KALPATHY TEMPLE

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Location: 3kms From Palakkad
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Significance: Houses The Oldest Shiva Temple
Famous For: The Annual Chariot Festival

Kalpathy Ratholsavam , Kalpathy Temple, Palakkad, KeralaThe Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple is situated 3 kms from Palakkad. The annual chariot temple is a gala event. The annual 'Ratholsavam' or Chariot Festival at Sree Viswanantha Swamy temple lasts for seven days.

On the last three days, beautifully decorated temple chariots are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees whose soul stirring chants rent the air.

The festival is dominated by three magnificent chariots, bedecked with flowers and flags, each sanctified by the presence of the lord.

Teeming crowds of people and millions of hands try to reach out to be one of the privileged to have the honour of pulling the chariots, as they proceed in stately grandeur.



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