: 3kms from Palakkad Dedicated to
Houses the Oldest Shiva Temple Famous For
The Annual Chariot Festival
The Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple is located 3 kms from Palakkad. The annual chariot temple is a gala event. The annual 'Ratholsavam' or Chariot Festival at Sree Viswanantha Swamy temple lasts for seven days.
On the last three days, beautifully decorated temple chariots are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees whose soul stirring chants rent the air.
Amidst the soul stirring chants, thousands of people and millions of hands try to reach out to be one of the privileged to have the honour of pulling the chariots, as they proceed in stately grandeur