Aranmula



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Aranmula Uthrattathi is the famous temple festival of Aranmula, a town in central Travancore. This festival coincides with Onam festival but is in the memory of the crossing of the river by Lord Krishna on that day.Through centuries, Keralites have special affinity to rivers and ponds. This is expressed in the organising of Jalotsvam (water carnivals).

At the Aranmula boat race, the deity of the Aranmula temple is believed to partake of the race with every snake boat - and all boats are destined to try their best to reach the finishing line simultaneously. Thus the concept of cutthroat competition is eliminated and there is more of merriment, cheerfulness and friendly rivalry.

The festival is held at the Parthasarathy temple of Aranmula, and the occasion breaks all barriers and differences among people. Palli oda seva Sangam, a popular organisation of the boat owners manages the festival. During the boat race thousands pack on either side of the river. Spectators from all across India and around the world reach Aranmula for the festival.

The race is a grand and enchanting spectacle. The traditional wooden snake boats extend to about 100ft length. The back end of the boat called the "Amaram", curves upwards while the front tapers gradually. Each boat accommodates about 100 rowers, a group of drummers and some ornamental umbrellas. The Aranmula boat race combines devotion, sportsmanship and friendship in a grand, memorable manner.

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