Postcard from Kottayam, India

Postcard from Kottayam, India

We had an opportunity to visit the Thirunakkata Utsavam Festival and witness this passionate and lively celebration.  Twenty two elephants paraded through the Thiirunakkara Mahadevar temple grounds unadorned. Then each one was caprisoned in glittering gold brocade.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

Next, entered two horn and drum ensembles engaging in “melems”, trying to musically outdo each other.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

The men riding the elephants carried umbrellas and large fans and performed to the music.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

Several thousand spectators cheered them on .We enjoyed taking pictures of them and they enjoyed taking pictures of us. Very few Westerners there.

The event was officially opened by Bollywood superstar Jayaram.Jayaram Bollywood photo

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Fabulous shots, beautiful animals all decorated! ~SueBee

  2. What lovely bright elephant images. I am enjoying your Indian photos so much.

  3. Absolutely beautiful!

  4. Reblogged this on On the Go with Lynne and commented:
    Another reblog from Ron’s photos. This was an incredible cultural experience. Hope you enjoy. We are in Udaipur now and will be in the Rajastan state for a week. As our guide told us, the food and dialect changes every 100 km throughout India. The diversity is what makes India incredible.

  5. Very excited to see this post. We are heading to Kerala on Friday… Any intel on other Poorams over the next week or two?

    1. None that we are aware of, but the Indians love their festivals. Ask around when you get there/

  6. What amazing experiences you’re having on your travels! This is a spectacle of note. Great captures, Ron. 🙂

  7. What an amazing and spectacular experience! I love that first photo; the composition is wonderful.

  8. Clearly the Chinese have not seen these beautiful elephants. They’d not still be alive with tusks on them.

    1. Luckily for the Indian elephants, their tusks are not very big. Thanks.

  9. Brilliant images Ron! You have managed to captured the atmosphere of a South Indian temple festival so well!

    1. Thanks Madhu. The festival was a highlight of our trip.

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