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Paripally Gajamela

1 Mar 2009 (annual)
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The town of Paripally is famous for one main reason - its elephant pageant. Every year around 50 of the large grey beasts take part in a ground-shaking ritual procession.
The people of Kerala are extremely keen on elephant pageants and indeed it is rare to find a celebration without one of the local tuskers stretching its legs. In fact, in the past many well-to-do families in Kerala owned an elephant, which was often considered a member of the household.

Uniquely to Paripally, the elephants in these processions are offered as Nercha (ritual offerings to the deity for prosperity) by devotees at the temple of the Goddess Bhadrakali.
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