Ochira Kalli

- July 30, 2021


Illustration: Narendra Pardhi

Named after the town it takes place in, Ochira Kalli is a local festival celebrated at the Ochira Parabrahma Temple in Kerala in the month of June. It commemorates the battle of Kayamkulam, which was fought on the fields around the temple. The festival is celebrated through a ritualistic mock battle between two groups in the waterlogged paddy field near the temple. The bulls hold a special place here. Edduppu kaala, huge bull idols, made of hay and cloth are carried from their site of creation to the Ochira temple as a part of the celebration.

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