Posts Tagged ‘ritual’

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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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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