The chariot of blessings rolls on the street of Kalpathi agrahara
The annual ten-day chariot festival conducted at the Sri Viswanatha Swamy temple in the Kalapthi village of Palakkad district. Conducted in every November, thousands of devotees gather together to draw decorated temple chariots through the streets on the last three days of the festival. Views on the main day of festival. Photos: PP Rathish
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People pray and take photos as the chariot is drawn through the streets. The main venue of the festival is at Kalpathi on the banks of Nila river.

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Devotees celebrate during the procession. The streets of Kalpathi come alive with devotion along with the jubilant celebrations. A large number of tourists visit Kalpathi to witness this colourful festival.

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Women devotees pull the chariot. Its main attraction is the rolling of Rathams (temple chariots) through the streets of the four Agraharams (Tamil Brahmin villages) of Kalpathi.

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People seek blessings before the deity.Recitations of Vedic rituals and cultural programmes are held.

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A view of the chariot. Chariots from 4 temples of Kalpathi come together and round the streets of the villages in the grand procession.

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Final touch on the chariot before the procession. This event has been celebrated for centuries.

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Silhouette of chariot. Final 3 days bring the gigantic chariots to the streets.

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Devotees give offering before the deity. The temple is known as one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Malabar region.

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A family enjoys the view of the chariot to his daughter. In 2018, the main 3 days of the festival are from November 14 to 16.

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