Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Aranmula Vallasadya

One of the largest vegetarian feasts in India, the Aranmula Vallasadhya is a ritual offering to the deity Lord Parthasarathy. In this ritual the oarsmen of the snake boats are offered a feast. The feast has over 70 dishes. This event that stretches to more than two hours combines ritual offerings, sports and music. The feast is made more enjoyable, amusing and interesting with the oarsmen performing special songs for the feast beginning by praising Lord Parthasarathy of Aranmula. As the feast progresses their songs become more playful and include demands of specific dishes that they wish to be served.

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