Kerala is a place which offers almost everything to everyone and people don't have a single reason to visit this land of purity and divinity. In the month of Meenam (March-April) the Varkala Janardhana swamy Temple Arattu is celebrated. This Arattu Festival begins with Kodiyettu (Flag Hoisting) on Karthika day (the auspicious day) and ending with Arattu on Uthram day (another auspicious day). The grand procession adds colour to this festival with five barded elephants with Ornamental silk umbrellas, peacock fans etc. are carried, which make the event unique and mark as one of the significant festival of Kerala.
The Janardhana Swamy Temple is a famous Vaishnavite shrine of India. It is called as the Benares of the South and is 2000 year old situated on a very steep hill. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple bestows the traditional South-Indian architecture. The red-tiled roof of the circular building is the main shrine of the temple. The temple is 3 kms from the Varkala railway station and atleast ten thousand devotees visit the place during Arattu. People belief that the water in the pond of the temple is holy, and a dip in it will wash away one’s sins.
The forth and fifth day during Arattu is celebrated with various performances like Kathakali dance all night long. It is one of the main attractions of this Kerala Festival. Tour to Kerala is worthless until and unless you enjoy the true spirit of India which entails in its festivals.