Palliyodam, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

The Paliyodams of Aranmula Parthasarathy temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna are Aranmula’s unique snake boats. Which is revered as the divine vessel of the presiding deity in Sree Parthasarathy temple.A snake boat is about 103 feet in length. Each boat has about 4 helmsmen 100 rowers and 25 singers.

The much famed mega feast during the Ashtamirohini, the birthday of Lord Krishna known as  Ashtami Rohini ‘vallasadya’, were 45 varieties of dishes is served. Each kara or enclave have their own Palliyodams, after a spectacular reception at the ghats of the temple banks, devotees who came in the Palliyodams will move around the temple, chanting  vanchipattu, hymns praising Lord Krishna and then they are led into a hall where the humongous Vallasadhya awaits them. Even a second helping of the dishes are asked through ‘Vanchipattu’,