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