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  Mock fight during festival
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This is a unique place of worship, which has neither a structure to house an idol nor an idol to worship. The abstract principle of the Parabrahmam or the Universal consciousness is the presiding deity here.

Ochira Kali, the annual festival at the Parabrahma temple highlights the martial skills of the participants. The historical background of the festival is linked with the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha. The rulers of Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha are said to have fought a battle at this place, and the festival is conducted to commemorate the historical event. On these days martial displays are presented in the morning, turning the padanilam (battle field) into an arena of action-packed artistry. Men irrespective of age engage in mock duels wielding wooden sticks in their hands on a vast ground filled with water up to the knee level.

Address: Kollam District in South Kerala
Directions: Location: 34 kms north of Kollam town.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 105 kms

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  • Written Aug 3, 2005
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