Celebrated In: India
The Thaipooya Mahotsavam festival is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the eldest son of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi. It is celebrated in most of the temples around Kerala but Thrissur town is well known as interesting place to see this celebration. It is celebrate at Sree Maheswara Temple at Koorkancheri in the Thrissur town at Kerala. Thrissur is about 70 kilometers from famous Kochi town and it is easy to reach it either by bus or by train.
During the festival the temple is crowded by a lot of people – devotees who carry Kavadies or wooden arches of different shapes and sizes. These arches are finely decorated mostly by artificial flowers and dance in celebration. This ritual dance is called Kavadiyattom and it starts at morning until noon then it breaks through the hottest part of the day. Dancing continues at evening. There are several groups who performing the dance. It is also fairly competition which group has nicest decoration. Each dance group consist from several ambalakkavadi - it is a decorated model of a temple which is high and tall which a male devotee carries on his shoulders - and many pookkavadi participate in a dance.