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Ochira Kali, the annual festival at the Parabrahma temple highlights the martial skills of the participants. The historical background of the festival is linked with the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha. The rulers of Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha are said to have fought a battle at this place, and the festival is conducted to commemorate the historical event. On these days martial displays are presented in the morning, turning the padanilam (battle field) into an arena of action-packed artistry. Men irrespective of age engage in mock duels wielding wooden sticks in their hands on a vast ground filled with water up to the knee level.

  • Starts On : June 15, 2006
  • Ends On : June 16, 2006


  • Ochira Parabrahma Temple, Ochira, Kollam district. This is a unique place of worship, which has neither a structure to house an idol nor an idol to worship. The abstract principle of the Parabrahmam or the Universal Consciousness is the presiding deity here.

Getting there:

  • Nearest railway station: Ochira - only walking distance
  • Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 105 km

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