Capturing the richness of Kalpathy chariot festival
The agraharams of Kalpathy have a fragrance of holiness. The brahmins of the agraharams in Kalpathy came there upon the invitation of the king of Palakkad. They wanted to continue the tradition of their forefathers and the king built agraharams for them. 96 agraharams exist in Palakkad alone. 18 of them exist in the city. Kalpathy is always filled with music, dance and Kathakali. The beauty of Kalpathy is enhanced during the famous Kalpathy chariot race. Thousands of people throng the place to witness the race. Balakrishnan Ulliyeri captures the spirit of the festival through his lens
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Till a few years back, all homes in Agraharam had the same look. But now, tiled houses painted in red are seen more in Kalpathy.

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Whatever changes come, symbols of tradition are still seen in Kalpathy

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Kalpathy river- the lifeline of agraharams

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Chariots getting ready near the agraharams

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Devotees offering their respects

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The richly adorned chariot

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The richly adorned chariot

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The richly adorned chariot

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Business is thriving amid the scorching heat

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People of all ages throng the festival

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A boy's prank on top of the chariot

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Checking mobile range inside the chariot

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A family from Chittoor that came to offer Lotus flowers as an offering

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Vighnesh belongs to the present generation of the Thanthri family. 

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'Annadhanam'

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'Annadhanam'

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Due to scorching heat, a trader takes a bath 

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Business thriving near the chariot

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Thanthris coming for puja inside the chariot

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Thanthris coming for puja inside the chariot

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Thanthris climbing up the chariot

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Bhramashree A R Ramagovinda Bhattacharyar became the chief priest (Thantri) of 27 temples. He also participated in the kumbhabhishekam held at Singapore and Malaysia

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Bhramashree A R Ramagovinda Bhattacharyar exchanging pleasantries with Shafi Parambil MLA

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The number of devotees increased manifold as the festival progressed

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Time for the chariot to roll. Thantris and devotess approach the chariot for the puja

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Ready to push the chariot. An elephant wearing a sack instead of the traditional 'nettipattam.'

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The chariot starts rolling. 

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