Kalpathi Ratholsavam (Kalpathy Ratholsavam) is an annual festival at Kalpathi Vishwanatha Swamy Temple, Kalpathi village of Palakkad district in Kerala.In 2014, Kalpathi Ratholsavam begins on November 14 and ends on November 16.
The festival is celebrated at the Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanatha Swamy temple where the presiding deities are Lord Siva (Lord Viswanatha) and his consort Visalakshi, another name for Parvati.
Kalpathy Ratholsavam is celebrated in Thulam Masam of Malayalam calendar.
The annual ten day chariot festival conducted here during the month of November is one of the most remarkable festivals of Kerala. Vedic recitals and cultural programmes are held in the temple during the first four days of the festival. This is believed to be over 700 years old. On the last three days, thousands of devotees gather together to draw decorated temple chariots through the streets.
The ancient temple nestles by the banks of the Kalpathy river which is also known as the Nila river. The temple dates back to 1425. The similarities to the famous Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath temple on the banks of the Ganges in North India gives this temple the moniker: kasiyil pakuthi kalpathy– Kalpathy is half Kashi. Kalpathi (Kalpathy), as the village or agraharam in which the temple is situated is known, is an early Tamil Brahmin settlement.
Sri Viswanathaswamy temple is based in the holy town referred as Kalpathy, in the district of Palakkad, in the state of Kerala in Southern India. The main deity of this temple is Viswanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is none. The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree.
The holy water of this temple is Well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this holy place is Kalpathy.
The main festivals of this temple are Maha Sivarathiri, Markali Tiruvaathirai, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Deepavalli, New Year day, Navarathri, Pongal, Onam, Vishnu, Malayalam and English New Year days and other Lord Shiva related festivals in this particular shrine.