Captivating features of Poornathrayeesa Utsavam 2009 held at Tripunithura temple
I am riding my bike through the streets of Tripunithura with a helmet on my head. I took a U-turn from statue junction moving ahead, towards the poornathrayeesa temple. I can see people inside their shops that are ready for the ulsavam in the temple. There are police men on both sides of the streets vigilant to act in case of protest. I shifted the bike to first gear and started exerting a push- pull pressure on the clutch to give me pickup and drop for a zig zag turn, sliding the bike through the mob watching the utsavam. I managed to park the vehicle in front of a shop and started walking towards the temple with Jk.
Tripunithura is decorated like a newly wedded wife with jewellery replaced by flowers and decorative lights. Children are eating mulaku bhajiya(chilly bhajiya) and buying toys from the shops on both side of the street that end at the temple entrance of poornathrayeesan sree Vishnu. For Poornathrayeesa utsavam 2009, girls are busy watching boys and boys are busy watching the mob : ) ha ha… no comments. I am not looking for either of them but a shop that sells sugarcane juice. I remember the location of the shop in 2008 and to my surprise I located it at the same position in 2009 .
Jk and I had the sugarcane juice and bought a red colored chocolate made by local sellers. I asked Jk to test some eatables but he resisted due to his malfunctioning stomach which suffered the problems during Mumbai visit. He said that we can taste it tomorrow with a hope of getting his stomach to normal.
I can also hear sweet melodious sounds coming from a shop nearby that is selling audio DVD’s. I looked upwards and I can see the temple decorated with lights making its structure glow in the night. Poornathrayeesa temple is a popular temple in Ernakulam based in the hearts of Tripunithura, the land of royal blood. Poornathrayeesa ulsavam is a eight day celebration and with the visitors increasing day-by-day.
The ulsavam begins with a kodiettu followed by pancharimelam, cacheris, kathakali, Chakyarkoothu, Ottanthullal, musical concerts and bharatanatyam dance. Great artists from around kerala gather at the temple to demonstrate their skills before lord poornathrayeesa . Lord poornathrayeesa is believed to be residing the temple as child Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. His presence reflects positive energy and growth to the residents of Tripunithura. Previous year I met Jayasurya, a Malayalam actor who came to view the utsavam. Ernakulam is not scarce of celebrities and they are often visible here.
I did not go inside the temple as I was not fresh after a journey from MG road to Tripunithura. We have decided to go and visit the temple tomorrow morning. I do not plan to wear a mundu or a dhoti but I am happy that I got rid of a bulky tummy which was there a year ago. I had to hide it with the shirt half covered over my chest and make my stomach shift inside to avoid the laughs from girls. I am now pleased and willing to run a body show LIVE in the temple. Kidding…
I also would like to invite you all to the marriage of my friend Ananthakrishnan that will be held tomorrow in mavellikkara. We will leave Ernakulam at 8 in the morning. The marriage is at 11 am and we expect Dileep to land us at the place before the marriage begins. I think tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me as I will have to spend more time in office, working on the tasks I wont be able to attend in the morning.
I will keep you updated about the rituals in the ulsavam and temple. Also I hope to visit the temple and view the dance and elephants LIVE. Celebrations start from 4 in the afternoon and continue until the morning. Utsavams in kerala are the energy exhibitors for the citizens worried with their daily activities.
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