Aranmula kottaram / palace - 200 year old structure, Aranmula, Kerala

Arammula Palace, Aranmula, Kerala 

Aranmula is a small, historical  traditional  town in Pathanamthitta district  Kerala state and well known for the Hindu temple dedicated to Parthasarathy Perumal (Vishnu). It is on the banks of the river Pampa.This place is also 

Aranmula Uthrattathi Boat Race,Kerala
 Above image:The Aranmula Boat Race is the oldest river boat event in Kerala, traditionally held during Onam festival (August-September). The venue is Aranmula, near the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The snake boats zip through the waters of the Pampa river in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting before an  exciting crowd. It is a form of  canoe racing using paddled war canoes. The snake-boat racing was introduced in 1972. Events take place annually near the Aranmula Kottaram.

Aranmula Palace, ranmula, Kerala

Aranmula Kottaram or palace is an old  structure built more than 200 years ago. Its history is vague and details are not available. Also known as Aranmula Vadakke Kottaram, it is a simple palace building without any embellished building in contract to those palaces in Karnataka, Rajasthan and other places. It is neither a palatial structure nor artistically designed building on a huge plot with garden, etc. However, one can spot grandeur in its simplicity and down to earth look.It is entirely made of fine wood and is amazing to look at it in the interior parts. It is mentioned that this palace is a major halting place for the  annual holy procession from Pandalam known as "Thiruvabharana khosa yatra" It was  right here that the 'Thiru Abharanam'(ornaments) of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala, were originally kept.

This compact and humble palace is close to the holy Pampa river and right across the famous Parthasarathy temple. This palace exemplifies the Kerala type of architectural form  Nalukettu which is  based on Thachu (carpentry) Sastra, or the Science of Carpentry and Traditional Vasthu Sastra that defines the plan of the palace..