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Thrissur, Feb 05 (ANI): Domestic and foreign tourists thronged Kerala state for annual temple festival to see caparisoned elephants and traditional colourful dance. The temple festival, 'Thaipooyam', was celebrated with religious pageantry at Koorkancherry Sree Maheswara Temple in Thrissur district amid drum beats and procession. Main attractions of the festival were decorated elephants and traditional dance, 'Kavadis', which enthralled the visitors. People of the region revelled in the celebrations as other temples and houses were also decorated. Thaipooyam festival is celebrated in the name of Lord Subrahmanya, son of Hindu god Shiva. On this day, special rituals are also organised. Another major attraction was 'Kavadiattam' or dancing with floral arrangements made on wooden frames. The item is about six to 10 feet high and is carried by men on their shoulders. Feb 5, 2015
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New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, broke his silence on Wednesday (February 04) days after a senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan questioned his leadership in a letter to a newspaper before resigning. In a letter to party president, Sonia Gandhi, former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan had alleged that she received "specific requests" from Rahul Gandhi's office on environmental clearances. Rahul Gandhi said he had asked her to protect the rights of tribals. Feb 4, 2015