a tiny village near Adoor in Pathanamthitta
district is famous for its annual Maramadi festival, an ox race carnival,
commonly held in the villages of Kerala during the harvest season (August-
Vast stretches of freshly ploughed paddy fields (kandams) form the stadium for the race. Excited villagers crowd around the stadium to cheer the participants.
A pair of oxen managed by three persons form a participating unit. Nearly 30 such units participate in the race, which starts at noon and continues up to dusk.