Koodalmanikyam Temple or Kudal Manikkam Temple or Koodalmanikkam Temple is located in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala. The main idol worshippped here is of Bharatha, brother of Rama. The Utsavam or festival here starts one day after the famous Thrissur Pooram festival and lasts for 11 days. Each day of the festival, Seeveli is held twice, once in the morning and once at night, accompanied by Panchari melam. Seventeen elephants take part – two baby elephants are included in the procession, one standing on each side of the main elephant carrying the deity. The Netti pattam of seven elephants are made of gold while the rest are made of silver. Here are some of the photos shot during 23rd April 2016.
According to guruvayurdevaswom.nic.in, the Utsavam lasts for ten days. Beginning on the day of Pushya (the 8th asterism) in the month of Kumbham ( February-March), it ends after the Aarattu on the 10th day. Religiously, it is the restoration of divine Chaithanya. Brahmakalasam is preceded by the Utsavam. It is aimed at the purification and energisation of the powers of the deity. It is the last of the long series of rituals of kalasam and at the end, the flag will be hoisted heralding the Utsavam. Culturally, it consists of various processions, illumination and modest fire-works (this is a specialty of Guruvayur Utsavam that no explosives are used, unlike most of the other Kerala temples). All ten days, the place wears a festive look, streets dressed up with arches, festoons etc., houses freshly thatched and painted. Every shrine and building is tastefully decorated with lights, plantain trunks, bunches of coconut and arecanuts. Two Gopurams and the bahyankana (outer-courtyard) are elaborately decorated with illuminations and eye-catching electric displays. The lamps, deepasthambams and vilakku are all lightened. These pictures were taken on 21st Feb 2016.