Quick Takes: Pandavas Up For Painkuni Festival
Padmanabha Swamy Temple's ten day long festival will end up with the Aarattu at Shanghumugham | Akhil Rajarathinam
On Mar 31, 2015

Trivandrum: The huge fibre glass figures of the Pandavas (the five sons of Pandu in the epic - Mahabharata) is placed at the eastern entrance of the Padmanabha Swamy Temple as part of the Painkuni Festival. According to belief, the figures are put up to propitiate Indra, the Rain God.

The ten-day Painkuni festival is one among Padmanabha Swamy Temple's two most important festivals. On the ninth day, the head of the Travancore Royal Family performs the palli vetta (royal hunt) ritual, near the Vettakorumakan temple in the Fort area. The festival ends with the Aarattu procession to the Shanghumugham beach for the immersion of idols in the sea. The male members of royal family of Travancore, including the king, will escort the deities in the procession.

If the younger generation has still not seen this, they are indeed missing something that is culturally and historically important. 

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