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My Kerala Now it is called GOD'S OWN COUNTRY...The reason I believe coz the beauty of this place... greenery fields and hills one side and western and south side ocean .. Yes May be some times I think.. there are a lot of temples, churches and mosques.. in kerala in every junctions... IS THIS GOD'S OWN COUNTRY???
WHILE U TRAVEL THIS STATE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH... YOU CAN see a lot of festivals... with different traditions...
Theyyam is an artform of the Dravidians. And it has a revolutionary concept behind it since the Theyyam artists are from low-caste communities like Malayan, Vannaan etc. Even the high-caste people also now worshipping the Gods come in the form of Theyyam, so we can say it was against the then caste-system in Kerala in the blessings time, Theyyam give special blessings to the people from the high-caste families and even call out their family names and Theyyam goes to them to give blessings. Anyways, it can be considered as the Dravidian/Tribal resistance against the Brahmin rule in Hinduism.
The costume is so colorful and I could see many theyyams like Vishnumurthy (Narasimham), Kaara Gulikan (Sivan), Chamundi, Attakkaatt Bhagavathy, Poomaaran etc. .
IT IS A SMALL and nice TOWN south side of Trichur..city is rounded by small and famous temple KURUMBA TEMPLE
Bharani is a festival dedicated to the female goddess Kali of the Hindu Pantheon. Held in March of every year it is a quaint and colorful spectacle of hope, aspirations and sacrifice for the huge number of people who turn up from the rural hinterland of Kerala and Tamilnadu to offer their devotion to the female deity.
Each village or hamlet is led by their chosen Oracle who is dressed in red and gold and carries a large ominous sabre as they dance and swirl with their companions in a state of trance.
The female oracles hold their sabres adorned with tinkle bells and sway to a hypnotic rhythm of their mind. Dressed in red they appear every year in the Bhagvathy Temple at Kodungaloor, Kerala in the month of March/April. This is a peculiar festival of color, devotion and a statement on the caste schisms of India.
Goddess Attukalamma is believed to be incarnation of 'Kannaki', the heroine of 'Silappathikaram' written by Tamil poet Illango in 2nd century A.D. Attukal is the place where Kannaki took rest on her northward journey from Madurai to Kodungallur.
'Pongala' means to boil over. It refers to the customary offering of things which please the deity. It consists of porridge of rice, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins.
Festivities begin Thottampattu (a song about Bhagavathi). These religious songs continue for nine days of the festival. On the ninth and the main day of Attukal Pongala thousands of women gather in the temple with materials for cooking Ponkala or Pongala. The ritual of cooking starts early in the morning and by noon, Pongala would be ready. Then the Melsanthi (chief priest) arrives with Devi's sword and bless the ladies by sprinkling holy water and showering flowers. The 'blessed' Pongala is taken back to the house by the ladies.
Later, the idol of Devi is carried to Manacaud Sastha Temple in a colorful procession comprising of Thalapoli, Kuthiyottom, Annam, Vahanam, caparisoned elephants etc. Musical ensembles by famous artistes add to the festivities. En route onlookers greet the procession with Nirapara (a measure filled with paddy and decorated with flowers). The procession reaches back, the next morning, marking the end of the festival.
This is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the months of August-September in the state of Kerala. According to mythology, this land was home to king Mahabali-grandson of Prahlad. Onam is a three-day celebration in memory of the reign of this great king. The people believe that Mahabali comes to Kerala at this time to see his subjects because of a boon granted to him by the Lord Vishnu.
This festival is one of those events in which you will feel the rustic spirit of Kerala in all its vibrancy. Ochira Kali is held as part of the festival of Ochira Parabrahma temple, Kollam, and commemorates the battle between the kings of Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha, two erstwhile kingdoms of Kerala. Thousands of people come to see this rural event. Men, both young and old, dressed in colourful attire, step into the waterlogged paddy fields and engage in a dance like mock fight. This is a display of their physical skills as well, with hundereds of onlookers cheering from the sides of the field. Ochira Parabrahma temple is also unique for its having no visible deity. The whole worship here is centered around the concept of Parabrahma or Universal Consciousness.
Pulikali, also known as Kaduvaakali, is a 200 year old art, carefully preserved by the artists of the state. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers' hence the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. The folk art is mainly practiced in Thrissur (Trichur) and Palghat districts of Kerala. Best place to watch the show is Swaraj Ground at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikali troupes from all over the district assemble to display their skills.iii
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