aanayoottu(ceremonial feasting of elephants in kerala ,temple of vadakkunnath at Trichur)
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 medicine.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, a few minutes drive from the Temple.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 kms from Thrissur town.