‘Sevvai Perum Thiruvizha’ Festival of Chettinad

During my visit to Chettinad in Tamil Nadu I witnessed their ‘Sevvai Perum Thiruvizha (Tuesday big fair)’ festival. This Chettinad Festival is so different! Big sized terracotta models of horses and cows, freshly painted and decorated with flowers were lined up and worshiped.

Cows are worshiped, that is understandable because they are considered holy! But I witnessed horses being worshiped for the first time. Which other state of India worships horses? Do you know any?

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Legends of Sevvai Perum Thiruvizha Festival

There is an interesting story to that:
The horses are believed to belong to two Gods Ponnan and Karuppar. These two Gods belonged to a village 25 km from Moolangudi, village in the Pudukottai district near Ponnamaravathi.
Once a girl of Moolangudi got married to a boy of that village. When Moolangudi people went to that village after the marriage, they slept in the temple of Ponnan. That night Ponnan came in their dream and asked them to take Him along with them. The villagers told him that taking a God from the boy’s place would lead to trouble. But when both Gods assured that they would make Moolangudi prosperous they agreed.
Karuppar and Ponnan kept their promise and Moolangudi became a very prosperous village. Two of their horses (statues) are always kept in readiness so that they can start to do any job at any time. People believe that daily night they go to their native village riding on these horses.

A big fair was on in the temple grounds with lots of lighting and decorations. Like everywhere else in India this festival too is celebrated with lots of music and mela (fair). Lot of stuffs was on sale, I found these handmade idols and statues interesting.


You can read the story here: Poy cholla meyyar Bhadra kali of Moolangudi

Travel Tips:

  • This is a 10 days long festival. Plan your visit from last Tuesday of Chaitra month in Lunar calendar (April-May) till the First week of Vaishakha month (May-June).
  • Dress modestly.
  • Use discretion and ask permission before taking pictures.
  • Ideal opportunity to practice responsible tourism, buy freshly made local products.



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30 Responses to “‘Sevvai Perum Thiruvizha’ Festival of Chettinad

  • beautiful statues.

  • Looks like another wonderfully colourful festival!

  • Superb images Indrani.

  • I know horses are believed as Karuppan’s vehicle and even in my grandfathers’ village there are horse statues with karuppan sitting on it. You captured the village festival mood and set well!

    Happy Deepavali 🙂

  • I enjoyed reading this post, thank you Indrani and your photos are fantastic!

  • Oh, how colorful and fun, Indrani!! Wonderful captures as always! Thanks for sharing the smiles and the giggles!!

  • Wonderful post! Thank you

    Namaste & ALOHA from Honolulu

  • I felt sure I had left a comment earlier this afternoon, but it's not there??? I really love the very colorful festival it is and your photos are superb as always! Hope your week is off to a great start, Indrani!! Enjoy!!

  • That is an interesting story about making Moolangudi prosperous.

  • What festive horses!

  • Interesting post, must be fun !

  • Wow! That's very interesting to know! So cute the terracotta models are! And your wonderful captures virtually takes us to the festival…

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  • Great pics and a really interesting read!

  • Very interesting …..!!

  • Never heard of it before! Lovely images.

  • That's the beauty of India!
    Amazing celebrations 🙂

  • I love the bright colors and learning about another culture. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • This is the first time I'm seeing pictures of this festival…thanks a lot for sharing Indrani… 🙂

  • I love the statues, so colorful and pretty. What a fun festival. Thanks for sharing, enjoy the rest of your week!

  • a great post and also congratulations on your blog being listed in the top list…

  • Fascinating – I didn’t know that horses were ever worshipped either – really enjoyed your explanation why. It sounds like an interesting festival – would like the chance to mooch around those stalls too.

  • Carol Colborn
    1 year ago

    Love the story about the horses. I think horses are the most beautiful animals on earth. Festivals like these are so colorful and revealing of a culture.

  • Never been to Tamil Nadu and thank you for letting me know a little bit more their culture and legend!
    @ knycx.journeying

  • It’s always fascinating to know about the local folklore. Though I stay in southern part of India, I rarely get to know about such rituals and festivals which are indigenous to some localities. Thanks for sharing the details along with lovely captures.

  • India is part of the list I have to visit before turning 30. If I get to travel within those months, I’ll make sure to go and participate on this festival. Yea!


  • blair villanueva
    1 year ago

    Very interesting. Horses are been part of history’s victory and loses, and no wonder many countries (during ancient times) treat them as holy.

  • Concise story sharing,i love the legends…:) Thanks for the tips… specially in taking photos… It really hurts when your camera is checked and the photos were being deleted because it is not allowed 🙁

  • village festival always give us lot of enjoyment…vert interesting .

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