Kalpathy Car Festival

Kalpathy Viswanatha Swamy temple was built in 1425 A.D and is considered to be the oldest Siva temple in South Kerala. There are number of temples in Palakkad one attached to each of the 20 gramams in the town. The chief and most richly endowed is in Kalpathy dedicated to Lord Shiva, a low quadrangular temple on the banks of Kalpathy River. Legend has it that One Lakshmy Amma, a widow of Sekhari Puram came back from Kashi and gave the prince Itikombi Achan 1320 gold coins in 1424-25 AD and requested him to build the temple of Siva. Hence, saying " Kasiyil Pathi Kalpathy. " i.e. half of Kasi is Kalpathy. Another view regarding Kalpathy being linked to Kasi is that the main diety is Siva and the temple is on the banks of the Neela Nadhi just as Kasi is on the banks of the Ganges. Ratholsavam (Chariot Festival) at Sri Viswanatha Swami Temple, Kalpathy Ratholsavam is a spectacular procession of beautifully decorated temple chariots drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees. Situated on the banks of the Nila / Kalpathy river, Kalpathy is one of the well-known gramams (villages) of Palakkad. The annual chariot festival at the famous Viswanathaswamy Temple at Kalpathy is held in the month of November. Kalpathy is one of the ancient Brahmin Agraharam (traditional house). Also known as Kalpathy Ratholsavam or Kalpathy Theru festival, the festival is based on Vedic Tamil Brahmin culture which lasts for seven days. On the last three days, a spectacular procession of beautifully decorated three temple chariots (Ratham) of lord Viswanadha swamy and Goddess Parvathy, lord Visweswara and lord Subrahmanya are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees. The procession is accompanied by caparisoned elephants and percussion. It is believed that pulling the chariots will wash off all the sins for a lot of generations. Three satellite temples of the Viswanathaswamy Temple in the villages of new Kalpathy, old Kalpathy and Chathapuram also celebrate this festival.

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9/25/2010 12:12 pm delete

Chennai Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple annual festival, Rathotsavam, Panguni Uthiram, and all other major celebrations during Panguni masam are to be held in 2011. Panguni Masam 2011 starts on March 15 and end on April 13. Panguni Uthitam 2011 date is March 19. You can watch these celebrations online. Kapaleeswarar Ratholsavam for 2010 is over on March 26 and Arupathmoovar on March 27, 2010.