Kalpathi

• The festivities at Kalpathi Sree Visalakshi Sametha Sree Viswanathaswami Temple have resumed post the pandemic.

About the festival:

• Kalpathi Ratholsavam (Kalpathi Chariot Festival) is an annual Hindu Temple festival in the Kalpathi village of Palakkad district in Kerala.

• The temple dates back to 1425, where the deities are Lord Siva (Lord Viswanatha) and his consort Visalakshi.

• The ancient temple nestles by the banks of the Kalpathi river which is also known as the Nila river.

About Kalpathi:

• Kalpathy, the Brahmin hamlet of Palakkad, is noted for its unique architecture, music and Rathotsavam (chariot festival), is the first heritage village in Kerala.

• Pragpur of Himachal Pradesh is the first heritage village in India. A heritage village is declared by the State government.

• The Agraharam, the traditional residential hamlet which is believed to have been established by migrant Brahmins from Tanjore, will be well preserved under the initiative.

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Mains Paper 1: History

Prelims level: Kalpathi

Mains level: Art and Culture

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