Aanayottam (Elephant Race)


(Elephant Race)

Aanayottam is festival at Guruvayoor and Thiruvarpu temples.

Aanayottam at Guruvayoor is conducted during the month of Kumbham, which marks the beginning of temple festival. The race of elephant will be conducted on the occasion. The race will be from Manjulal at the east gate of Guruvayoor to the main entrance of the temple. Later the elephants will be taken to inside of the temple and after running three rounds, the elephant that touches the kodimaram (flag post) will be declared as the winner. In Thruvarpu temple, Aanayottam was conducted in the month of Medam to mark the beginning of festival.