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  1. About padanilam sivaratri

    Padanilam Parabrahma Temple in Alappuzha is one of the unique temples in Kerala, which is dedicated to Lord Parabrahma. The temple has no compound wall or roofs, no closing or opening, no Brahmin priests and is open to all devotees regardless their caste and religion. Annual Sivaratri, popularly known as Padanilam Sivaratri, is the most famous festival of this temple, which is celebrated in grand style and fervor. In the morning, thousands of devotees witness the grand event called Kavadiyattam for Lord Subramanya. In the evening is the spectacular Kettulsavam, when giant effigies of bulls, known as Kettukala or kettukazcha, from 13 distinct villages (kara) come to the temple premises. These intricately decorated tall effigies of bulls, as big as 70-80 feet, are pulled on wooden chariots. Idols of Hindu deities and effigies of mythological characters like Bhima, are also placed on these chariots. The celebrations continue till midnight.

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    The festival is celebrated at Padanilam Parabrahma Temple at Nooranad in Alappuzha, at about 60 km from Alappuzha city. It is 7 km from Pandalam town and 17 km from Kayamkulam town. Several private and KSRTC buses ply through this place and can also be accessed by hiring a taxi or cab.

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    Enjoy the colorful celebrations. Pay respect to the traditions and practices of the locality.

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    This is one of the grandest Sivaratri festivals of Kerala. Due to the cultural importance of the village, Kerala Government has a proposal to recognize this place as the Nandikesha Paithruka Gramam.

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