Date :11 April 2014.
The Attuvela Mahotsavam is a two-day water carnival that takes place in the Kottayam district of Kerala, in the month of March - April
Held in the ´Meenam´ month of the Malayalam calendar, this festival centres on the Goddess Bhagavathy who is believed to be a powerful goddess of this region and is worshipped with immense respect.The essence of the Attuvela Mahotsavam festival is the procession of lit up canoes that carry huge temple replicas sails down the Moovattupuzha River towards the Elankavu Bhagavathy Temple. Goddess Bhagavathy being the presiding idol in this temple is worshipped during this Mahotsavam. Accompanying the procession are many small canoes which are beautifully decorated with vibrant colours, and percussion music from temple is played along with.
This water procession commences from the Attuvela kadavu which is 2 kilometers from the temple. This procession is what makes this festival a must see for people, and thousands of people visit Kerala during this event and make it even more beautiful.
Another important ritual during this festivity is the Garudan Thookkam (Eagle hanging). The speciality here is that this is also done on small boats accompanying the procession. In Garudan Thookam, people who dress up as Garudan perform the dance and are hung from a shaft with hooks, hooked to their skin.