One of the attractions of Trivandrum is the Aaranmula Boat Race which is staged each year in the scenic village of Aaranmula in August/ September. This river carnival is part of the Aaranmula Temple festival. Masses throng the shores of the river Pamba to watch an imposing gathering of snake boats called Palliyodams. Aranmula Uthrittathi Vallomkali is conducted in the Pamba river in front of Sri Parthasarathi Temple. Though, large snake boats take part in this festival they do not race with each other. Instead, they row in union, singing religious songs and reach their destination together because Lord Krishna is believed to be present in each boat. Since 1971 this procession has taken the present form of a race conducted by the Palliyoda Seva Sangh.Each boat, nearly hundred feet long is a remarkable peak of craftsmanship, with the stem curved to resemble the hood of a snake and a tampering bow. Decorated with silk and gold studded umbrellas, the boats are manned by a crew of more than hundred men.
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