Arat at Guruvayoor
Arat procession starts from
Padmanabha Swami temple at Thiruvananthapuram
Arat procession at Thiruvananthapuram
The closing ceremony of temple festival is known as Arat.
The idol of the god is taken in festive procession and dipped in the river, pond or sea.
The people also dip themselves with the idol.
The priests and followers take part in the function.
In most temples of Kerala Arat is performed at the end of the temple festival.
Arts at Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple in the month of Kumbham and Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple at Thiruvananthapuram are very famous. At the Sri.Padmanabha Swami Temple, there will be two festivals in a year. They are Alpasi celebrations in the month of Thulam (October-November) and Painkuni celebrations in Meenam (March-April).
Arat is performed in a great festive mood on both the occasions.
When the Arat of other temples were conducted in rivers or ponds, arat of Sri Padmanabha Swami temple is conducted in sea at shanghumukhom beach trivandrum