Author: Syam

Malanada ~ The temple of Kaurava King

Peruviruthy Malanada or Malanada is the only Duryodhana Temple in South India. The story is that as part of his efforts to trace out the “Pandavas” in exile, Duryodhanan traversed the forests in the south and reached Malanada hill. The annual festival of Malanada Temple is known as “Malakkuda”. It is amazing to witness the ceremonial display of giant wooden horses and bullocks in connection with the annual temple festival. Malakkuda Festival is celebrated during the summer, the second half of March every year in Kerala.

Bharatanatyam ~ Meenakshi Srinivasan

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. Sharing here few moments from Meera Bhajan , performed by charismatic Meenakshi Srinivasan.  

Redemption ~ Annual festival of Kodungalloor Bhagavathy Temple

These photographs taken at Kodungallur Temple, Kerala during the annual “Bharani” festival. Thousands of oracles, both men and women from different tribes come there wielding swords, clad in red costumes, singing and going around the temple. Legend is that Hindu Goddess Kaali after defeating and Killing Darikan (an immensely powerful and arrogant demon) was still angry. To make her feel better,  “Bhoothaganas”- her soldiers sung songs and danced. Now yearly devotees gather and sing to appease the goddess and also seek redemption and unburden their sins. To invoke goddess Kaali, the ecstatic devotees sing wielding swords. All the Oracles (the mediator between God and devotees) are  in a trance due to deep devotion to the goddess. This is the most challenging photograph I have taken during the ceremony. There is a huge space constraint as thousands of devotes throng the temple during this festival. The oracles, who are in a trance due to devotion stand in front of the sanctum sanctorum with swords in their hands. I wanted to capture their emotions from close in low angle …

Rosemala ~ less explored eco tourism spot in Kerala

This is our second trip to Rosemala. Our first trip was a failure as we ventured out in a car. We were forced to stop in the middle as the car would’t take us any further owing to bad roads. It’s easy to get a Jeep from Aryancavu to Rosemala,the fare is Rs 400 perside. There is also a bus route to Rosemala but for that we will have to travel early morning. But if you miss this bus the only option is to depend on the jeep. The untarred path to Rosemala is heavenly for both eyes and soul. The only sounds that one could hear in this serene place was the humming of the wild and the roaring of the jeep. Our truck driver was really helpful as he doubled as a guide, explaining to us each and every part of the forest. Streams are common on the way to Rosemala. And the water is chilling even at noon. Small temples are common in the forest, we have also seen several like this …

Poruvazhy Malanada Temple Festival

Peruviruthy Malanada or Malanada is the one and only Duryodhana Temple in South India. The annual festival at Malanada is known as “Malakkuda” (Mala means hill top the temple and Kuda means umbrella an ornamental one used by Oorali, the priest, during ceremonial occasions.). It is celebrated during the summer, during the second half of March every year