Thaipooya Kaavadi maholsavam, at Ulloor Bala Subrahmania Swamy temple, Trivandrum - Jan 2016
The annual "Thaipooya Kaavadi maholsavam" at Bala Subramania Swamy Temple situated at Ulloor, Trivandrum, attracts thousand of devotees. The festival falls on "Pooyam" day in the Malayalam month of Makaram (approx January).
a kid during thaipooya kaavadi
The legends have it that Sage Agasthya, had wanted his favourite disciple, Hidumbasura, to bring two hillocks, from Kailasam, the abode of Lord Shiva. Hidumbasura, and the obedient disciple set out to Kailasam and plucked out the two hillocks after paying due obeisance to the Lord. He made a bow of wood and placed the two hillocks on either side of it and balanced it across his mighty shoulders the first Kaavadi ever. He planned to bring it back to his Guru's ashrama, but destiny and the Lord Subrahmaniya had decided otherwise.
The procession accompanied by caparisoned elephants sets off early in the morning from the Shiva temple near Gowrisapattom and covers over five kilometers to the Subrahmania temple. Tiny tots go in for the "palkavadi" a pot full of milk, while the young and old take the "pookavadi" ,the kavadi may contain vibhuthi or flowers which will be offered to the deity after the procession.
young kid fully immersed in kaavadi
kaavadi during thaipooya kaavadi maholsavam
enjoying the kaavadi
you can notice the contraption made of wood.
mayil kaavadi during thaipooya kaavadi maholsavam
And here are some pictures of the trivandrum nagarasaba cleaning stuffs during the thaippooya kaavadi maholsavam 2016. I personally like to thank each and every member of the trivandrum nagarasaba cleaning staffs for keeping the city clean. High five for the team ..!!
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