OACHIRAKKALI

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Celebrated In:Kollam, Kerala
Centre of Activity: Oachira Temple
Held In: June
Main attractions: Oachirakkali, A Mock Battle Dance

Oachirakkali, Kollam, KeralaThe Oachira Temple is the venue of the famous Oachirakkali (Oachira dance) held in June, a sort of ancient choreographed mock battle. Unlike other temples, there is no shrine or idol at the oachira temple, located nearly 32 kms from Kollam.

The principal deity is a concept called Parabrahmam (Cosmic Consciousness). Rows of men dressed up in ancient soldier's constumes wave wooden swords and shields and advance and retreat to the rhythm of traditional drums.



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