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Aalavattam (Malayalam: ആലവട്ടം) or Alavattam) is a special decorative circular shield or fan that is held beneath both sides of respectable idols, deities or mythological characters during festivals and dances, especially in the state of Kerala in South India. Alavattam is an essential element to be held atop the elephants during the poorams where caparisoned elephants are marched in an organized and controlled procession as part of the annual local temple festivals.