(Snake Boat race)
The Holy River Pampa is
the life line of Central Travancore and the Snake boats (Chundan valloms)
are one of the cultural gift to the Keralites by the 'River Pampa'. The
major snake boat races are conducted in the Pampa waters at various
localities, via Ayroor, Malakkara, Chengannur, Mannar, Neeretupuram,
Payipadu, Pulinkunnu and Allapuzha as well as Aranmula. The snake boat
race (chundan Vallom kali) is one of the important "Traditional Game" in
One of the most
important boat races is being conducted at Aranmula in the River Pampa.
Aranmula Boat festival is connected to the Annual Onam Festival of
Kerala. Annually about 35 Snake boats other wise called 'Palliyodams'
participate in the Aranmula 'Uthruttathy Jalolswom'. The Aranmula
Jalolswam is steadily and fast growing into a great international
event in India. The Aranmula Boat race is
the biggest domestic tourist event which attracts millions every year.
This spectacular regatta has found its own place in the international
tourist map and every year a large number of tourists come over to
Kerala to watch this boat race.
"Palliyodams" are given
the sanctity of a temple due to
faith in the presence of the deity.
"Parthasarathy" (Lord Krishna), of the holy shrine of the Aranmula
Temple. Snake boat pageantry is held as a part of the anniversary
celebrations of the 'Idol' installation of
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple believed to have been held centuries ago
on an Uthruttathy day in Chingam, 1st calendar month of Malayalam Era.
This legendary festival is a great annual event of Central Travancore.
It has religious, artistic and social overtones. No where else in the
world would there be such an event with
millions of people taking part ( one
Eanam and Thalam). It
has no parallel as it is commemorative of an ancient tradition rooted
about 600 years in history. The Aranmula Jalolswom is steadily growing
into a great international event in India and abroad. The "Discovery
Television channel has beamed the beauty of the Aranmula
Snake boat race all over the World.
Aranmula Boat race has
manifold significance. It has contributed immensely to the communal
harmony as it has become a cosmopolitan, social event, participated by
people of all religions, age and creed. It attracts thousands of
domestic and foreign tourists. Unlike the sporting and competitive
aspects of other boat races artistic, social
and religious too aspects are given