Ernakulathappan Uthsavom is one of the most visited festivals in Kerala state. Mainly celebrated in the city- Kochi (Cochin) with immense fun and devotion among local people. The festival goes for 8 holy days and is venerated at Lord Shiva Temple, named- Ernakulam. Being one of the foremost HINDU temples in Kochi, this famous temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is also famed as- Ernakulathappan Temple. Exalted in the month of Makaram (January or February), this year- 2019, it would be solemnized on the dates- January 12 to January 19.
The speciality about the temple is a long parade in a magnificent manner of 15 to 20 decorated elephants with the unmatched celebrations, music and fireworks all around. The streets of Kochi revere Lord Shiva for 8 consecutive days and organise processions with Shiva idols on embellished chariots and elephants.
The pious commemoration takes place in the vicinity of the Shiva temple.
The first ritual which occurs early morning is flag hosting on the top of the
temple, termed as- Kodiyettam, and followed by the second custom- deity
ornamentation. Throng of devotees gather inside the mandapam area and begin
with the Shiva decorations. The last ritual holds the significant carcade, with
caparisoned elephants, better known to be- Pakalpooram. The whole set of
rituals are accompanied by various sacraments including- Shiva idol immersion, firecrackers
and other solemn ceremonies. Basically, Ernakulathappan Uthsavom is 8 days
festivity and happens with much gusto and dedication across Kerala. The
followers of Shiva also organise numerous other cultural programmes to
entertain people in the temple complex.