The 10-day annual festival at Sree Parthasarathy Temple on the banks of the Pampa at Aranmula began with the ritualistic Kodiyettu ceremony on Thursday.

A ceremonial procession carrying flowers for the Pushpabhishekom ritual at the Parthasarathy temple was taken out from the Vilakkunmadom temple at Edayaranmula in the morning.

Temple Tantri (chief priest) Narayanan Padmanabhan Bhattathiripad performed the rituals in connection with the Kodiyettu ceremony.

He hoisted the ceremonial flag in the auspicious period between 11.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. in an atmosphere charged with devotion. Krishna bhajans and Vanchippattu, songs in praise of Lord Parthasarathy, were sung. The Utsavabali darshan in connection with the festival will begin after the Utchapuja on Friday.

The Parthasarathy dance and music festival will be held from 8 a.m. on Friday. Religious discourse will be held at 5.30 p.m. on all the 10 days.

The ceremonial Garuda Vahanam procession will be held at 1.30 a.m. on February 5.

Travancore Devaswom Board president M.P. Govindan Nair will inaugurate a cultural meet on February 7 afternoon.

The Pallivetta will be performed on February 8 evening. The 10-day temple festival will come to a close with the Arat on February 9.

The centuries-old temple is regarded as one among the 108 Tirupatis (ancient Maha Vishnu temples) in the country.

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