Preparations have begun for the popular and historic Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani festival at the Chettikulangara Devi Temple near Mavelikkara here.
The preparations began on Monday, with the first steps being taken for manufacturing the gigantic motifs, known as ‘Kettukazhcha' and which present a captivating visual spectacle known as the ‘Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha' drawing thousands of devotees to the temple every year.
Representatives of the 13 provinces, known as ‘kara' in local parlance, reached the temple and after making offerings to the deity, began the work around 9.30 a.m.
The event, conducted every year on the auspicious day of the ‘Bharani Nakshatram' of the Malayalam month of ‘Kumbham', will have the offerings of devotees from the 13 provinces, being paraded in the form of the motifs in the temple ground after a colourful procession along the roads leading to the temple on that day.
The ‘Kumbha Bharani' festivities of the 1,200-year-old Chettikulangara Devi temple were shortlisted last year to be bestowed with the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) status from the UNESCO.