Attuvela Mahotsavam is celebrated at he Elamkavu Bhagavathy Temple, located at Vadayar in Kottayam, Kerala. A shift from the popular elephants and temples, this one is an engrossing water carnival that has its root connected to a legend.
The carnival is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. It is believed that Elamkavu Bhagavathy is the sister of Kodungalloor Bhagavathy. Both the sisters are welcomed into the state by means of this festival.
This grand water festival celebrated for two days, starts on Aswathy asterism in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March – April) and ends on Bharani asterism. This year i.e 2019 it is celebrated on the 7th and 8th of April.’
Unlike the regular loud and boisterous festivals, this one is calm and serene and emanates a vibe of peace, welcome and prayer.
According to legend, the festival is a welcome ceremony for the Goddess of Kodungalloor, who comes to visit her sister, the Goddess of Elamkavu.
During the two-day Attuvela, the event starts with festooned and beautifully illuminated canoes, carrying a huge replica of the temples of Kerala that sail down the waters accompanied by hordes of colourfully decorated small canoes and temple percussion music. The procession of canoes starts from the Attuvela Kadavu, 2 km away from the temple.
The moving entourage is supported with the temple music playing inside each of the models. The lightening of the replicas combines with the dusky evenings to reciprocate a heavenly view.
Widely adored by the people of Kerala, this spectacle is a sight to witness and definitely calls for a visit.