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.
Next, entered two horn and drum ensembles engaging in “melems”, trying to musically outdo each other.
The men riding the elephants carried umbrellas and large fans and performed to the music.
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.