Aannayoottu in Thrissur, Kerala
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Aannayoottu in Thrissur
Venue: Vadakkumnatha Temple, Thrissur
The ritualistic annual Aanayoottu ceremony, which takes place at the
Vadakkumnatha Temple in Thrissur is an interesting event. Aanayoottu literally
means feeding the elephants with specially prepared food, which is valued for
its high medicinal value. This medicinal concoction is regarded vital for
enhancing the well being of the elephants.
At this ceremony, elephants are lined up on the first day of the Malayalam
month of Karkidakam (July-August). The month of Karkidakam is considered ideal
for all kinds of rejuvenation therapies in Ayurveda, the Indian system of
- Nearest railway station: Thrissur, a few minutes drive from the Temple.
- Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 kms from