Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Ezhara Ponnana at Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

The annual festival – Ezhara Ponnana - at the Ettumanoor Sree Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam is a popular and historic one. The Ezhara Ponnana procession is a major ritual. The story of Ezhara Ponnana is linked to the king’s rule. Ezhara means seven-and-a-half and Ponnana means golden elephant. Made of wood and covered in gold, each of the seven elephants is two feet high and the eighth one is of one foot only. Hence they are together called seven-and-a-half elephants.

Witnessed on the eighth and tenth day of the festival at Ettumanoor is the Ezhara Ponnana procession, which is grand sight to behold.

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