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Everything About Anayoottu Ritual

Context:

Anayoottu, an annual ritual at the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur was recently held.

Relevance:

GS I- History

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Anayoottu
  2. Reason for the Anayootu

About Anayoottu

  • The Aanayoottu (gaja pooja/ feeding of elephants) is a festival held in the precincts of the Vadakkunnathan temple in City of Thrissur, in Kerala.
  • The festival falls on the first day of the month of Karkkidakam (timed against the Malayalam calendar), which coincides with the month of July.
  • It entails placing several plain elephants in the middle of a throng of people so they can be adored and fed.
  • People swarm the temple in order to feed the elephants.

Reason for the Anayoottu

  • The god of riches and desire fulfilment, Lord Ganesha, is said to be appeased by presenting poojas and delectable food to the elephants.
  • The Aanayottoo ceremony has been held annually at the Vadakkunnathan temple, which is one of the oldest Shiva temples in southern India.

-Source: The Hindu


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