Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The race for the Nehru trophy in the lake Punnamda, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August each year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races. On this boat race of fiercely lutada, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with some of the estimated LAKH two people, including tourists from abroad, come watch the event. To the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory in this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come.

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The main attraction of the boat race is the competition of chundanvallams ships or boats of snake the snake. Chundans (the snake boat) is an impressive sight, measuring over 100 feet in length, with a raised prow. They were called snake boats by the former colonial rulers, who based the name on a native boat found in Norway, but bear in Kerala 's of Chundans little resemblance to their European namesakes.

history of race in the Nehru trophy boat to be associated with the visit of late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India to the official website of Alappuzha.Visit of Alappuzha. Chanced a trip from Kottayam to visit the official Web site of Alappuzha of the boat with water logged Kuttanad. A pageantry of boats accompanied him on the trip. The first race was an Impromptu conducted once in 1952 in honor of Panditji who visited Alappuzha. In of that race of snake boats, Nadubhagam Chundan state first. Panditji, who was excited and thrilled at the performance of the oarsmen, jumped in Nadubhagam Chundan, forgetting all security arrangements. The boat prosigueu the pier of the boat that carries the main Minister.On his return to Delhi in December 1952, Nehru donated a silver trophy, which was a replica of a snake boat placed in a wooden abacus. The trophy carries the following inscription above his signature.

This trophy later came to be known as Nehru Trophy, and in fond memory of great Panditiji, the people of Alappuzha celebrate the race for the Nehru trophy of each year.

The race course has a length of approximately 1370 meters is divided into several tracks for the conduct of the competition. When they are advancing through various tracks, appears as the fast moving snakes. The oarsmen splash the oars in unison with the singing and rhythmic beats of cylinders. The movements of boats of competence are Exciting so viewers get an agreement with the excited mode of uproars surrounding.

The festival begins with a procession of boats of the serpent. The snake boats and the variety of smaller boats compete in Kerala as Veppu `of` Churulan ', and the movement of a training oadi below the 1.4 km stretch of the lake as the villagers resistant, your biceps Rippling in the sun, with a row Flourish prepared the corner of the oars signs of Kuchelavritham Vanchipattu Malayalam classic of the poem written by Ramapurathu Warrier a regal King Marthanda Varma of Travancore in the early 19th century during a trip to the boat from Vaikom Thiruvananthapuram. The umbrellas performed in many high stress in each boat, the boats of the golden PROASE snake of black ebony and the patterns of change that make the rowers with their oars transform the lake into a kaleidoscope. The relaunch of floats that give rich cultural heritage of Kerala following the boat race, with the artists performing panchavadyam of theyyam of kathakali OEO padayani.

And then a silence falls on the lake front, broken only by the sound of wavelet which doubles the Earth and the rustle of palm leaves in the wind. The boats of the snake line at the point of departure for the big race. While the flag of the trigger from going above the scence stuck in a rigid framework that rowers with their paddles poised, alert the custodians of the pace and steersmen that stretch to meet their long oars.

The flag drops in a blur and suddenly starts beating. Enter into the crowd erupting into a roar, birds vibrates above its pole in the trees and the hiss of the snake boat their way down the lake in a blurring of the spray, fighting a battle casts dappled waters. From ayyo-poyye Ayyo-poyye - the pace is a crescendo while the oars dip and flash from 100 to 120 times a minute and the steersmen throw their paddles in a giant arc high.

The preparations for the big event started several weeks early. The boat of the snake is spotted with sardine oil for smooth passage through water, the best oarsmen are selected and, under the supervision of the senior most of the oarsmen, the practice sessions begin. Around 150 oarsmen, who represent the town, take the vow to observe strict celibacy and abstinence to the oars to each. Each division in the village and wealthy individuals in the time takes its food back into the athletes on days of massive celebrations in practice on the banks of river.

Even in the days of stone, this was a feature of the regatta with caste Hindus, the scheduled castes, Christians and Muslims sitting in the same row for the party that symbolizes the friendship communal in Kuttanad. In fact, the church has a traditional role in the celebrations in Champakkulam although the water festival there is a legend associated with the temple.

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