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These are a series of shots from a celebration called "Kettu kazhcha" kettu meaning tied up or put together and kazhcha meaning show. This as every other celebration, is a community event. The nearby villages each make their own colorful effigy of 2 bullocks each using wooden frames on wheeled chariots as base and tying up truck loads of hay to shape the bodies. Then the heads are attached and decorations added. These massive heads are carved by hand out of wood and hand painted. There are 13 villages that partake in this celebration in front of a shiva temple (Parabrahma kshethram) at Padanilam (a place in Alleppey district near Nooranadu in Kerala South India) meaning there would be 13 humongous and colorful effigies lined up together in all their splendour every Shivarathri... must be quite something... It is supposed to represent a mock fight.. so it is competitive too...


Anuj Nair
Thank you for the corrections.. :)

I missed the real celebration. I landed up there as they were taking these down. :( still happy to have seen what I missed :) and yeah I do plan to make it there one day to see it live!

PS: any suggestions/ corrections are welcome this is based on my basic knowledge no other source to be quoted.

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  1. Connie Lemperle 74 months ago | reply

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  2. cheroberta123 74 months ago | reply

    Wonderful. Such great colors.

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  5. spisharam 74 months ago | reply

    Thank you Archanasr for your visit comment and fave! yeah smaller replicas of these heads do adorn walls these days!!

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    Thanks a lot Donna appreciate your feedback as always :)

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    Thank you Anuj for the corrections,duly noted! your guess was absolutely right, it is indeed padanilam parabrahma kshethram, a friend took me there the day after shivarathri on the way to Nooranadu :) Appreciate your feedback, visit and fave!!

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  6. Adettara Photography 74 months ago | reply

    Superb shot, awesome details!

  7. efairhurst 74 months ago | reply

    outstanding work!

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  8. Let there be light (Andy) 74 months ago | reply

    Love it. So colorful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Fábio P.S. 74 months ago | reply

    Nossa que cores lindas....

  10. ranjini---- [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

    so nice... colors are great.. neat series :)

  11. bunnhillphoto 74 months ago | reply

    Such magnificent colors. Brilliant!

  12. ♥ Hazed ♥ 74 months ago | reply

    gorgeous colours.. just stunning!

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  14. Stewart Ho 73 months ago | reply

    Beautiful color and saturation............; )

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    Wow - what colours! Great shot!

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  17. -Reji 31 months ago | reply

    great closeup. colorful etails. nice informative

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