Parayeduppu Festival the Pride and Beauty of Onattukara!


Before the flag hoisting of the annual festival, Parayeduppu is conducted to the different karas . Veruvally Bhagom, Karuvattum Kuzhi, Kannampally Bhagom, Malamel Bhagom, Keerikkadu South, Kandalloor South, Kandalloor North, Puthiavila South and Puthiavila North areas will be blessed with the annual visit of Sri Dharma Sastha!

ParayeduppuLike most of the other famous temples in Onattukara, Pullukulangara temple also has its own Jeevatha, which is constructed according to Thachusasthra (architecture). The Jeevatha resembles a palanquin, decorated with red woollen cloth and gold and mirror pieces, in which the Deity comes to visit his devotees once a year.

Two Namboothiris, wearing dhothies and tieing towels around the head and waist in a traditional style, will be carrying the teak poles on which the Jeevatha is fitted, on shoulders, accompanied by lamps, decorated umbrellas, temple orchestra, etc. Drums, cymbals and wind instruments like Kombu and Kuzhal (trumpets) enrich the rhythm which follows the Ramapuram Tradition.

The Parayeduppu is performed with a peculiar dance with unique steps (Chuvadu Vechu Kali), which is the grace of Onattukara of Karthikappally Thaluk in Alappuzha District. The Namboothiris from Mankulam and Keecheri Madam in Puthiavila, those from the Illams of Pallippadu, Cheppad and Nangiarkulangara areas in Onattukara are excellent, skillful and dedicated experts in Chuvadu Vechu Kali.

A special offering called Anpoli is also held during the Parayeduppu Utsava, given in gratitude for the blessings showered in particular. In this, instead of a single Para filled with paddy, five Paras will be filled, with Paddy, Rice, Aval (a preparation of rice obtained from fried paddy by pestling), plantain and jaggery respectively. This procession will be received with Thalappoli and will take about an hour to finish. The 1st para (Kaineetta Para) was given by the Kayamkulam Raja from the construction of the temple upto the ruin of the Kingdom. When Thiruvithamcore (Travancore) came into existance, the Kaineetta Para was given by the Government, which is still continuing.