14 Jun Trivandrum Arat, 2003
This is only a “pilot” announcing the arat procession led by the Maharaja. One of the riders is playing a drum which makes a deep base sound.In all such events the elephants are always caparisoned.
The members of the police force do play two roles, one keeping the crowd disciplined and two escorting the ceremonial procession from start to finish.
This is Uthradom thirunal Marthanda Varma- a maharaja of Travancore royal family. He is the principal person of the arat.
Now what u see are the dieties riding palanquins. closely behind the Maharaja.
The elephant ride is by Padmanabha samy
Several other dieties in the neigbouring temples also follow the Padmanabha samy to the arat
End of the slide show.