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Kuttanellur Sree Durga Bhagavathi Temple or Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple is located near the NH 47 bye pass road from Eranakulam to Mannuthy in the Kuttanellur area of Thrissur district, Kerala, South India. Its said to be one of the 108 Durga temples created by the Parashurama Maharshi. The pooram here is famous for the Pandi and Panchari melams. The diety is said to the sister of Valarkavu Sree Durga Bhagavathi. Both Valarkavu and Kuttanellur pooram are on the same day.

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Arattupuzha Pooram takes place in Arattupuzha Sree Sastha/Shasta Temple, which is considerd to be more than 3000 years old. To reach Arattupuzha temple, from Thrissur go to the Irinjalakuda route. This pooram is considered one of the oldest pooram festivals in India. Arattupuzha Pooram is known as Devamela or devasangamam, where all 33 crore gods and goddesses assemble at Arattupuzha. The pooram starts in the evening and ends the next day. It starts with Arattupuzha shasta coming out of the temple in a procession accompanied by 15 decorated elephants. As many as 250 percussionists performs panchari melam. This is known as Sasthavinte Melam. After this ceremony, the deity took position at a stand named Nilapaduthara and then the elephants that are carrying deities from nearby shrines or temples comes towards the temple and have their own melams. With the arrival of the Thriprayar Thevar, Koottiyezhunnallippu will start where nearly 80 decorated elephants stood side by side. The holy bath or aarattu of the deities taking part in the fest will be held at Mandarakadavu. It is a ceremonial cleansing process in which the idol is immersed in the river and is accompanied by the chanting of mantras and floral offerings. The idol of Sasthavu, the presiding deity of the Sree Sastha Temple at Arattupuzha is the last to undergo the arattu. The idols are then taken to their respective temples after the arattu ceremony.

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Arattupuzha Tharakkal Pooram happens in the evening the day before the famous Arattupuzha Pooram. To reach Arattupuzha temple, from Thrissur go to the Irinjalakuda route. This pooram meant for the local people, also attracts a huge number of people. Arattupuzha Sastha leads the elephant procession along with Pandi Melam. You can also see the procession of Thottippal Bhagavathy is in the accompaniment of Panchavadyam on the opposite side, in the end Oorakathammathiruvady also arrives.

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