Anayoottu Ritual of Kerala

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Anayuttu, which is an annual ritual at Sri Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur, Kerala, was held recently.

Important facts

  • There is a history behind this annual ritual at the temple.

  • Kerala's elephant Pooram was selected along with other cultural forms of the country to perform at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games held in Delhi in 1982.

  • Taking elephants to Delhi was a difficult task.

  • A trial run of the train carrying elephants was conducted from Thrissur to Ernakulam before the journey.

  • Thirty-four elephants from across the State were selected and readied for the journey. 

  • Many of them belonged to the Guruvayur temple in Punnathur Kotta.

  • The elephants included Kuttinarayanan of Guruvayur Devaswom, who later came to be known as Asiad Appu, the mascot of the Asian Games.

What is Anayoottu?

  • Anayuttu is an annual religious ritual at Sree Vadakkunathan Temple, Thrissur in which special food is fed to over 50 elephants.

  • Food is offered to elephants to please Lord Ganesha who, according to Hindu belief, removes obstacles in one's life.

  • In this, many ornate elephants are kept amidst a crowd of people for worship and food.

  • A huge crowd gathers in the temple to feed the elephants.

  • The Vadakkunnathan Temple, which is considered to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India, has hosted the Anayattu event for the past few years.

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