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Kerala State Government is likely to declare Aranmula as a Heritage Village

The unique metal mirrors, Aranmula Kannadi, the centuries’ old Lord Krishna temple and the snake-boat regatta (Vallamkali) reflects the rich heritage of the place

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Aranmula boat race Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Union Ministry for Culture and Tourism will be sending two expert teams to Aranmula as part of its proposal to declare Aranmula a ‘heritage village’
  • The State government had given the proposal of declaring the unique place, Aranmula in 2008
  • The unique metal mirrors, Aranmula Kannadi, the centuries’ old Lord Krishna temple and the snake-boat regatta (Vallamkali) reflects the rich heritage of the place

The 2008 proposal by the State government of declaring the unique place, Aranmula, as a heritage village is likely to be taken into account. According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Kummanam Rajasekharan, ‘the Union Ministry for Culture and Tourism will be sending two expert teams to Aranmula soon as part of its proposal to declare Aranmula a ‘heritage village.’

‘Aranmula’ got its name from the centuries-old Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple located on the banks of the holy River Pamba. The Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and attracts huge number of devotees. Also, a team of experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) would also be visiting Aranmula soon.

Aranmula Parthasarathi Temple Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Aranmula Parthasarathi Temple Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Rajasekharan also informed that another high-level team from the Union Ministry of Tourism would also visit Aranmula, exploring the possibility of including Aranmula in the Pilgrim Tourism Circuit, said the Hindu report.

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The rich heritage of Aranmula includes the rustic traditions, arts and crafts and showcasing these reflections of the heritage of this unique place is the aim of the State’s proposal.  An exclusive workshop-cum-exhibition is also a part of the proposed heritage village which stall for Aranmula Kannadi besides a Vanchippattu kalari and a country craft building unit which makes Aranmula unique as it is not found anywhere else in the world. Aranmula Kannadi also makes the village unique as this unique craft is not found anywhere else in the world.

Aranmula mirror Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Aranmula mirror Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The anniversary of the idol installation (Uthrittathi day in the Malayalam month of Chingom) is marked by annual snake-boat regatta at Aranmula, at the Sree Parthasarathy Temple which is believed to be the oldest in the State.

According to the Hindu report, the toddy shops in countryside, the elephant with bunches of coconut leaves tightly-clipped between their mouth and the tusk, and their mahouts taking them for a bath in the river and country boats carrying travellers across the river are all typical countryside charms in Aranmula.

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Foreign tourists stay here for long periods with a desire to get knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The last day of the week-long Onam festival is marked with the popular Aranmula boat race.

The unique metal mirrors, Aranmula Kannadi, the centuries’ old Lord Krishna temple and the snake-boat regatta (Vallamkali), already has a special position for itself in the world tourism map.

-prepared by Pashchiema, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is a very effective step taken to conserve the art and culture of Aranmula. Not only Aranmula, but the local government should take steps to know many such villages and protect them from getting isolated or ignored

  • AJ Krish

    It is nice to hear that the Kerala government has shown interest in the protection and conservation of villages like Aranmula .All these heritage sites should be identified and protected.

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