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Golden Temple , Amritsar was amazing, so calm & peaceful


Golden Temple is located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab. The temple is also known as Harmandir Sahib. Golden Temple was initially built around 1574 A.D. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the eternal Guru of the Sikhs is located inside the temple.

The Golden Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage spots in India. It is also known as Harmandir Sahib and is a scared place for the Sikh community. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to the Golden Temple all over the year. The temple is located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab.


  • Darshani Deori: This is the main entrance, sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower.
  • Amrit Sarovar: The giant pool of water that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple.
  • Harmandir Sahib: This is the Golden Temple itself, floating above the Amrit Sarovar, housing the sacred Adi Granth scripture which is recited out loud during the day. This is the most crowded point, accessible by a bridge from the edge of the pool, and entry here is regulated by guards.
  • Akal Takht: directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Meaning “the Timeless, this is where the highest council of Sikhs sits and deliberates. At night, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to the Akal Takht.
  • Central Sikh Museum: 2nd floor (entrance on the right side of the main side of the main entrance). Devoted to large gallery of paintings, mostly showing the gruesome ways countless Sikhs have been martyred, and various knick-knacks from the gurus. Free.

Festivals and Events

Baisakhi, the festival of spring, is celebrated every year on 13th of April, and is believed to be extremely auspicious because it is on this day that Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth. It is also believed that wheat crop is ready for harvesting and on this day, farmers start reaping the harvest for which they have waited patiently. The Guru Granth Sahib is read in all the Gurdwaras and a procession is carried out in the city.

Guru Nanak Jayanti falls in the month of October commemorating the birthday of Guru Nanak Devji Maharaj. The Guru Granth Sahib is read and langars (community feast) are organized in the Gurdwaras and at homes.

Amritsar Travel Tips:

Amritsar is divided into old and new parts of the city. The Golden Temple is located in the old part, which is full of bazaars, only 15 minutes from the railway station. A free bus runs regularly (every 45 minutes) from the station to the Golden Temple. When you visit the Golden Temple, you can join the pilgrims for a free feed of common food from the kitchen, called “Guru Ka Langar”.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit the temple is in the winter months (October to March) when the weather is pleasant and it even gets cold here. However the winter months are the best suited for sightseeing. Summers should be avoided as it can get blisteringly hot. An early morning or late night visit to the temple is special as the atmosphere is serene and very peaceful.


The temple remains open on all days and can be visited from 4:00 am to 10:00 pm in the summer months and 5:00 am to 9:00 pm in wint

er months.

Getting There

Amritsar is well connected to all the major cities of nor



n India. Important destinations include Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun,

Rishikesh, Kullu, Manali and Jammu. It is at a distance of 234 km from Chandigarh.



Kanyakumari : southernmost point of INDIA


Kanyakumari is a district which located in Kerala state to the west and Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu to the north and east. Kanniyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon days, The beach itself is a beautiful sight with lmuklti-colouted sand.The beaches are clean and the waters a clear, frothing blue. Kanyakumari is often set up as a geographical antonym to Kashmir, to suggest the span and variety of the sub continent. For the visitor the experience would be opposite and the pleasure equal.

Must do at Kanyakumari

Sunset and Sunrise : Cape Comarin at Kanyakumary is the Southernmost point in India. It has a special place in Indian history. The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were laid here, and there is a Memorial here to commemorate him. The town is mainly visited to see the sunset and sunrise, both of which can be seen from this extreme point.

Best time to visit : October to March


Kanyakumari Near Getaways


Kovalam : Tourists visiting Kanyakumari generally take a break for a day to visit Kovalam, 75 km away, one of the best beaches in India.
Suchindram:  Suchindram just 14 km from Kanyakumari enjoys a special status for itself with its innumerable deities of Hindu pantheon.
Tiruchendur: Tiruchendur just 89 km from Kanya Kumari is a much venerated place for devotees of Lord Kartikeya(Murugan) as here is located one of the six Aarupadai shrines of Murugan.
Marunthuvazh Malai: Just 9 km away on the way to Nagercoil is Marunthuvazh Malai also known as Maruthuva Malai. At a height of 800 feet there is a Shiva temple here

Kanyakumari Festivals

Cape Festival At Kanyakumari : Kanyakumari, also known as “Cape Comorin” is located at the southern most tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. A dip in the ocean here is considered holy, but the sea is rough here and not fit for bathing. This is the only place in India, where the sunset and moonrise can be viewed simultaneously on a full moon day.
The Vivekananda memorial set amidst the sea is a place known to give mental emancipation. The Cape festival is celebrated on a large scale for three days at Kanyakumari. The festival is marked by a series of cultural programs.

Since people of Kanyakumari are highly religious people, the religious festivals play a great role in the lives of the residents. Some among these types of festivals include the following:

Vaisakha festival
Car festival
Float festival
Kalabham festival

Among the above-mentioned festivals, the Vaisakha festival is held in the Tamil month of Vaikasi, whereas the Kalabham festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi.

Kanyakumari Monuments


Thiruvalluvar Statue : Near the Vivekananda Memorial, there is an imposing 40-m high statue of Tiruvalluvar, the 1st century BC Tamil poet, who wrote the epic Tirukural, often considered as one of the greatest classics of Tamil literature.

Kamarajar Manimandapam : Another remarkable monument of this district is Kamarajar Manimandapam which is dedicated to Late Sri Kamarajar, a freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, also President of Indian National Congress before independence.

Udayagiri Fort: Udayagiri Fort is a worth visiting site in Kanyakumari owing to its magnificent structure and quite surrounding atmosphere.

Mathur Hanging Bridge : The Mathur Hanging Bridge is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, with a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometer. Completed in 1966, this bridge has become a place of attraction for hundreds of tourists visiting every day.

Padmanabhapuram Palace : Padmanabhapuram is an ancient town and also one of the four municipalities in the district situated just 55 Km. south of Trivandrum, about two km. east of Thuckalay and 35 km. from Kanyakumari on the Trivandrum-Cape Comerin road.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial: Just off the coast, on a small rocky island lies Vivekananda Memorial, a place visited by large number of tourists. This is the spot where Swami Vivekananda, the great philosopher of India meditated before attending the World Religious Conference in Chicago in 1893.

Gandhi Memorial: The Gandhi Memorial located near the Kumari Amman Temple, is the place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation were kept before immersion.

Kanyakumari Adventure


Trek: Kanyakumari is not all water. There are some hills and forests too. A trek to reach the top of Maruthnuval Malai 9 km north of Kanyakumari or a visit to Kalakkad or Pechipparai forests is an adventurous experience that cannot be missed.
Horse riding: If you are with children and happen to be in the Beach around sunset then this is one attraction you just can’t fend off. Like most of the Beaches, Kanyakyumari also offers a ride down the Beaches on Horseback.

How to Reach

The Kanyakumari Junction is just 1 km away from the central bus stand. The major railway station near Kanyakumari is Trivandrum Central, which is connected to all parts of India by rail. There are many staring trains from Kanyakumari, including trains to Delhi (Rajdhani Exp), Kolkata (Shalimar Exp), Mumbai (Cape Mumbai Exp), Chennai (Kanyakumari Exp) and Bangalore (Bangalore Exp).



DakshinaChitra – A cross cultural living museum in Chennai, Tamilnadu


DakshinaChitra is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. A project of the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organisation. DakshinaChitra opened to the public in December 1996. The center occupies ten undulating acres overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Further, it serves as craft communities’ center in the South, since it provides technical as well as business openings and inputs to various craft centers located in South India. Tourists can easily reach the site by taking a bus from Chennai central.

Dakshin Chitra is great for both children and adults as you can try your hand at glass blowing, pottery and traditional games

Dakshina Chitra is open to visitors on all weekdays, except Tuesdays, between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may take a bus or a car from Parry’s Corner or Poonamalee to reach here. If you want to have a glimpse of the rich culture of South India, without any dilemma you should head straight to Dakshinachitra. Antique furniture or architectural specimens from ancient houses of 18th, 19th as well as early 20th century are brought over to add to the unique collection at DakshinaChitra, from the various regions of South India.

The total procedure requires painstaking effort. At first, a house is identified. It could either be the home of an Ikkat weaver in the northern fringes of Karnataka or an ancestral house in the Chettinad region. After its purchase, the house is dismantled. Then, its interesting parts are carried over to DakshinaChitra, where the house is recreated as an interesting period piece for a particular era in the region meant for the particular State.

Opening timings: 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on : Tuesday
Address : ECR (East Coast Road), Muttukadu, Chennai – 603118
Phone no: 044 – 27472603 , 27472783
Website :


Varkala Cliff and Holiday Tips

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Attractively charming Varkala beach provides a comparatively peaceful option to the now commercialized Kovalam. The setting of this beach is remarkable enough to takeyour breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that lengthen over the Arabian Sea. A cemented footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the base of the cliff is a long extend of luminous beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top.

Varkala Attractions:

Varkala is a magnificent place to relax and revitalize. It’s well known for its dramatic sunsets. Settle into one of the beach shacks with a drink, and you’ll have a continuous view of the sun as it gradually sinks down the horizon. The mineral spring that flows from the cliff at the southern end of the beach is thought to have medicinal properties. You’ll also find bounty of places specializing in yoga, and Ayurvedic massage and therapies. The Scientific School of Yoga, Naturopathy and Ayurveda Hospital is of good reputation. Sun Moon Project & East West Connection is suggested for reiki and energy healing. Meditation and art/creative workshops are also accessible. Shop ’til you drop at the continual rows of huts lining the cliff, stocking everything from jewelry to handicrafts. The Janardhana Swamy Temple festival is held every March.


Varkala Beaches:

Varkala’s major beach is called Papanasam Beach — which means demolisher of sins. The beach is divided into two parts, with the southern area at the end of the road leading from the Janardhana Swamy Temple considered holy to Hindus. It’s where they come to execute the last rites after close relatives have died. The tourist part of the beach is located further north, past the mineral spring, at the bottom of the cliff. There’s also another small beach with black sand near the coconut grove where the cliff ends in the far north, precedent Papanasam Beach.

Varkala Nightlife:

The nightlife in Varkala is pretty laid back. Some beach shacks, such as Rock n Roll, do have parties and play music late into the night. However the party vision is restricted by complaints from nearby hotels about the noise, and also the ban of alcohol. As Varkala is a holy town, none of the beach shacks are approved to serve alcohol, although this doesn’t stop them from doing so after paying sufficient compensation to the local police. Other nightlife includes traditional Kathakali dance performances in the evenings.

Varkala Travel Tips:

An important thing to keep in mind is the interesting wave pattern at Varkala. This sees Papanasam Beach totally immersed in the ocean during the monsoon season, while the black beach is available. After the monsoon, this tendency reverses with the black beach becoming engulfed in water and Papanasam Beach open.

During the monsoon season it’s therefore best to stay at the northern end of the cliff near the black beach, while in peak season, the southern end of the cliff provides the easiest access to Papanasam Beach as the stairs leading down the cliff are located there. This end of the cliff is also quieter.

It’s cheaper to stay away from the cliff, at the Indian southern end of Papanasam Beach, however the cliff isn’t easily reachable from this area (which suits people who want to avoid the crowds!). The Indian end of Papanasam Beach also remains isolated from the tourist part of the beach until the monsoon fully retreats and the beach totally opens up. Therefore if you want to go up to the cliff from there, it’s essential to take an auto rickshaw.

Varkala Location:

Varkala is situated between Alleppey and Kollam, around one hour north of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), in India’s southern state of Kerala.


Getting to Varkala:

Varkala cliff and beach are located a 10 minute drive away from Varkala town and railway station. Almost 20 Indian Railways trains stop at the station. If coming by train, take an auto rickshaw from the station for around 50 rupees ($1). otherwise, there are airports at Trivandrum and Kochi (around 4 hours north of Varkala).


Varkala Weather:

Varkala’s climate is very tropical and humid. It receives rain from both the southwest and northeast monsoon, which produce powerfully heavy downpours. The rain is at its nastiest from June to August, and late October to December. Late December to March are the best months to visit, when the weather is dry and sunny every day, and the temperature hovers around 30 degrees Celcius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The summer months of April and May become very moist and hot, with temperatures around 35 degrees Celcius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).




Bolgatty Island Cochin Kerala : A fine tourist destination


Bolgatty Island is one of the premium tourist spot in Kochi. Located beside Ernakulam Island and EillingdonIsland, the place is a preferred tourist hangout. The striking seas scenery and the tranquil atmosphere of the island are value a visit.

Bolgatty Island of Kochi is a tiny island which is just a boat ride away from Kochi harbor mouth. The small journey amidst the cool zephyr is very interesting. Though the island is reachable only through boat you can take up a train to Ernakulam which is juts 2 kilometers away. The nearest airport to Bolgatty Island in Kochi is Cochin International Airport which is about 22 kilometers from this island.

But the main magnet of Bolgatty Island at Kochi is the antique Bolgatty Palace which was built by a Dutch trader in the year 1744. The palace holds the peculiarity of the oldest Dutch palace outside Holland. In the year 1909, the Britishers took it over on rent.

At present the Bolgatty Palace at the Bolgatty Island is under the governance of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation i.e., KTDC. KTDC has renewed the palace into a legacy hotel with all the necessary luxurious services.

People, who wish to re-visit history, do check in to this plentiful heritage hotel at Kochi Bolgatty Island. You can feel the past under the royal setting of the palace hotel which proudly boasts of it historical days through its interior decoration.

Bolgatty Palace now boasts of modern facilities such as Swimming Pool, 9-hole golf course and is a destination of option for select Indian corporate for their conference and is a very accepted holiday destination for Indian privileged and abroad tourists.

Moreover, the Bolgatty Island is a perfect move away from the jostle and flurry of the crowded cities.

Getting there

The palace is reachable only by boat.
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 2 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 20 km from Ernakulam.


Thushargiri Waterfalls


Thushargiri is a mesmerizing spectacle to the visitor. Two streams originating from the Western Ghats assemble here to form the Chalippuzha River. The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray, which gives the name, ‘Thusharagiri’. Of the three, the highest waterfall is the Thenpara that falls from an altitude of 75 metres. The roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November. The waterfall with its gentle spray is sure to soothe every eye. The cascading waters of the waterfall slides past with surfy smiles.

Located at Kodencherry in Kozhikode district, the plantation destination that abounds in rubber, areca nut, pepper, ginger and spices is also a trekker’s enjoyment. Trekker’s start early morning from the second waterfalls at the hills and climb up through the perfectdense evergreen forests teeming with exotic birds and animals to reach Vythiri and Waynad district by evening. The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls. It is a place of beauty, calm, and tranquility. The place has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.


The place Thusharagiri offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing activity through the river path and numerous waterfalls. There is another dam located at 60 km from Calicut. It is a place of beauty, calm, and serenity. The place also has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.

Thusharagiri is an ideal spot for trekking & rock climbing towards the Lakkidi ghat passing through thick foliage & lush greenery. September to November is the best time to visit.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikkode about 50 kms away
Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport about 23 kms away from Kozhikkode town

Ranthambhore National Park Tiger Reserve : Rajasthan


The park, which is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. It also contains deserted fortress and lakes. Its ‘friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.

Flora and fauna

Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tigers and is a favorite with photographers. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora – species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals.


Ranthambore National Park is open from 1st October to 30th June (July – September closed to visitors). A good time to visit is between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.


There are only 2 safari visiting hours per day. Self travellers are recommended to book their canters or gypsy for zone 1, 2 or 3 at 5 am for 6 am safari or 12.30 for 2.30 pm safari from Project Tiger Booking Office opp New ST Stand at start point of most resorts on Ranthambore road. Zone Allotments are computerised and random based on the Reserve Management.

Ranthambore Travel Tips:

This national park is very popular due to its nearness to Delhi and the fact that tigers are relatively easy to spot here. Traffic into the park is highly regulated. Private vehicles are not allowed to enter, and the number of jeeps is limited to 20 at one time, split along 5 different zones. Availability of seats tends to vary quite a bit; therefore seats are best booked as far in advance as possible. Some zones, particularly two and three, are better than others for seeing tigers. Zone one is highly avoidable. However it’s not possible to choose your route. Selection is carried out by a lottery conducted by forest officials.

Fun facts

Safari rides are available twice every day – at 06:30 and 14:30. Each ride lasts for about 3 hours. Tourists can choose from two options of vehicles for the safari: 20-seats open top canter or 6-seats open top gypsy. Each ride costs around Rs 700-800 per person. The central park area is divided into several zones and the safari takes us on one of those zones. Most of the times, it’s not possible to sight a tiger in one outing, so people usually take more than one ride.


Surrounding Attractions


National Park (Ranthambore National Park), Rajasthan (Sawai Madhopur). Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan is one of the most visited wildlife parks in India. The main attractions of Ranthambore National Park are its tiger and bird population.

Ranthambhore Fort, (13 Km from Sawai Madhopur Railway station). Founded in 944 and initially named “Ranath Bhawar Garh” which means “a place of Rajput warriors”.

Bakula: Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is mostly covered with thick forest. Bakula is one of the thickly forested regions. Bakula region has various pools and water holes as well as a dense forest part, due to the forest cover and easily available water, abundance of wildlife is easily found in the Bakula Region.

Kachida Valley: Kachida Valley has many outcrops and low hills. This valley is located near to outskirts of Ranthambore national park. Tourists should go through Jeep Safari, while exploring this area.

Lakarda Anantpura: Lakarda Anantpura is located in the north and north-west part of the Ranthambhore National Park. This area is ideal location to visit Sloth Bears. Tourists can also find lots of ant hills, favourite of beers.

Jogi Mahal: This fort is among the must watch places in Ranthambore national park. This fort is located near to the park and offers amazing facilities to the tourists, to make their journey more comfortable.


Handicrafts Paintings ground nuts Rajasthani dresses

Get in

Nearest Town is Sawai Madhopur, situated on the Delhi-Mumbai railway line and also linked with Jaipur and Agra by rail.




The Bassein Fort


The Bassein Fort was established by the Portuguese in 1534, which sustained to be their headquarters till 1739. Located near Vasai, which is in north of Mumbai, the Bassein Fort was attacked by the Marathas in the 18th century. After a three long year fight the Bassein fort became a control of the Maratha rulers in 1739.

Now in skeleton the Bassein Fort stands upright behind the palm groves as an example of the great Maratha rulers. The entrance leads to a small terrace from where the bits and pieces of the old fort can be seen that are mostly broken now. The remnants of the fort still demonstrate the amazing architecture of the history. There are three chapels inside the Fort that resembles the architecture of the 17th century Portuguese churches. The southernmost chapel has a well conserved barrel arched ceiling.

Although the fort is in a broken condition, the remnants of the standing walls give a clear idea of the floor plans of these forts. Decorated with engraved stones, some of these arches still exhibit sharp carves and some have damaged out beyond recognition.

Bassein is a shipbuilding centre today and was ruled by many rulers, such as, the Portuguese, the Marathas and the British. Many Bollywood films are also shot in Bassein Fort.

Getting there:
Bassein fort is 77km from Mumbai. It can be reached by local train from Mumbai or Vasai road. Auto rickshaw or taxis are accessible at the station.

Nearby Attractions

About 10-km to the northwest lies Nalasopara village, the capital of the Konkan region from 1500 BC to 1300 AD. Many Buddhist leftovers were discovered here. Nalasopara is believed to have been the birthplace of Buddha.

An hour by bus from Bassein station are the Vajreshwari temple and the Akoli hot springs Also easily reachable is Ganeshpuri  with the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi Mandir, the Bhimeshwar temple and other ashrams.


Odissi Dance


Odissi Dance - The Odissi dance of Odisha (Orissa) is one of the six recognized classical dance forms of India. Like all other Indian classical dances, it also has its beginning in religion and point of view with a source in the temples of Odisha (Orissa). The beat, Bhangis and Mudras used in Odissi dance have a different style of its own. The dance is performed mainly with the theme of Infinite love of Lord Krishna and Radha.

The related art of this dance and music is more commonly known as the Panchama Veda that was refined with success from a very ancient period in Odisha (Orissa). It was King Mahameghavahan Kharvela, a talented master in the art of dance and music himself, who provided a strong footing for further development of this art through his royal backing.

The Hathi Gumpha inscription states that in his third royal year King Kharvela entertained the people of capital city by organizing dance and musical performances. This dignified tradition created by Kharvela came to be followed by the latter rulers of Odisha (Orissa), and this art made further strides of development under the patronage of the Bhaumakara and Somavansi sovereigns.

However, the community which played the maximum role in popularizing this art–by giving it a news sprit, a new expects and horizon–was the community of the temple maidens or Devadasis. Devadasis or Maharis used to perform this dance form and used to perform it before the lord as a form of prayer or ceremony. At first, only some Mantras accompanied their Nrutya. But after Jayadev composed the Geeta Govindam, thus incorporating abhinaya in dance form, the grace of this dance form got revitalized.

Odissi dance would have got diminished inside the temples but for Ray Ramananda–a dramtist and musician–who introduced it in another form. He taught Odissi to some boys and presented the dance form as Gotipua Nacha. He influenced Chaityna Dev that singing and dancing were also forms of prayer. Thus, Odissi dance form was enriched by the encouragement of various kings and a sweeping Vaishnava cult. Consequently, Odissi was further refined and became a higher form of dance than Gotipua Nacha.

Odissi includes both Tandava and Lasya elements. It has Navatala system. But the element that distinguishes Odissi form other dance forms is the grace. In Odissi, the torso movement is considered very important which is soft, lyrical and graceful. The basic body position is chowka that is supposed to be a copy of Lord Jagnnath’s body position.

The dance has a mention in Bharat Natya Shastra as ‘Odramagadhi’–one of the antique names of Odisha (Orissa) other than Kalinga and Utkal. The five departments of Odissi are Mangalacharan, Sthai or Batu, Pallavi, Abhinaya and Moksha. Odissi has its own style and music.

Similar to other classical dance forms, in Odissi too the Guru Shisya tradition is common. It takes around five to seven years to get trained in this style. But, as Guru says, a whole life commitment also seems to be less to master the form entirely.

Famous Odissi Dancers – Some of the well-known Odissi dancers are Guru Pankajcharan, Guru Kelucharna, Late Debprasad, late Sanjukta Panigrahi, Kumkum Mohanty, Indrani Rehema, Guru Nabakishore, Guru Gangadhar, Guru Ranbir, Guru Subrat Pattaniak and Illena.

Puthenpalli Chandanakudam Festival


Puthenpalli Chandanakudam is a two-day festival held in Changanacherry amid much pomp and splendor. It takes place at ChanganachKeralaerry Puthrupalli, a mosque dating back to 400 years ago. (The first mosque in Changanacherry Old Mosque is about 960 years old.)

This annual festival, observed in the month of December, is celebrated by people from across all strata and religion.
The highlight is a colorful procession of five to seven tuskers beginning from the mosque. Various cultural performances and musical ensembles are staged during the festival. A show of dazzling fireworks marks the grand finale.

In the vast country India, the small town of Changanachery, is a good example of religious harmony, where people of all communities and ethnic backgrounds have amicably co-existed for centuries, enriching each other’s lives.

There is a historical basis to the marvelous scene of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim worship places stands together in Changanachery. It is indeed a history of religious harmony.

It was Udaya Marthanda Varama who built the Kavil Temple near the palace. He divided same land for the worship buildings of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. He wished to hear the different religious prayers at the same time from the same place. According to the guidance and construction of Udaya Marthanda Varma, the famous Chandanakkundam (pot made up of Sandal wood) celebrations began.

On every Christmas evening the 25th of December, the procession with Chandanakkudam starts from, Jumma Masjid. The decorated elephants carry the young men with the sacred pots. It is the Kavil Temple that gives the first welcome to this procession. This procession, after receiving warm welcomes in various places by the people from different spheres of life, reaches of Puthoor Mosque by the morning of the 27th December.

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