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Given here is information about the Ochirakali boat race of Kerala state in India.

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Ochirakali Boat Race

Venue: Parabrahma Temple, Ochira (54 km north of Kollam town) in Kerala
Time: In the month of June
How to Reach: Kollam is well connected to other parts of Kerala by air, road and rail link

Ochirakali Boat Race KeralaOchirakali boat race is yet another famous event of Kerala. Many people come to the sacred temple of Parabrahma. The unique thing about this temple is that there are no idols or sculptures that are worshipped. Parabrahma means the supreme power or creator of the universe. The presiding deity is universal consciousness. The Ochirakali boat race of Kerala is held in the premises of this temple. In Kerala, Ochirakali boat race is held on the place where former rulers of Kerala, namely, Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha are said to have fought a historic battle. The festival is held to honor that historical event.

Ochirakali is an annual event in the Sri Parabrahma temple, which aims at highlighting the martial skills of participants. Boat races are held along with many such events where people irrespective of their age flock to participate in mock duels that involves fighting with wooden sticks. The duels are fought in knee-deep water with healthy rivalry and in good spirits.

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