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

Posted by Syam on June 22, 2017 | 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 is celebrated on the 10th and 11th day of the
Malayalam Month Meenam.The deity of the Temple which is believed as ‘Swayam Bhoo'(Self Origin). This famous temple having no roof made for the sanctum sanctorum. On the festival day, boys and girls dress themselves as girls and ladies to hold the traditional temple lamp. The traditional temple lamp is made fitted on a long wooden rod and is having provision for five oil wick lamps.The cross-dressing is part of traditional ritual festivities and at night devotees hold the lamps and walk in procession to the temple to the accompaniment of a traditional orchestra. The two day festival attracts thousands of devotees throughout the State. Believers from other States are also participating in this not so common ritual.

[lightgrey_box] Kottankulangara, Chavara, Kerala, india [/lightgrey_box]

9 Responses

  1. Vibha Ravi
    June 26, 2017

    You have a nice collection of pictures here. Am glad you passed by my blog – I discovered yours. All the best for your blogging journey.

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    • Syam
      June 27, 2017

      Thank you so much Vibha 🙂

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  2. Neelima V
    June 26, 2017

    Wow! Brilliant photographs, especially the one of two women in saris. Loved it.

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    • Syam
      June 27, 2017

      Thank you so much Neelima 🙂

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  3. Tina Schell
    June 28, 2017

    Beautiful Syam!

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    • Syam
      June 29, 2017

      Thank you so much Tina 🙂

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  4. rabirius
    June 30, 2017

    Beautiful and interesting.

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    • Syam
      July 6, 2017

      Thank you Rabirius 🙂

      Reply

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