives. This is annual event in most of South Kerala's larger temples and coincides notably with the harvesting season there,when people are relatively cash-rich with their annual farm-yeilds. In Kerala,( as with every other celebration like Chrstmas or Onam) although this is a Hindu ritual it is a community event.
Ketttukazhcha ( meaning tied up offfering: kettu- in Malayalam means tied up)
displays deftly sculpted and decorated tall icons on chariots. These colourful effigies of Bullocks each using wooden frames on wheeled chariots as base and tying up truckloads of hay to shape the bodies. Then the heads are attached and decoratons added. These massive heads are carved out of wood and handpainted.. Each nearby village will make their own Kettukazhcha or offering most splendidly and colourfully o the deity and there is some spirit of competition to see their area displays the best among all..
The whole ritual is very colourful and enjoyable event, extending till the mid-night, possibly ending with fireworks. Due to my austerity on time on the short visit, I could spare just fifteen minutes to witness and take a few shots. Hope to share wth you the others too ..
For a close-up view of another procession from another village on the opposite road where you can see the drummers well in action in their traditional suits:)