Kerala, Photography

Poorotsavam: A Unique Festival in North Kerala

Summer months in North Kerala is the time of festivals. If you are ready to brave the hot and humid conditions, ready to burn midnight oil, you will be rewarded with the best of experiences …

Poorotsavam is yet another unique festival celebrated in Northern Kerala to invoke the blessings of lord Kamadeva (Cupid) by young girls.

It’s a nine day festival and on the last day, a flower carpet is created with locally collected flowers. Velichappad or Pothi, a possessed one, visits houses and blesses devotees.

There are many other rituals and dance forms associated with Pooram (Poorotsavam) during all these days and the ambience is filled with sounds, lights and the fragrance of flowers…

Have a look at some of the images from this festival and thank you for your time 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Poorotsavam: A Unique Festival in North Kerala”

    1. You are right, Jeff 🙂

      It’s just one of the nine day festivals, there are many 🙂

      In Hinduism there are 330 million gods, though not all are named and worshiped separately, but hundreds of thousands for sure …

      It’s a culturally vibrant land…

      Thank you so much for your visit and comments 🙂

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  1. Excellent street photography of Poorotsavam celebrations and festivities. I like the variety – up close and from a distance to capture all the action. As you said in your earlier comment, INdia does looks like one culturally vibrant land. Amazing how people can come together and agree on celebrating something that has been celebrated throughout history. Hope you are well, Sreejith. Always love seeing your photography 🙂

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    1. The more I experience it, the more I am getting curious and wanted to learn about our own culture and rich heritage…

      The best thing is, now I have turned my passion to my career and it gives me lot of opportunities to see, experience and learn about all these and a transformation is happening with in me 🙂

      Thank you so much for your time and kind words, Mabel 🙂

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  2. Poorotsavam is an interesting festival, again I did not know about it. Your pictures are the reflection of the beautiful aura of sight, sound and smell that prevails for the 9 days of the festival. As you said this is a festival to invoke the blessings of Lord Kamadeva by young girls, so do they perform any rituals or they just worship? The pictures mostly cover men performing some rituals or practising the dance forms. The floral carpet so beautifully made. Thank you Sreejith for sharing such unique posts. I wish I could be there to witness such festivals.

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    1. To be frank, I failed to share the the most important thing about the whole festival, that’s called ‘Poovidal’, means, young girls make flower carpets on each day of the festival. On the last day of the festival, Kama Deva’s form is made out of flowers.

      I have shared one such huge flower carpet which is made entirely of unique wild flowers.

      I will be updating the post once I unearth a decent image of this ritual, then only the post will be a complete one 🙂

      Thank you so much for your time and observant comments 🙂

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    1. This place is really magical, Yvette !!

      As I mentioned many a times, I am just lucky to live in this amazing land, culturally vibrant and also in it’s manifestations…

      Thanks again for your visit and time 🙂

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    1. Of course, North Kerala has some really interesting art forms and rituals which are different from what we have in South.

      I am yet to explore South Kerala properly.

      Hope you get to experience Theyyam one day 🙂

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