Postcard from Kottayam, India

Another reblog from Ron’s photos. This was an incredible cultural experience. Hope you enjoy. We are in Udaipur now and will be in the Rajastan state for a week. As our guide told us, the food and dialect changes every 100 km throughout India. The diversity is what makes India incredible.

Ron Mayhew

We had an opportunity to visit the Thirunakkata Utsavam Festival and witness this passionate and lively celebration. Β Twenty two elephants paraded through the Thiirunakkara Mahadevar temple grounds unadorned. Then each one was caprisoned in glittering gold brocade.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

Next, entered two horn and drum ensembles engaging in β€œmelems”, trying to musically outdo each other.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

The men riding the elephants carried umbrellas and large fans and performed to the music.

Thirunakkara Festival photo

Several thousand spectators cheered them on .We enjoyed taking pictures of them and they enjoyed taking pictures of us. Very few Westerners there.

The event was officially opened by Bollywood superstar Jayaram.Jayaram Bollywood photo

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About travelerlynne

Traveler. Writer. Retired Educator.Traveling on and off the beaten path with my photographer husband. Volunteering locally as well as in Haiti and Tanzania, an enriching and humbling experience. A sun lover! Shelling, boating, fishing and watching sunsets. Growing mango, banana, key lime,and pineapple.Making smoothies and chutneys. Enjoying family and friends! Savoring each new day!
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15 Responses to Postcard from Kottayam, India

  1. Wow! What a great trip you’re having, Lynne. Ron’s photos are wonderful. πŸ™‚

  2. This looks like an amazing experience. I was in Udaipur and Rajastan in March 2011. India is endlessly fascinating. A bit of a hardship, but an adventure through and through. Have fun! πŸ™‚

  3. Incredible. You really need to take a video with sound. I’d love to hear these elephants. I am so jealous! Your trip looks fantastic.

  4. Madhu says:

    Fabulous shots of the festival!! That is a Malayalam movie star (Bollywood refers to Hindi films). Our diversity extends to our regional movie industries as well, tagged rather unimaginatively as Kollywood, Tollywood and the works!!! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks for straightening me out. We went by the newspaper article the following day and our guide who kept saying Bollywood. What’s funny is that I got a good shot of him and Ron didn’t. πŸ™‚ My instincts helped.

  5. restlessjo says:

    I wondered whereabouts you were. Love those elephants! Happy times still to come, Lynne πŸ™‚

  6. Gigi Galore says:

    Wow!! I can almost hear the jingle jangle! How utterly wonderful!!! And gorgeous photos! πŸ™‚

  7. It happened to be my birthday that very day and I kept thanking Ron for giving me such a great party. What fun we had. πŸ™‚

  8. Tahira says:

    Incredible shots! So lively & colorful as I imagine India to be. It is definitely on my list of places to visit!

  9. Do go to India. It is truly incredible and plan it around a festival of which I am convinced of…hundreds and hundreds of them. Having access to the “inner circle” of this festival, made it all the more doable for Ron an I to photograph.Being the only Americans there made us subjects of Indian photographers. I told one Indian photographer that he had more pictures of me than my husband does. Fun experience. πŸ™‚

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