Archive for the ‘Festivity’ Category

Pandavas ~ Painkuni Festival

Posted by Syam on April 2, 2018 in Festivity, Latest, Mobile Clicks | 2 Comments

Figurines of the Pandavas (the five sons of Pandu in the Indian epic Mahabharata) placed at the eastern entrance of Padmanabha Swamy temple. Thiruvananthapuramduring Painkuni Festival

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Malanada ~ The temple of Kaurava King

Posted by Syam on January 22, 2018 in Festivity, Historical, Photo stories | 4 Comments

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 […]

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Redemption ~ Annual festival of Kodungalloor Bhagavathy Temple

Posted by Syam on September 9, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 12 Comments

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 […]

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Kadammanitta Padayani

Posted by Syam on July 22, 2017 in Festivity, Videos | No Comments

“Kadammanitta Padayani”(an offering to Goddess Kali) is being performed along with the 10 days long Pathamudaya Maholsavam at Kadammanitta Devi Temple, Pathanamthitta,Kerala.

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Poruvazhy Malanada Temple Festival

Posted by Syam on July 22, 2017 in Festivity, Videos | No Comments

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 […]

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Chamayavilakku ~ an offering to god where men dressed up as women

Posted by Syam on June 22, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 9 Comments

The Kottankulangara Chamayavilakku Festival is an annual Hindu festival in Kerala, India in which thousands of men dress as women to get the blessing of Devi to get fulfill their desires. The festival takes place at the Kottankulangara Devi Temple at Chavara near Kollam, which is sacred to the goddess Bhagavathy. Every year this festival […]

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Dance of god

Posted by Syam on June 1, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 8 Comments

Theyyam is a traditional art form of Kerala which incorporates dance, music and enshrines the fundamentals of ancient tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors.  The staging area of Theyyam is known as Kaavu. Theyyam is also performed at home (Tharavadu) and fields. Theyyam’ performers belong to […]

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